Credor Master Engraver Live In Action At Basel 2014

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This year at Baselworld 2014, AZ Fine Time had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of Seiko’s master craftsmen work in front of a large audience, in a way we have never seen before.  The highly regarded brand Credor is typically only sold in the Japanese market and has an extravagant line up of both men’s and ladies pieces, requiring different skills as compared to their other top quality brands, Grand Seiko and Galante.  The amount of skill required for the Credor brand as a whole is amazing, working mostly with precious metals and gems. Today, we discuss one technique you will only see in the Credor brand from Seiko, hand engraving.  The craftsman we saw in Basel is the award winning Kiyoshi Terui, who uses tools that he makes himself.

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Mr. Terui is responsible for hand engraving movement parts as thin as 0.25mm thick, at a depth of only 0.15mm.  As you can see in the image above, Terui does his work under a microscope ensuring his engravings are within a 0.01mm tolerance.  The main plate bridge of the Credor caliber 6899 is being engraved in a unique fashion, with no polishing and focusing on sharp edges and gleaming surfaces.  The sharp edges give the engraving more definition, not to mention a tremendous finished product.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

The near 20 years Terui has been engraving for Seiko is very impressive and his experience is expressed beautifully in his work.  In 2002, Mr. Terui was recognized by the Japanese government for his outstanding skill and awarded the “Outstanding Skilled Worker Award”.  By 2007, he was awarded the “Medal with Yellow Ribbon” for outstanding professional achievement by the Emperor of Japan.  There were samples of engravings that Terui had previously completed on display.  As you can tell from the picture, these examples are precisely executed, incredibly detailed and sparkle beautifully.   Hard to believe something so small can be done so perfectly, but this is what an artist like Terui is renowned for.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

You can see Terui’s work in progress on the monitor behind him.  On this bridge, he is engraving peacock feathers in perfect detail.  This process is tedious and time consuming , as one could imagine from the detail alone.  In most cases, engraving for one watch can take an entire week making a perfect example of being “dedicated to perfection”.

Credor Platinum Skeleton Hand Engraved GBBD985

On Mr. Terui’s wrist, you will see the platinum Credor Signo Skeleton model GBBD985.  This model features the hand wound mechanical caliber 6899, with 26 jewels, and is ultra thin at under 2mm, enabling them to keep it in a case under 6mm thick.  This was our first time seeing this model in person and it is truly extravagant.  The piece glimmers beautifully and is certainly eye catching, even though its size is subtle at under 35mm.  Even the crocodile leather is impressive in person, with a tremendous high gloss finish.  These pieces are manufactured, engraved and assembled at Seiko’s Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka, Japan.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui Cherry Blossoms

This year, AZ Fine Time will get a very small taste of Credor in limited edition form.  To give a subtle clue, imagine the Signo GBBD985, with subtle accents of cherry blossoms incorporated.  To find out more about this model, please contact us 1-800-486-3396.

Credor Hand Engraving Kiyoshi Terui

It was truly an honor to see one of the many highly skilled craftsmen of Seiko live in action.  Stay tuned to the AZFT Blog for more news on Credor and other amazing Seiko products!

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Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ001 SDGZ003 SDGZ006

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ003

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ003

As a new introduction to the US market this year, the Seiko Brightz series will finally be released in small quantities in mechanical chronograph form!  All models will have stainless steel cases coated in Seiko’s “Diamond Shield” clear coating for added scratch resistance and will come with sapphire crystal with proprietary super clear anti-reflective coating.

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ001

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ001

 

The new addition to the US line up will consist of 3 models, all featuring the in-house manufactured 8R28 chronograph movement, with column wheel and vertical clutch.  The 1st model in the series is the SDGZ001 having a silver sunburst dial.  The 001 will have a stainless steel tachymeter bezel and have 3 piece oyster type bracelet as the rest of the line up.

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ003

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ003

The SDGZ003 will feature a black hard coated tachymeter bezel along with black dial.  The series will all have indexes at all hour marks except at the 12:00, which will have a large Roman XII.  This design aspect is something you see quite frequently in Japan, and we are glad to see more like it here in the US.

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ006

Seiko Brightz Automatic Chronograph SDGZ006

The third in the series you have not seen as of yet is the new SDGZ006.  This model will be the same as the 003, but with rose gold accents around the bezel, on the hands and indexes, and also also accenting the chronograph sub dials and date.  All pieces in this line up will retail for $2,100, an unbelievable value for an in-house chronograph!

