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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CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE SATELLITE WAVE F100 CC2006-61E

CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE SATELLITE WAVE F100 CC2006-61E

CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE SATELLITE WAVE F100 CC2006-61E

Citizen introduced their first analog timepiece utilizing satellite timekeeping back in 2011, which was the first of it’s kind.  In the last four years, the technology has continued to evolve.  Their next major breakthrough on the use of satellite controlled time keeping was expressed for the first time at Baselworld 2014 and labeled the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100.  The model featured is CC2006-61E.

 

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

With the release of the new Promaster Satellite Wave Air series from Citizen,  came 2 new models with a totally revamped design that is insanely cool, upgraded technology making for faster reception and eliminating the need for ceramics, and instead of being an incredibly rare limited edition, is finally available as a regular production item.  Today we review the DLC variation, CC1076-02E.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

The similarity to the original limited edition wave from a couple of years ago is minute.  The sense of a 3D hologram for the dial is really the only trait the new Wave’s have kept.  This time, the uniquely fashioned dial is made to resemble turbine jet engines fan blades, using 3 separate layers giving it a tremendous 3 dimensional effect.  The sub dials at 3:00 and 9:00 are fairly simple, with 3:00 being a 24 hour indicator (synced to the main time) and the 9:00 sib dial indicating day of the week, power reserve and is also used for adjustments for daylight savings.  The partially skeltonized date is located at 6:00.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

The roughly 50mm hollowed out case design is incredibly elaborate, and inspired by the wings of a bird and plane in the sky, signifying its usefulness in flight.  The other aspect element that adds to its bird like attributes are its proprietary super-titanium case, making it as light as a birds wing.  This model also has a dark gray DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, making it very durable.  The hollow aspects of the case help in eliminating weight, making it 115g, and adding comfort, especially for such a large piece.  At a measurement of about 19mm thick, it surprisingly does not wear this way as most of that comes from the thick domed sapphire crystal, which allows light to pour through the dial from all angles.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

The strap on this model is what Citizen calls liquid rubber.  The new material is starting to make vast appearances in Citizen products this year, as it was introduced in the 2012 Concept model (the Citizen EYES).  The new Satellite Wave Air takes a slightly different approach as compared to other models using the same material, utilizing DLC coated titanium links actually wrapped inside the liquid rubber.  The overall comfort is incredible, very soft and durable, and just has an impressive look with the titanium inserts exposed in the 1st three “links” of the strap.  The wide buckle on this model is also DLC coated Titanium, keeping everything uniform.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

While the orange accents of this model give a beautiful look in the daylight, the watch is fully illuminated at night using luminova on all indexes and is also heavily applied to its large hands.  Legibility is key, and nigh-time reading on the Wave will be no problem at all.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

So on to the functionality…  The new and improved movement (the Eco-Drive H909) is made to connect to a single GPS satellite, updating the accuracy at least once every 3 days automatically when exposed to bright light.  The reception can also be manually received by holding the lower right button for more than 2 seconds, and you can see if signal was successful on your last attempt just by pushing the lower right button briefly.  With the H909, reception can happen as quick as 4 seconds, which is pretty amazing, and as long as 20.  The need for ceramics was also eliminated with this movement, due to a new type of antenna Citizen provided.  The watch is solar powered thank to Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, and can go a maximum of 2 years in the dark before it needs to be recharged.  To change timezones, you simply pull the crown out 1 click.  Your second hand will indicate which city you are currently set for and you turn the crown either clockwise or counter-clockwise to adjust.  From there, the hands will set themselves, and you shouldn’t ever have to worry about date changes, as the watch also has a perpetual calendar.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

This newly released Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E is now in stock and can be purchased directly through our website for $2,650 HERE.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Satellite Wave Air CC1076-02E

 

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Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Satellite Wave – Air CC1054-56E Review

Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Satellite Wave Air CC1054-56E

After launching the 1st Satellite Wave (aka the Appleseed XII) back in 2011, Citizen has relaunched the the Satellite Wave technology in a new series of regular production models, as a part of the Promaster series.  Debuting at Basel World 2013, there will be 2 new variations coming out in September with some great advancements in technology.  We were lucky enough to get our hands on a fully functioning sample prior to its release, and had the chance to put the new piece to the test. Continue reading