At the beginning of Sept. 2013, Seiko Japan had announced a new design for the Seiko Astron GPS series. The launch of the new “Stratosphere” design was something we could not confirm whether or not would be available to the US market, until now. The Seiko Astron GPS Stratosphere series is officially coming to the US, in 4 different variations.
The 1st 2 pieces in the series are models SAST031 (left) which is a stainless steel case with Seiko’s extra strength silicone strap retailing for $2,500, and SAST032 (right) which is also stainless steel, but with rose gold plating, also on the extra strength silicone retailing at $2,600.
Both of these models will have a new dial type, featuring a map in the center, lining up each city code in coordination with its location on the map. This new dial will only be found on the 2 sports models as shown above.
The next 2 styles are going to be a little more dressy in comparison. SAST037 (left) will have a stainless steel case with black radial dial (as seen on previous Astron models) and crocodile leather strap retailing for $2,550. The SAST038 (right) will be very similar, but with rose gold plated accents, and slightly lighter gray strap and will retail for $2,600.
All 4 of these new styles will have a 48mm wide by 18mm thick case size. While larger than the original release Astron’s, part of the thickness is due to the deeply domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside. The new domed crystal requires over 10 hours of polishing in order to achieve its dome. These new styles now have the city codes and difference in UTC inside of the bezel, eliminating the need for ceramics.
These new models of Astron GPS are scheduled to deliver in the next month or two. As always, if you have any questions, or wish to pre-order, please call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.
They are also available to pre-order directly on our site HERE.
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