These models are currently available for pre-order at AZFT.  If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

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Grand Seiko Quartz Ladies Models – Coming Soon

Grand Seiko Ladies Womens Watches

Grand Seiko Ladies Watches

Nearly 4 years ago, Grand Seiko launched outside of Japan for the first time.  In this time, only men’s models have been available to the USA, but the demand for the high quality, high accuracy women’s watches has been here the entire time.  If a man has purchased one of the finest finished and most accurate watches in the world, why not get something of the same quality for the missus!

Grand Seiko Quartz Ladies STGF075

Grand Seiko Quartz Ladies STGF075

For 2014, 3 different ladies models will be introduced to the US market.  The first and most affordable in this line up will be the STGF075.  This will be the only in the series without diamonds, but still has an elegant and sparkly finish thanks to the katana blade polishing on the case, bracelet, hands and indexes.  The case diameter will be 26mm on all 3 styles, and all will be 9.2mm thick with 5 pieces link bracelet.  The STGF075 will retail for $2,500.

Grand Seiko Quartz Ladies STGF077

Grand Seiko Quartz Ladies STGF077

The second in the ladies collection will be STGF077 with pink mother of pearl dial and 2 diamonds on each index (except at 3:00 where the date window is).  The  case is near oval in design with mostly the mirror finish exposed on the case sides.  Nearing the bezel, you will notic a facet in the case that has a satin finish visible near each lug.  The STGF077 will retail for $3,000.

Grand Seiko Quartz Ladies STGF079

Grand Seiko Quartz Ladies STGF079

The final piece in the line up is the new STGF079 with complete diamond bezel.  The diamonds are a perfect compliment to sparkle with the finish, with a beautiful curvature to the case ensuring an elegant fit.  The 3 models will house the  4J52 high accuracy quartz caliber with +/- 10 second a year accuracy rating and 3 year battery life.  The MSRP on the STGF079 will be $5,600.

 

These models are currently scheduled for fall delivery this year and are currently available for pre-order through AZ Fine Time.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 or submit an inquiry at AZFineTime.com.

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Seiko Galante – Snow Leopard SBLA081 – Glitter SBLL023

Seiko Galante 2014

Seiko Galante 2014

This year will bring forth more of Seiko’s bold and intriguing luxury brand, Galante.   As there was only one sample to be seen at this years Baselworld Fair, we did get a sneak peak of 2 other very interesting items to be released in 2014.

Seiko Galante Spring Drive Chornograph "Snow Leopard" Limited Edition SBLA081

Seiko Galante Spring Drive Chronograph “Snow Leopard” Limited Edition SBLA081

The 1st model to actually be seen in person is the SBLA081 “Snow Leopard” Limited Edition.  This model will be the 1st to come to the USA using the 5R86 Spring Drive Chronograph GMT movement.  The dial features black roman numerals from 6:00 to 12:00 with white roman numerals atop a mother of pearl.  You will also notice the 8:00 index is 4 diamonds as opposed to the roman numeral.  The design element theme is very fashionable as Galante is intended to be.  The strap is a white crocodile leather with a bluish grey tint surrounding the scales, which is a nice touch.

Seiko Galante Spring Drive Chornograph "Snow Leopard" Limited Edition SBLA081

Seiko Galante Spring Drive Chornograph “Snow Leopard” Limited Edition SBLA081

There is a glittery granite texture to the chronographs hour minute and central seconds hand, which seems subtle in person, but ads that extra bit of flare that makes it Galante.  The case sides are also ornately designed with what is called a coin edge V shaped cut.   This model will be limited to 100 pieces for the world and will become available at AZ Fine Time this fall.

Seiko Galante "Glitter" Automatic Limited Edition SBLL023

Seiko Galante “Glitter” Automatic Limited Edition SBLL023

The next on the list of new Galante’s coming this year is the mechanical automatic SBLL023 labeled the “Glitter” for obvious reasons.  This piece is made for the “Galantist” who goes out to the night scene such as night clubs, parties, and glamorous events.  The new “Glitter” symbolizes the exciting night life.  Trendy and fashion forward, the Glitter model will have Swarovski crystals to make the large “G” on the dial.  Black and white diamonds are also accented on the dial and lugs to give the extravagant feel.  The case sides of this piece will have 23 facets, symbolizing the 23 wards of Tokyo, and will be completely finished in Zaratsu polishing.  The Glitter can easily be a chic men’s pieces, or a fashionably large women’s piece.  This will also be limited to 100 pieces for the world.  

