At the end of 2013, Seiko launched a new variation of their Astron GPS Solar in limited edition form. With only 1,200 models produced for the world, the new SAST029 features a unique color combo for the series, with white ceramic center links, white ceramic jeweled crown, as well as a blue ceramic bezel.
The SAST029 also has some other traits never before seen in the Astron line up. The orange accents for the seconds, mode, and the home time sub dials hour hand make for a great “pop” on the dial. There are also blue metallic highlights on the mode indicators satellite connection section, and around the 6:00 sub dial. The dial also has the newer, larger hands (which can be seen on the SAST100 LE), making for easier visibility at night than previous models. In the image above, you can see the radial sunburst pattern on the translucent black dial that lays above the watches solar panel.
This new LE has a titanium case and bracelet, with the collapsed case sides found on models SAST015. Not quite as elaborate as the SAST100, but still have a greatly detailed aspect to them. Seiko’s proprietary “Bright” titanium allows the 47mm wide, 16.5mm thick timepiece to weigh in at only 141g, which amazes most everyone when they put the piece on their wrist.
As I mentioned before, the orange accents really make the SAST029 stand out, but what really makes a difference is the home time’s orange hour hand. This makes its small independent 24 hour hand really easy to read. Another nice touch is the watches chapter ring with difference from UTC in white with blue numerals and its ceramic bezel in blue, with white text for the city codes. I can easily say, this is the most legible Astron GPS to date.
This, as well as every Astron GPS, features the 7X52 movement with over 10 years of development and over 100 patents. The 7X52 is the only movement capable of connecting to multiple GPS satellites, pin point your location, and update the hands all by holding the upper right button for about 6 seconds. This piece can also connect to 1 satellite to update its second hand accuracy by holding the upper right button for 3 seconds, or will automatically do so with exposure to bright sunlight. The piece is also solar powered, with a maximum power reserve of 2 years in sleep mode.
Designed with a sporty look, inspired by sailing the sea, the SAST029 can recognize what timezone you are standing in (out of all 39), even if on a boat in the middle of the ocean. The MSRP on the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Limited Edition SAST029 is $2,900 and can be purchased directly from our website here. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFinetime.com.
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