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The most intelligent watch on earth

by Michael Weare
10 May, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Seiko-Astron

According to Seiko, the search for totally precise time, everywhere on the planet, is over. They’ve developed a new patented, low-energy GPS receiver watch that can receive GPS signals and identify time zone, time and date data using the global network of GPS satellites, recognising all the 39 time zones on earth.

A little confusingly it’s called the Seiko Astron – the same name given to the first Seiko quartz watch in 1969. The new Seiko Astron has been developed under the supervision of Seiko Epson Corporation and the watch will be released simultaneously across all markets in the autumn.

Accurate time, anywhere on earth

Seiko Astron world time

Seiko Astron receives the time signal automatically once each day and, on demand, connects to four or more of the GPS satellites that orbit the earth,. This enables the watch to accurately identify its position and time zone and show the right time in the right location.

The hands adjust automatically to the correct local time with Atomic Clock precision. Being solar powered, the Seiko Astron requires no batteries, and its perpetual calendar is correct until February 2100.

There are three models, one in high-intensity titanium and two in stainless steel. All have ceramic bezels, the same functions and high specifications, including a dual time sub-dial, in-flight mode indicator and sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Watch

The 47mm Seiko Astron enables the wear to simply step off a plane, press the button and the time and time zone will adjust automatically. The time corrects itself within moments to better than one second every 100,000 years!

Adjustment to or from Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time is also a one-touch operation.

Water resistant to 100 metres, the new Seiko Astron is expected to retail starting from US$1,880 to $2,600. Time to start saving my pennies.

Specifications

47 x 16.5 mm case
High intensity titanium or stainless steel options
Titanium model weighs only 135g
Solar powered, no battery changes
Perpetual calendar (accurate to February 2100)
Dual time sub-dial
Ceramic bezels (standard on all models)
Sapphire crystal with Seiko’s own AR coating
Non-synced accuracy of +/- 15s per month

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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