Seiko Astron Watches
The Seiko Astron watch collection is well-known in the global watchmaking community for its innovative mechanisms and robust, elegant style. The Seiko Astron watch line has earned a reputation as one of the leading luxury watch brands to incorporate GPS technology. This built-in mechanism allows automatic syncing, an impressive feature that delivers the precise hour, no matter the timezone. As an analog, solar-powered timepiece, you can expect excellent reliability, regardless of your geographic location. It can be challenging to find original Seiko Astron watches for sale, especially without help. If you are trying to find the best place to buy Seiko Astron watches, Exquisite Timepieces can aid you. Exquisite Timepieces is a Seiko Astron watch authorized dealer.
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Seiko Astron Watches
About Seiko Astron Watches
Celebrated for being the world's first commercially available GPS solar watch, Seiko Astron is renowned for setting a new standard of precision and convenience in timekeeping. Seiko Astron watches challenge the status quo with a revolutionary GPS Solar technology that allows them to synchronize with satellites, ensuring unparalleled accuracy.
Seiko Astron History
After ten years of research and development, Seiko unveiled the world's first quartz watch, formally known as the Seiko Quartz-Astron 35SQ, in 1969. The 35SQ was powered by a revolutionary quartz movement, which utilized a small quartz crystal to regulate timekeeping.
This innovation offered unparalleled accuracy with a deviation of just +/-5 seconds per month or one minute per year. This pioneering spirit laid the foundation for the Seiko Astron's birth and set the stage for the development of accurate and affordable quartz watches.
In 2012, Seiko reintroduced the "Astron" trademark as "Seiko Astron" upon the launch of the world's first GPS solar watch. The Astron's revolutionary GPS Solar technology allowed it to synchronize with satellites, ensuring unparalleled accuracy, regardless of the wearer's location on Earth. With the ability to recognize and adjust to 39 timezones globally, it allowed wearers to traverse the world without ever losing a second.
Different iterations of the Seiko Astron watches were released under reference numbers beginning with SAST00 with stainless steel and titanium cases. Each timepiece integrated solar panels on the dial, featured a user-friendly timezone adjustment function, and boasted exceptional accuracy, with deviations of just one second every 100,000 years.
In 2019, Seiko again released several Astron models in limited quantities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Seiko's groundbreaking quartz technology. The hallmark feature of Seiko Astron watches is their ability to connect to GPS satellites to ensure unrivaled accuracy. This makes them one of the most accurate watches available.
Today, Seiko Astron remains dedicated to the pursuit of perfection in timekeeping.
Seiko Astron Collections
Seiko Astron collections represent a range of exceptional timepieces that combine precision, innovation, and style. These collections are characterized by their advanced technology, including GPS Solar and other cutting-edge features. They include:
Seiko Astron GPS Dual Time Collection
This collection offers watches with dual-time functionality, making them ideal for frequent travelers. Wearers can easily switch between home and destination timezones, and the timepieces maintain their accuracy through GPS synchronization.
Each watch is a harmonious blend of elegance and craftsmanship, made with high-quality including stainless steel cases and sapphire crystals. Some models within the collection come with chronograph features, perpetual calendars correct to the year 2100, great water resistance ratings, and date displays.
Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Collection
The Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Collection is an ode to the man's desire for precision and the pursuit of excellence. The watches in this collection include a chronograph feature, allowing you to measure elapsed time with precision. Whether you're timing a race or tracking an event, this function adds practicality to your timepiece.
Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph watches house the 8X32 caliber and offer GPS-controlled time and time zone adjustments, perpetual calendar functionality, signal result indicators, world timers, DST support, and power-saving features. The watches are also known for their stylish and sophisticated designs and high-quality materials, including titanium.
Seiko Astron Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Collection
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Seiko Astron's groundbreaking debut, the Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Collection pays homage to this horological icon. The limited-edition release (only 50 in total) showcases the fusion of tradition and innovation.
Inside the elegant cases lies Seiko's Caliber 3X22 GPS solar-powered movement, offering GPS-controlled time and timezone adjustments with an impressive accuracy rating of +/-15 seconds per month.
How Much Do Seiko Astron Watches Cost?