 

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Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT – SBGJ001 – SBGJ003 – Limited Edition SBGJ005

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

In 1968, Seiko introduce their 1st 36,000 bph caliber in Grand Seiko in the 61GS.  For 20 years, this rate of movement was a staple in the Grand Seiko collection.  In 1988, however, the decision was made to make all Grand Seiko watches with a quartz movement.  They did bring back the mechanical movements to Grand Seiko in 1998, but only in 28,800 bph.  In 2009, Seiko re-introduced its 1st Hi-Beat caliber in over 21 years, the 9S85 movement.   The advancements in technology allowed Seiko to tremendously improve on the resilience of the hairspring. MEMS and CAD/CAM manufacturing allowed them to build smoother, stronger, lighter and more precise escapement gears and pallet forks, and the alloys for the mainspring were able to provide enough power and torque to supply the faster rate, as well as extending power reserve.  All of these factors came together to build a superior movement at a fast rate, eliminating some of the most prevalent issues of wear and tear with a 36,000 bph caliber.  For the 5 year anniversary of the 9S85 caliber, Seiko has expanded the series of calibers by adding the 9S86, with new GMT feature.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

To celebrate this new release, Seiko introduced 3 new models with the new 9S86 caliber.  1st, we introduce the Limited Edition, SBGJ005.  The dial of the 005 is a beautiful dark green with gold accents to symbolize the summers surrounding the Shizuku-Ishi watch studio in Morioka Japan.  During the summers, the trees are a beautiful green surrounding Mt. Iwate, which is visible outside of the windows of the studio.  The detailed texture in the radial finished dial express the ridges of Mt. Iwate, giving a beautiful texture as only seen once before on the SBGH005.  The entire line up of new Hi-Beat GMT’s will have the same textured dial.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

This limited edition will be the only in the series to feature a unique titanium rotor with weighted with tungsten that covers nearly the entire movement, with openings to expose the beautifully striped and decorated caliber.  The wing motif of the rotor expresses the leap to the next level of the 9S8 caliber.  The titanium rotor is treated by anodic oxidation to create its gold tone.  The titanium not only has high corrosion resistance, but also acts as a shock absorber which reduces the chance of distortion to the rotor and the its bearings.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Limited Edition SBGJ005

For the new SBGJ005, only 600 pieces total will be made for world wide distribution.  The watch expresses strength and growth (of which Grand Seiko has gone through a tremendous amount of over the last 4 years), and has a tremendous deep look to the dial.  There is much meaning that goes into Grand Seiko as a brand, with the SBGJ005 expressing many great things in Grand Seiko’s history, heritage and evolution.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ003

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ003

The next piece in the new 9S86 series is the SBGJ003.  This model will have the same ridge textured dial as the SBGH005 with red GMT hand and accents.  The stainless steel case on all three models is 40mm, inspired by the 1st Grand Seiko to come out of Daini Seikosha (now SII/Shizuku-Ishi), the 44GS.  While it is not quite the same as the SBGW047 released last year, it is more comparable to the SBGR081/083 automatics.  The case on the SBGJ series will be slightly thicker then last years automatic LE, at 14mm.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ003

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ003

The finish is of the case exposes a significant amount of the Zaratsu blade polishing technique.  This mirror like finish is considered to be one of the finest in the industry, and dates back to 1964 when Seiko first started using it on the Grand Seiko wrist watches.  These also have a beautiful slightly domed sapphire crystal with Seiko’s proprietary anti-reflective coating, eliminating 99.9% of glare.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ001

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ001

The final piece in the new Hi-Beat GMT’s is the SBGJ001.  This model will have a white dial, again textured with the ridges of Mt. Iwate, and blue steel GMT hand.  The texture is easiest to see of the 3 new models, as the darker colors texture tend to fade into the shadows, making them more subtle.   The GMT movement features an independently adjustable hour hand, making for quick timezone adjustments without deviating the watches -3 to +5 second per day accuracy rating.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ001

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ001

The look of the white dial with blue accents is very reminiscent of the Snowflake model, due to texture, crossed with a slight bit more silver as you would see in the SBGH001.  The design on all 3 are gorgeous making for difficult decisions between the 3.  Of course, the limited model will be in the most high demand for obvious reasons, but all 3 are outstanding.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ003

