Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST015 – New Arrival

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Announced officially at this years Basel World Fair, the Seiko Astron GPS added 3 new styles for the US marekt.  The SAST015 is the 1st to deliver of the new models, and looks incredible live in the metal.  There are a few newly added attributes that contribute to a unique look to this model as compared to the rest of the line.

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The biggest improvement on the new SAST015 is the new ceramic bezel, which now has the city codes engraved on it making it even more legible.  As we have mentioned in our previous posts on Astron, the ceramic bezel is not only used for its scratch resistance, but also enhances the reception of Seiko’s in-house developed antenna ring, which sits underneath the bezel.  If the watch used a titanium bezel, the metal would cause interference with reception, which makes the ceramic the perfect fit for the Astron.

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Another distinct trait of this model is the new ceramic/titanium bracelet.  The center links are ceramic, with thin polished links surrounding the ceramic and brushed links outside of that.  The new use of ceramic in the Astron series looks gorgeous in person, and definitely adds an entirely new look to the design.   The flow of ceramic from the bezel to the bracelet is smooth and unique, which really grabs peoples attention.

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The SAST015 has a red second and mode hand, adding the “pop” to the watch to make it even more appealing.  The subtle accents on the dial add a surprising amount of sportiness to the model,  and still mesh well with the rest of the piece. As with all the Astron models, the dial is a black solar panel, and deeply recessed, giving a full 3 dimensional depth to the dial.  The case sides on this model are also engraved, similar to the LE SAST001 from last year.

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The feedback on the functionality of the Astron has been amazing to say the least.  With NO complaints, problems, or malfunctions reported by any of our customers, the new technology of the Astron has been essentially flawless.  The new technology Seiko developed in-house is incredibly impressive and proved to be a great travel companion.  I have now traveled with my own Astron GPS across the globe and have been able to receive successful reception with no issues whatsoever.

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With over 100 patents in the movement alone, Seiko’s Astron GPS technology is truly unique.  The range of newly developed materials start with a new GPS receiver with 1/5th the power consumption of a standard chip.  There is also a smart sensor that recognizes bright sunlight and automatically connects to 1 GPS satellite to update the accuracy.  A new integrated circuit was also developed to use a back up battery to ensure no malfunction in charging.  And of course, the antenna ring that sits under the bezel allowing clear satellite reception.  These are only some of the attributes that make the 7X52 movement so impressive.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST015

At $2,650 MSRP, the new SAST015 is a tremendous value. Also, the Astron’s are now available for order directly through our website.  You can now easily order the SAST015 by clicking HERE.  Of course, you can always contact us with any questions or to place the order by calling 1-800-486-3996.

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Seiko Celebrates 100 Years Of Making Wristwatches

Seiko 100th Anniversary of making wristwatches

In 1913, Kintaro Hattori launched what would be Japan’s first wristwatch, the Laurel.  For 2013, their 100 year anniversary, we are already starting to see new models in Seiko Japan’s press releases.  So far, here is what we have seen…

Grand Seiko SBGX103 Quartz Limited Edition

On Jan. 31st, Seiko announced the release of a new limited edition with the 9F Quartz movement.  Not only does this piece commemorate the 100th anniversary of Seiko’s 1st wristwatch, it also commemorates the 20 year anniversary of the 9F Quartz.  The SBGX103 is a new, very special, limited edition of only 2,000 pieces.

Grand Seiko SBGX103 Quartz Limited Edition

The SBGX103 has a specially selected Quartz crystal, and all 2,000 pieces have the even higher accuracy rating of only +/- 5 seconds a year deviation (as compared to +/- 10 sec a year as with standard 9F).  Some of the other attributes include an 18kt yellow gold Grand Seiko lion medallion on the case back along with engraved serial number “XXXX/2,000” and “Caliber 9F 20th Anniversary Since 1993”.  The dial itself is also quite unique.  It is embossed with a pattern to resemble “XX” (Roman numerals for 20) and small subtle GS lions throughout.  At the 20 minute index, you may notice that the lion is backwards compared to the rest.  This is also to signify the 20 year anniversary.  The final icing on the cake is the gold star above the 6 o’clock to indicate its special accuracy rating.  You may also notice this is not the typical oyster type bracelet you will generally see on the SBGX series.  This model will have the zaratsu polished attributes you will find on other GS.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST015

On February 5th, Seiko announced some exciting new editions to their wildly popular Astron GPS series.  The series itself is incredible, being the 1st analog solar watch to actually pin point your location, and update the hands automatically to whatever timezone you are standing in, all at the push of a button.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar SAST015

The new Astron pieces will be the same size shape and case design as the original, with some new twists.  There will be 3 introductions in titanium, which will be Seiko’s proprietary High-Intensity Titanium along with a ceramic center links and a ceramic bezel (as the other models have), but this time they engraved the city codes into the bezel.  These new variations will also have the engraved/collapsed case side as the 2012 limited edition SAST001.  While they are not limited edition, I am sure they will be in high demand.  There is also a stainless steel bracelet variation in the works.  The piece pictured is the new SAST015, with black ceramic and red accents.

As you may know, Basel World is around the corner and AZ Fine Time will be there.  To see all the great new introductions hands on, be sure to follow our blog.  Our meeting with Seiko is on the 1st day of the fair, April 25th, which we will be posting all the new goods!

 

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