The cost of Seiko Astron watches varies based on factors like the specific model, features, materials, and whether it's a limited edition or not. Seiko Astron timepieces cost approximately $1,600 to $3,000 on average. The table below shows the prices for some of the brand's models and the unique features that make them stand out:
|Seiko Astron SSH023
|Limited edition 50th anniversary of the first-ever Quartz Astron model
|Seiko Astron SSH127 GPS Solar Dual Time Titanium Green Dial
|One of the world's smallest and thinnest GPS solar watches ever made.
|Seiko SSH104 Astron GPS Solar Silver Dial
|Comes with a time transfer function that allows users to switch, simply and instantly, with the push of a button.
|Seiko Astron SSH131 Resident Evil Death Island Collaboration Limited Editions
|Resident Evil Death Island Collaboration Limited Edition with the same design worn by the characters themselves.
|Seiko Astron SSH135 GPS Solar Titanium White Dial Limited Edition
|Limited Edition crafted for high-intensity sports in light and durable titanium.
|Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSJ003
|Perpetual calendar, accurate to February 28, 2100.
Best Selling Seiko Astron Watches
The Seiko Astron collection is replete with exceptional timepieces, but there are a few standout models that have captured the hearts of watch enthusiasts worldwide. They include:
Seiko Astron SSJ013
Launched as part of the 2023 caliber 3X62 series, the SSJ013 is a true confluence of precision engineering and timeless design. Designed for globetrotters, the watch features GPS high-speed signal reception, charging status display, leap second data receipt, and in-flight mode. This watch ensures you have the most accurate time, no matter where you roam, and comes encased in 41.2mm super hard-coated lightweight titanium.
The textured blue dial with luminous baton-style hands and silver stick indexes makes it suitable for various occasions, from formal gatherings to everyday wear. Powered by Seiko's 3X62 solar-powered quartz movement, it boasts an impressive power reserve of 6 months in active mode and 2 years in sleep mode when fully charged.
Seiko Astron GPS Solar Caliber 5X53 SSH109
The SSH109 bears the hallmark of Seiko's GPS Solar Caliber 5X53 technology, connecting to satellites to deliver timekeeping with unparalleled accuracy. Crafted from super-lightweight hard-coated titanium, this watch offers automatic hand adjustment, a perpetual calendar, daylight savings, world time, and dual-time functions.
Its 42.7mm case features a midnight blue dial surrounded by a blue bezel displaying 28 world cities' timezone codes. Its advanced technology and elegant design make it a sought-after choice for watch enthusiasts and frequent travelers who appreciate both form and function in their watches.
Seiko Astron SSH137 GPS Solar Titanium Black Limited Edition
Released in limited quantities to ensure its exclusivity, the SSH137 is as rare as it is remarkable. Crafted from titanium, it's incredibly lightweight and durable, with a black finish that exudes an air of sophistication.
The 42.7mm watch boasts a distinctive black asphalt-textured dial and a black bezel with red world cities' timezone display codes. The watch features a date window, day display sub-dial, am/pm indicator, leap year, and power reserve indicator wheel. It is powered by Seiko's GPS Solar Caliber 5X53 and has a 100m water resistance rating.
Seiko Astron Movements
Seiko Astron watches are powered by a quartz movement with solar charging capabilities. This means they use a quartz crystal to regulate timekeeping accuracy, and they have solar panels on their dials to capture and convert light into electrical energy to recharge the watch's battery.
This combination of quartz precision and solar power allows Seiko Astron watches to maintain highly accurate time and often adjust to different timezones automatically using GPS technology. The 2012 models housed the 7X Series, which Seiko proudly claims an impressive accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per month under normal conditions.
Next, the brand launched the 8X Series with a reduced size and the ability to adjust to local time in any time zone, maintaining an accuracy of one second every 100,000 years. In 2018, the 5X Series brought us the Seiko caliber 5X53, and the 3X Series, introduced in 2019, marked a size reduction with features like a super-smart sensor for automatic time adjustment and a high-speed timezone adjustment.
Seiko Astron Watch Colors
The main colors prevalent in Seiko Astron's collections include black, white, blue, silver gray, and gunmetal in varying shades. These colors create a modern and urban aesthetic, lending an edgier look to the timepieces. Some Astron models feature gold or rose gold-tone elements, often as indexes, hands, or on the bezel, offering a touch of luxury and opulence.
Seiko Astron occasionally releases limited-edition models with unique and unconventional color combinations like purple, green, red, and other two-toned color schemes.