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT SBGJ003

For core production models (SBGJ001 and 003), the rotor will be the same as on the SBGH series.  Striping can be found throughout the movements, with all the same special manufacturing methods as on the original SBGH series. The sapphire crystal case back will also have the subtle Grand Seiko Lion hologram visible at certain angles.  Another beautiful and subtle detail as always found in GS.  Official pricing on the SBGJ001, 003 and 005 is still being finalized.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Special 18k Gold SBGJ007 SBGJ008 SBGJ009

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Special 18k Gold SBGJ007 SBGJ008 SBGJ009

There are also a set of Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT Special’s coming this year in 18k White Gold (SBGJ007), Yellow Gold (SBGJ008), and Pink Gold, SBGJ010.  These will feature a specially adjusted movement with higher accuracy rating then the Grand Seiko Standard (+5/-3 seconds per day).  The Grand Seiko Special Standard models will have a +4/-2 second a day deviation rating, making them one of the highest accuracy mechanical movements available.  The case size on these will be 39.5mm wide and 13.9mm thick.  These are estimated to retail from $20,000-$21,000 and only 200 pieces will be produced between all 3 colors annually.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat Special Stainless Steel SBGH035

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat Special Stainless Steel SBGH035

Finally, this year will also introduce a stainless steel Hi-Beat Special (non-GMT) model labeled as SBGH035.  This will also have the +4/-2 second per day deviation rating and come in a 38mm case with back crocodile strap.  Only 300 pieces will be made world wide, and are estimated to retail at about $7,500.

All models are currently available for pre-order.  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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Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition – SBGV009 – SBGV011

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

For the 50th Anniversary of the second Grand Seiko ever produced (the Self-Dater cal. 5722), Seiko introduced a series of limited editions in 2 movement types.  We first reviewed the Spring Drive series, and today, introduce the 9F82 Quartz models, SBGV009 and SBGV011.  Both the Spring Drive and quartz models are made at the Suwa factory in the Nagano prefecture of Japan.  This is the same area where the Grand Seiko was made back in 1964, when they released the original Self-Dater.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

There will be 2 models of 9F82 high accuracy quartz introduced this year to help replicate the original.  The first in the line up is the SBGV009.  The 009 will have a silver, radial sun burst dial in a 37.2mm stainless steel case.  The Grand Seiko logo is in the same font type as found on the model from ’64 and the case design will be almost exact, just slightly larger.  Only 1,200 of this model are to be produced.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

The second model in the series is the SBGV011 with what may be called a black dial based on most pictures seen.  The dial is actually more of a dark grey, or anthracite, also with a radial sun burst finish.  Only  900 will be produced of the 011.  The case on both models will be 37.2mm wide, 10.5mm thick, and will be completely finished in the immaculate Zaratsu blade polishing technique, giving a beautiful mirror look to every angle of the case.  This is special not only because of all the labor that is required for this technique, but also as the ’64 Self-Dater was the first in the Grand Seiko brand to have it.

 

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

The movement utilized in these L.E.’s is the 9F82 quartz.  Not your typical quartz watch to begin with as it typically has a +/- 10 second a year accuracy rating and 50 year internal service life (not counting battery changes every 3 years).  The movement inside these Self-Dater models will actually have a specially aged, tested, and selected quartz crystal, ensuring a +/- 5 second a year accuracy rating, and of course still maintains the same service life.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

The case back of both models pay tribute to the original by using the same Grand Seiko logo on the case back.  The watches will be individually numbered XXX/1,200 or XXX/900, depending on the model.  The case design is truly impressive, using a deeply domed sapphire crystal, with thick rounded lugs, that are something you do not see in any other current Grand Seiko models.  The facet to the case sides also adds tremendous detail, especially considering the whole case is executed in the same finish.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV011

The release of the original Self-Dater was considered to be the “evolution of practicality”, being the first Grand Seiko to have date, higher water resistance, and Zaratsu finish.  This started new design elements in the series and those designs continued to evolve every year.

