BASELWORLD 2016 – A NEW SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CALIBER – 8X22

BASELWORLD 2016 – A NEW SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CALIBER – 8X22

SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CALIBER - 8X22

It’s hard to believe that only 4 years ago, Seiko launched it’s technological marvel, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar line of timepieces. Since it’s debut, Seiko has taken an evolutionary approach to the Astron lineup. Each year since its launch, Seiko has taken another step towards perfecting the Astron GPS Solar technology.

Following the initial 7X52 caliber, Seiko introduced the 8X chronograph caliber and dramatically altered the Astron landscape. Not only did this caliber add more features, it was also dramatically reduced in size while retaining its functionality. The size of the caliber and watches shrunk by 30% creating a much more wearable timepiece.

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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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PRE-BASEL: CASIO G-SHOCK GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR BASELWORLD SPECIAL GPW-1000TBS AND GPW-1000T WITH TITANIUM 64 ALLOY

PRE-BASEL: CASIO G-SHOCK GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR BASELWORLD SPECIAL GPW-1000TBS AND GPW-1000T WITH TITANIUM 64 ALLOY

PRE-BASEL: CASIO G-SHOCK GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR BASELWORLD SPECIAL GPW-1000TBS AND GPW-1000T WITH TITANIUM 64 ALLOY

For Baselworld 2015, a new limited edition version of the G-Shock GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor has been launched. Using Casio’s new Titanium 64 alloy, which is several times harder then pure titanium, this new model undergoes the special Aged IP treatment used on last years MT-G Baselworld Limited Edition.

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CASIO OCEANUS OCW-G1000 GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR OCWG1000-1A

CASIO OCEANUS OCW-G1000 GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR OCWG1000-1A

CASIO OCEANUS OCW-G1000 GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR OCWG1000-1A

It has been several years since the US market has seen Casio’s premium line known as Oceanus.  Named from the ancient god of the sea, Oceanus brings the highest level of quality to the Casio line up utilizing premium materials, craftsmanship, and technology that is unrivaled. The fully metal GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor OCWG1000 is the first of the new wave of Oceanus to return to the US Market after years of being exclusively sold in Japan. Made at Casio’s flagship facility in Yamagata, Japan, these luxury timepieces are produced on an exclusive premium production line, where only award winning craftsman assemble Oceanus, as well as Casio’s other premium products.  Arizona Fine Time is extremely proud to be the first and exclusive authorized dealers for the new OCW-G1000-1A in the USA!

 

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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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CASIO G-SHOCK MR-G GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR MRGG1000B-1A

CASIO G-SHOCK MR-G GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR MRGG1000B-1A

CASIO G-SHOCK MR-G GPS HYBRID WAVE CEPTOR MRGG1000B-1A

Last year marked a memorable day in the record books when Casio introduced one of their most expensive timepieces to the US market, bringing the MT-G Metal Twisted G-Shock to this country.  This year, a new technology was brought forth with their GPW1000 series, featuring not only radio control, but also GPS timing information to make for the ultimate in accuracy.  Today, we introduce a merger of these two revolutionary pieces introduced in a variation of G-Shock typically only sold in Japan as their most premium G.  The MRG-G1000, known as the MR-G GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor has officially been introduced to market, with an unbelievable metal construction, the durability G-Shock is renowned for, and the impressive technology of GPS and Multi Band 6, all powered by light.

 

 

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NEW SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CHRONOGRAPH SSE025 SSE031 SSE033 FOR 2015

NEW SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CHRONOGRAPH SSE025 SSE031 SSE033 FOR 2015

NEW SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CHRONOGRAPH SSE025 SSE031 SSE033 FOR 2015

For 2015, Seiko is introducing at least 3 new models of the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronographs to the line up.  The first addition we have seen is the titanium SSE025, with rose gold accents for the hands, indexes, crown and pushers accompanied by a brown crocodile strap with 3 fold deployment clasp and Seiko’s Diashield coating on the titanium for added scratch resistance.  MSRP is set at $2,550.

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