What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

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    What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    Hi all,

    I would like to get your opinion on Seiko Astron 5X.
    Are there any lovers of mechanical watches that own or would consider buying the Seiko Astron for travel?
    Or do you still prefer a mechanical GMT?

    I have a high end mechanical GMT, but I was looking for an alternative and Astron looks inviting.

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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    100% mechanical only.
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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    Go mechanical and you may want to take a look at the Hamilton Khaki Navy GMT auto with an ETA ETA 2893-1 movement and its WR is rated at 20 bar.

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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    This Hamilton looks nice.
    But I would prefer true GMT with independent hour hand

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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    Go for it, I mean why not you already have mechanical, Seiko makes some very nice models. I don't know what you have or the specific one that you have in mind. Again I say go for a Seiko.

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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    I have a cheap Seiko Kinetic Sportura SUN025 for travel. I don't really find GPS watches to be particularly useful for travel, since you're only able to switch to the new timezone automatically upon arrival, and I tend to like to set my watch to the destination time the moment I get on the plane.



    I have a Citizen Satellite Wave which I find to have a cleaner look than the Astron.

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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    I have both. I love both.





    Tough to say which is "better". I feel like GMT's in a similar price range to the Astron, unfortunately aren't usually "true" GMTs and not quite as useful for travel.

    As I travel to Japan a lot, where trains arrive like within 10 seconds of their anticipated arrival time... I found wearing even a Rolex that can be 30-40 seconds off after a week kinda annoying.... which is where the Astron stepped in. It is also something I can travel with to places I might not feel as comfortable with a Rolex on the wrist.

    If I could only own one... I think I'd probably go mechanical, but for me the Astron has it's place and function in my collection as well. I have definitely considered buying a GS Spring Drive GMT as my next watch though, which would give me near the accuracy of a quartz, satisfaction of a mechanical, and under the radar factor of a Seiko.
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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    Another here for mechanical. Best of luck.

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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    In my opinion it all comes down to if you really need it, what you like to see on your wrist, and if you have a smart phone. A mechanical GMT is worthless unless you have a reference to set it to. Take the 21:00 flight from Narita to Hawaii and try to figure out what time it is, or for that matter what day it is, to set that gmt when you land without your phone. A gps watch takes care of it for you with a touch of a button.

    For convinience hard to argue that a mechanical is anway superior. For jewelry and personal esthetics a mechanical gmt may come out ahead.

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    Re: What is your opinion on Seiko Astron vs Mechanical GMT?

    Thank you for opinions.

    I was checking Oris Worldtimer as well as a cheaper mechanical alternative.
    Is just I had 2 Oris watches and both of them were running faster than +15spd.
    So I'm a little reluctant to throw money at Oris.
    But, man, I love that design and bezel function
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