BASELWORLD 2016 – GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE SPORT COLLECTION – SBGC017, SBGC015, SBGE037, SBGE039

BASELWORLD 2016 – GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE SPORT COLLECTION – SBGC017, SBGC015, SBGE037, SBGE039

Grand Seiko Baselworld Limited Editions

Introduced in 1960, Grand Seiko has been following an unwavering path of what Seiko calls “the purest essentials of watchmaking”. This path includes a clear ideal that each Grand Seiko timepiece should follow the rules of precision, legibility, comfort, and durability.

Since Grand Seiko’s introduction, these ideals have been followed to a “T”. However, this consistent forward motion does not mean there is no room for creativity and innovation. Today, Grand Seiko is giving us a taste of the future with their latest additions.

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BASELWORLD 2016 – ETERNA SUPER KONTIKI CHRONOGRAPH

BASELWORLD 2016 – ETERNA SUPER KONTIKI CHRONOGRAPH

Eterna Super KonTiki Flyback Chronograph

Being in the watch business for 160 years is certainly something to celebrate.  Eterna is celebrating this prestigious milestone by debuting a trio of exceptional chronographs that are sure to stir the souls of enthusiasts the world over. Welcome to the NEW Eterna Super KonTiki Flyback Chronograph with an in-house Eterna movement.

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Special Savings On Seiko Astron GPS Solar “Stratosphere” Models + Hands On With The SAS031

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS031

In 2014, Seiko introduced a new design for the Seiko Astron GPS Solar.  The design draws inspiration from the stratosphere surrounding the Earth and was thus named the “Stratosphere” collection.  The “Stratosphere” series has 4 terrific models to choose from, all of which are now in stock at exceptional savings!  The 1st model released in the line up was the SAS031, which we are going to take a close look at today.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS031

The dial on both the SAS031 and its counter part in rose gold plate (SAS032) will have a faint map of the globe as viewed from the North Pole, and altered to coordinate the city codes on the inner bezel with the map.  The translucent black dial stores a solar panel allowing the watch to recharge, and providing a maximum 2 year  power reserve if in sleep mode.  The dial lay out is the same as the previous Astron GPS models, with home time clock (an independent clock that does not adjust automatically) at 6:00 and the mode indicating hand near the 10:00.  The mode hand will display the watches current power level if not in any other use.  Below the power reserve is a small airplane icon.  Adjusting to airplane mode will turn off your GPS receiver completely, so it cannot manually or automatically receive satellite signal.  Below that is the day light savings adjustment, which can quickly be turned on or off by pushing the upper left button once, and holding the lower right button for about 3 seconds.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS031Above your power reserve indicator is the satellite connection indicator.  When the mode hand points to “1”, this means the watch is connecting to one single satellite, just to updates its accuracy, not timezone.  This will occur automatically if the watch is exposed to bright enough sunlight, due to a new smart sensor Seiko developed for this piece, or if you hold the upper right button for 3 seconds.  The “4+” is engaged when the upper right button is held down for 6 seconds, and this is when the Astron will actually determine your latitude and longitude, decipher which timezone you are standing in, and adjust the hands to that timezone.  Thanks to over 10 years of development and over 100 patents, Seiko has their proprietary GPS satellite corrected 7X52 caliber used in the Astron GPS Solar series.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS031

Now we get into the new design developed for the “Stratosphere” series.  You will notice that 1st of all, there are no ceramics in this line up.  Typically, the GPS antenna ring (which was developed in-house by Seiko) sits underneath the ceramic bezel of Astron, in order to connect clearly.  The “Stratosphere” uses a tremendous domed crystal that stretches nearly the entire diameter of the stainless steel case, an entire 48mm’s, and has the antenna underneath eliminating the need for ceramics.  The case in total measures out at 18.1mm thickness, but the domed sapphire crystal is 5mm thick in itself.  The crystal requires a labor intensive 10 hours of polishing in order to receive the smooth, domed, stratospheric design mimicking the second major layer of the atmosphere surrounding the Earth.  The difference in UTC is easily read from the front of the dial while the city codes are big and bold on the sides.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS031

The natural Lumi Brite material used for its luminova is spectacular.  The large hands display a great amount of lume.  Each index has lume, with 12, 3, 6 and 9 containing even more.  The most unusual part is the ring of reflecting lume that surrounds the edge of the sapphire glass, creating a cool and futuristic look, that lights up the dial tremendously.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS031

The pusher, crown, and pretty much the entire case design are totally different from the original series of Astron GPS.  Even with the extra strength silicone strap versions, these new models seem to be a slight bit more on the dressy side, with the leather strap variations even more so.  The SAS037 will be a stainless steel model on black croc strap…

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS037

And the SAS038 will have rose gold accents on a dark grey croc strap. This model is also labeled as a “Shop Limited Model” in Japan.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS038

The SAS032 is the rose gold variation on silicone band.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS032

Seiko Astron GPS Solar "Stratosphere" SAS031

As mentioned, there are four great models available at very special prices.  Here is a rundown of the available models at these very special prices:

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Stratosphere SAS031
Seiko Astron GPS Solar Stratosphere
MSRP – $2500.00
SALE PRICE – $1250.00
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar Stratosphere SAS032
Seiko Astron GPS Solar
MSRP – $2,600.00
SALE PRICE – $1,295.00
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar Stratosphere SAS037
Seiko Astron GPS Solar
MSRP – $2,550.00
SALE PRICE – $1,275.00
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar Stratosphere SAS038
Seiko Astron GPS Solar
MSRP – $2,600.00
SALE PRICE – $1,295.00
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Those interested can order these new models directly on our site HERE.  Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-486-3996 with any questions or submit an inquiry through AZFineTime.com.