Seiko Astron Watch Materials
Seiko Astron utilizes a range of high-quality materials for various watch components. Stainless steel is a staple material for Seiko Astron watch cases, case backs, and bracelets. However, titanium and ceramic are frequently used, especially in higher-end Seiko Astron models. Some Seiko Astron watches feature gold or rose gold plating on stainless steel cases or accents, and sapphire crystals are often used to protect the watch face.
Seiko applies various hard coatings to watch cases, such as DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) or PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coatings. In addition to stainless steel bracelets, Seiko Astron watches also feature rubber and leather straps.
Seiko Astron Watch Complications
Seiko Astron watches primarily focus on their core functions of GPS timekeeping and world time features. However, other complications, such as perpetual calendars, chronographs, alarm functions, Daylight Saving Time (DST) adjustments, and date/day and date displays, can be found in selected models.
Seiko Astron Partnerships & Brand Ambassadors
Seiko Astron has made exciting forays into partnerships and collaborations with renowned brands and franchises, adding unique flair to their timepieces. In 2021, Seiko Astron collaborated with renowned video game developer KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS to create a Seiko Astron watch inspired by the company's icon and mascot, Ludens.
In April 2023, the brand surprised fans with a Resident Evil collaboration. The partnership, inspired by the latest fully CG animated film, Resident Evil: Death Island, includes a Limited Edition Leon S. Kennedy Collaboration Model (SSH131) and a Limited Edition Chris Redfield Collaboration Model (SSH129). Both Leon's and Chris's models bear Resident Evil: Death Island logo titles, "Limited Edition", and unique serial numbers on the back.
While Seiko Astron doesn't have an extensive list of brand ambassadors, it has been sported by notable figures like Novak Djokovic, the world-renowned Serbian tennis champion.
Buying Seiko Astron Watches
You can purchase new and genuine Seiko Astron watches directly from the official Seiko website, authorized dealers, and Seiko boutiques worldwide. Several retailers and e-commerce platforms also sell Seiko Astron watches but verify the authenticity of the watch and the credibility of the seller before making a purchase.
Buying from an authorized dealer is the best way to guarantee a genuine Seiko Astron watch, enjoy warranty protection, access expert advice, and receive reliable customer service. As an authorized dealer, Exquisite Timepieces carries a wide range of Seiko Astron models, including the latest releases, limited editions, and various models.
Caring for Your Seiko Astron Watch
Purchasing a Seiko Astron watch is an important investment, and like any valuable possession, it's essential to care for it properly to ensure it lasts for a long time. Unfortunately, no matter how diligently you care for your watch, the passage of time will reveal the need for expert watch repair.
This is a natural part of the watch ownership experience, and choosing a reputable and experienced watch repair service is necessary to preserve the beauty, precision, and value of your Seiko Astron watch for years to come.
Whether it's a routine service, battery replacement, basic service, case/bracelet cleaning & polishing, or complex repair, trust Exquisite Timepieces Watch Repair Service for quality, reliability, and unmatched expertise. We are committed to preserving the integrity and longevity of your Seiko Astron timepiece, ensuring that it continues to impress for years to come.
Seiko Astron FAQ
What is special about Seiko Astron?
Seiko Astron is renowned for its groundbreaking GPS Solar technology, which automatically adjusts the time, date, and time zone using GPS satellites, ensuring unmatched accuracy and precision.
How much did the first Seiko Astron cost?
The first Seiko Astron, introduced in 1969, had a price tag of 450,000 Japanese yen ($1,250), which was a substantial amount at the time, equivalent to the cost of a midsize car.
Are Astron watches made by Seiko?
Yes, Seiko Astron watches are made by Seiko, one of the most respected and innovative watch manufacturers globally. Seiko Astron is one of Seiko's flagship brands.
How long does the Seiko Astron battery last?
According to Seiko, with proper care, the battery in an Astron watch should last for about ten years before needing replacement.
Find your new Seiko Astron watch with Exquisite Timepieces
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At Exquisite Timepieces, we curate an exclusive selection of Seiko Astron watches, each a testament to Seiko's legacy of innovation. Whether you're drawn to the classic elegance of stainless steel or the understated luxury of titanium, we have a Seiko Astron watch that speaks to your unique style.
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