CASIO G-SHOCK FULL METAL 5000 SERIES COMING SOON TO AZ FINE TIME

CASIO G-SHOCK FULL METAL 5000 SERIES COMING SOON

Posted by Gary Spahr, Kole Hirsh on 12th Feb 2018

Arizona Fine Time is proud to offer the new Casio G-Shock Full Metal 5000 Series

Possibly replacing the DW-5750 revival as the most surprising release of the year, the G-Shock GMW-B5000 series features metal bezels and bands with the classic square shape plus a sapphire crystal, Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, and Bluetooth V4.1 connectivity. Reminiscent of the solid gold Dream Project concept watch, the GMW-B5000 has two variants: the silver GMW-B5000D-1 and gold GMW-B5000TFG-9. We don’t have any official information from Casio yet but have heard that the watches are limited editions made of steel with a price of around €500 EUR for the silver model and €600 EUR for the gold model.

It is believed that the GMW-B5000 has a full stainless steel housing and screw-back case like the GW-5000-1JF. A European distribution site states that it has a phone finder and flight log memory functions, as well as the usual features like world time, stopwatch, timer, 5 alarms. It is fully shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters. Unlike most 5000-5600 models, it has a LED light instead of the EL backlight. No word yet on if it has call and message alerts like the GB-5600 series did.

The solar panels on the face have a brick pattern that is reminiscent of the first-ever G-Shock DW-5000 and previous DW-5000 anniversary tribute models. This is the first time this brick pattern has appeared on a solar model.

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More information to come soon! Call our experts to place your pre-order now: 1-800-486-3996

 

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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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SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CHRONOGRAPH GIUGIARO DESIGN 2015 LIMITED EDITION SSE037

SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CHRONOGRAPH GIUGIARO DESIGN 2015 LIMITED EDITION SSE037

SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CHRONOGRAPH GIUGIARO DESIGN 2015 LIMITED EDITION SSE037

At the beginning of February 2015, Seiko Japan announced their first collaboration with Giorgetto Giugiaro on their widely popular Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph.  This holds a special place in many ways for Seiko fans…  Not only is Giorgetto Giugiaro a world acclaimed car designer, he also worked with Seiko during the era of their first analog quartz chronographs in the early 1980’s.  It seems only fitting that this renowned designer who collaborated with Seiko on breakthrough technology of the 80’s, is contributing to their latest breakthrough, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph.

 

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Seiko Astron GPS Stratosphere New Design Coming to the US – 4 New Models

Seiko Astron New Design Stratosphere

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.

Seiko Astron GPS New Design SAST031 SAST032

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.

Seiko Astron New Design Stratosphere

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.

Seiko Astron GPS New Design SAST037 SAST038

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.

Seiko Astron GPS New Design Stratosphere SAST037

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.

Seiko Astron New Design Stratosphere

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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Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K

For their 100th Anniversary, Fortis released a number of outstanding limited editions to commemorate their last century of watchmaking.  One of our favorites here at AZ Fine Time is the Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K.

Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K

This Fortis Spaceleader is actually designed by Volkswagen, and has won numerous awards for it’s unique design.  The most intriguing part of its design is the rubber strap that wraps half of the case, only covering the crown/chronograph pushers side of the case.  This unique lay out really stands out at a glance, and is only one cool part of its design.

Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K

The case is 43mm and completely high polished.  The thin bezel is partially covered by the custom rubber strap, which as I mentioned, covers the right side and exposes the crown and chrono pushers.  The pushers are very well shaped.  Large and fairly flat up against the case, which makes for easy use and comfort.

Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K

The dial on this piece is really well laid out.  The large circular center at the base of the hands makes for an interesting characteristic.  The hands themselves are even uniquely shaped, but still prove to be very legible on its contrasting white dial.  The deeply recessed dial is actually luminescent, glowing an electric blue when in the dark and is protected by anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K

The movement is a Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph which has 28,800 bph and about a 42hr power reserve.  This also features a day/date display, small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30 min counter at 12, and 12 hr counter at 6.

Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K

See our video review below…

Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-486-3996 with any questions.  Thanks for reading!