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HANDS ON WITH THE GRAND SEIKO AUTOMATIC LIMITED EDITION BLUE GS DIAL SBGR097 – 42MM 9S61 NO DATE

Grand Seiko SBGR097

HANDS ON WITH THE GRAND SEIKO AUTOMATIC LIMITED EDITION BLUE GS DIAL SBGR097 – 42MM 9S61 NO DATE

2015 marked not only the 55th Anniversary for Grand Seiko, but also the 5 year anniversary of the introduction of the 9S65 caliber.  The advantage of the 9S65 as compared to the previous 9S5 series was the use of Spron 610 for the hairspring.  They also had a 72 hour power reserve (which was originally introduced in the 9S67 in 2006), due to their in-house manufactured mainspring, Spron 510.  Today we introduce you to a model that commemorates both anniversaries…  The SBGR097.

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Bremont Chronometer Watches Now Available At AZ Fine Time

Life for Nick & Giles English changed significantly one clear day in March 1995. Nick was practicing for an air display with their father Euan. But the 1942 WWII Harvard aircraft they were flying was involved in an accident. Giles, waiting to take off for the next sortie was told that his father had been killed. His brother had broken over 30 bones and probably wouldn’t make it.

Bremont Watches

Six months later, however, Nick was back in the air and being flown by Giles. But things would never be the same again. Life was too short to waste. The two brothers decided to pursue what they enjoyed most: a life crafting beautifully engineered mechanical devices.

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When they weren’t flying old aircraft, Nick & Giles had spent most of their childhood making things in the workshop of their gifted father – an ex-RAF pilot with a PHD in Aeronautical Engineering. Models. Restored cars. They even helped him to build an aircraft they still fly to this day. Euan was also passionate about mechanical timepieces. He would often bring home an old clock from an auction for the brothers to try and get going again. The passion lives on in the classic curve of a Bremont timepiece.

In the late 1990s, Nick & Giles were flying across France in their 1930’s biplane. The weather was closing in. A rough-running engine forced them to make an emergency landing. Keen to avoid the French authorities, the brothers were more than happy to accept the gracious help of the farmer whose field they had landed in. They stayed in his home, the aircraft took cover in the barn. It transpired their host had flown aircraft during the war, as well as being a gifted engineer. Half-restored wall clocks lay everywhere, together with numerous engine parts. The farmer still even wore his own father’s wristwatch. The brothers promised that his warm hospitality would never be forgotten. His name? Antoine Bremont.

Tutima M2 Pioneer Video Review

Uncompromising functionality and absolute reliability are the basic principles of a professional timing instrument. The NATO chronograph by Tutima, developed in 1984 and the official service watch of the German army’s pilots to this day, has outstandingly proven itself in global use for decades. Now the M2 arrives to continue this classic timepiece’s success story. We have made several improvements that will not only profit professional users but also sporty, active amateurs.

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Nothing can rattle it.
Good legibility, reliable functionality, high comfort level and water resistance, a large sweep minute counter, pressure-resistant for use to 15,000 meters above sea level, and shockproofed for blows, vibrations, and acceleration up to 7 g in all directions: these are the enormous prerequisites that the procurement office and forces alike put upon the Tutima NATO chronograph in 1984.

Our reedition, the M2, even surpasses these prerequisites. In the classic from 1984, Swiss caliber Lémania 5100 kept the time. Since this is no longer in production, we have integrated our own caliber Tutima 521 into the M2. It is protected by a pure titanium case pressure-proofed to 30 atm including a strong sapphire crystal coated with anti-reflective treatment on both sides and an additional casing of mu-metal. This nickel-iron alloy binds magnetic field streams so that they do not even reach the movement. The integrated push buttons are furnished with grooved neoprene inlays.

The hour counter has its own scale. The less often consulted display of running seconds and 24 hours modestly step out of the limelight. The time and chronograph hands as well as the hour markers are coated with luminous Super-LumiNova. This ensures good legibility, even under adverse lighting conditions. The Pioneer model variation additionally contains a nonslip rotating bezel with 14 luminous capsules so that set time intervals are easily recognizable even in full darkness.

This model comes on a titanium link bracelet with folding clasp. The box that the M2 titanium bracelet model is delivered in additionally contains a Kevlar weave strap as well as a tool set for changing the strap.

GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033 : HANDS ON

GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033

GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033 : HANDS ON

In line with the Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary, Seiko has a beautiful assortment of new limited edition models, outside of the 62GS Historical Collection.  The first we would like to introduce is the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT Limited Edition SBGE033, with a beautifully done radial finished green dial.

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