Grand Seiko "Self-Dater" Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

Grand Seiko “Self-Dater” Quartz Limited Edition SBGV009

Both models are set to retail at $4,000.  These will include the crocodile leather strap with tang buckle (as pictured) and (I believe) stainless steel bracelet. Both are scheduled to arrive sometime in July, with extremely limited quantities in the USA.  Both are available for pre-order.  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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Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph – Line up

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Just when you thought Seiko’s Astron GPS technology couldn’t get any better, Seiko launched their new 8X82 equipped Astron GPS Chronograph!  While the chrono is a new feature, there is a whole lot more to this timepiece that makes it so special.  Power is everything, and the new 8X82 is even more efficient then its predecessor, the 7X52.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Edition SSE001

Before we get in depth of the capabilities of the new Astron, we would like to introduce the 1st in the series, the Limited Edition SSE001.  This model will be slightly different than the rest of the line up.  The case size will be slightly larger then the other models at 45mm.  The ceramic bezel will be faceted, and the bracelet will be titanium, with ceramic links.  You may also notice that the dial is white, something never before seen in the Astron GPS series.  Thanks to a new type of dial that allows much more light to penetrate, new dial colors are achievable in the series.  The SSE001 will be limited to 7,000 pieces for the world and include a leather strap option in the package.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE003

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE003

You will see the same black dial as before seen in the Astron GPS, with the SSE003 being the 1st model in the series to have it.  The 003 has titanium case and bracelet, and what is very exciting is that all the new Astron GPS Chronograph models will be coated in “Diamond Shield” hard coating, making them extremely scratch resistant.  This plating technology is something we are seeing for the 1st time in the US from Seiko, but has been seen in the Japanese Domestic Market.  All models of Astron GPS Chronograph aside from the limited edition will be 44.6mm case diameter.  A big difference from the 47-48mm in the original and “Stratoshere” series.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE005

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE005

The new dial capabilities allow for a metallic blue dial on the SSE005.  Accompanied by a vibrant blue ceramic bezel, this model has been getting a lot of attention within the new line up.  This model will also be in Seiko’s Bright Titanium with Diamond Shield coating.  The functionality of the new 8X82 movement has been improved, allowing for more features, but also is more user friendly.  The GPS connecting feature is still essentially the same where you will hold the upper LEFT (as opposed to the right on the 7X52 models) button for 3 seconds for 1 satellite connection (accuracy update) and 6 seconds for GPS multiple satellite connection (to update location/timezone).  To change timezones manually without satellite connection, instead of holding down a button then using other buttons to change timezones, this is now done by pulling out the crown one click, and turning until the second hand points to you current location.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE013

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE013

The chronograph is very easy to use at it is operated like most any chronograph.  Using the upper right button will start and stop the chrono, with the lower right button used to reset.  The stopwatch will measure up to six hours and as little as 1/5th of a second.  The central seconds hand will act as your 1/5th of a second counter when activated.  The sub dials not only register the minutes and hours, but also display the satellite connection at 10:00 and your different mode displays (satellite connection, airplane mode, power reserve) at the 6:00 sub dial.   You will notice that the SSE013 pictured above has a tachymeter engraved in the ceramic bezel, instead of city codes. This model has a stainless steel case (with black hard coating), and all other steel models in the line up will feature tachymeter bezel.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE015

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE015

The SSE015 will be stainless steel case as the 013, but on the extra-strength silicone strap with 3 fold deployment clasp.  The case on this model, as well as other Astron GPS Chronographs will be finished in the mirror like, Zaratsu blade polishing technique.  The craftsmanship that goes into the exterior only compliments the technologically advanced internal components.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE017

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph SSE017

The SSE017 will have the popular color combo of black and orange, feature a stainless steel black hard coated case and come on the extra-strength silicone strap.  You will notice that all of the new Astron models have larger, heavier hands.  Thanks to more efficient conversion of light to energy, the watch is not only capable of moving the larger hands, but also add a chronograph feature, and reduce the size by 30%.  To give you an idea of how much electricity is needed to connect to the satellites, it is equivalent to 10,000 times that of a battery watch, or 300 times that of a radio controlled watch.  Very impressive to say the least.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Ladies

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Ladies

Other exciting news on this series is that now Astron will have a ladies model.  The reduction of size has made this possible and while still a larger ladies piece, is still very much in trend of fashion.  The dial will be white mother of pearl with diamond markers, have white ceramic bezel and rose gold plated case, with white leather strap.

The new 44.6mm wide, 13.3mm Astron GPS Chronographs are scheduled to arrive this fall, and will start as low as $1,825.  All models are currently available for pre-order through AZ Fine Time, and 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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