The Astron Dual-Time caliber
Astron GPS Solar was launched with caliber 7X in 2012. In 2014, the collection was expanded with a second-generation caliber, 8X, featuring a chronograph. In 2015, the Astron revolution continues apace with the addition of a third caliber, designed specifically for the global traveler.
With the Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time, global travel could not be easier. Using just the power of light, Astron connects to the GPS network and tells time with atomic clock precision, adjusting at the touch of a button to your time zone. Now, with the new Dual-Time caliber, you can read not only the time where you are, but also the time in your home time zone on a simple 12 hour sub-dial with a separate AM/PM indicator. In addition, the day of the week is displayed in a retrograde display at the 2 o’clock position, with the date at the 4 o’clock position. The date iscorrect every day until February 28, 2100, thanks to Astron’s Perpetual Calendar and the operation of the watch is made simple by the electronic setting function in the crown.
The Dual-Time caliber is offered in a collection of eight main designs, all of which are distinctively and recognisably Astron. As with every Astron watch, the
dials are clean, clear and easy to read. The cases are polished by hand, using Seiko’s unique Zaratsu technique, to be distortion-free, so that there is sharpness in every light reflection. The wide range of dial colors is made possible by Seiko’s mastery of energy management in watchmaking. These unique dials are the product of engineering excellence; Seiko’s own specially designed GPS module is so energy efficient that many different colors are possible. The bracelets are composed of individually designed links and are therefore tapered perfectly to the wrist for maximum comfort, however and wherever you may travel. There are five designs in titanium cases and three in steel.
In addition to the eight models in the launch collection, the new Dual-Time caliber is showcased in a distinctive limited edition, whose dial is made of mother of pearl. Just 3,000 examples of this watch will be produced, and each one has its serial number engraved on the case back.
In 2015, Grand Seiko returns to 1967 and to its first ever automatic watch, the 62GS.
62GS was not only automatic, it was supremely accurate, achieving the level of the highest published standard of the day. The design, too, established a style that has been passed down the years to today’s Grand Seiko. 62GS had a mirrored, multi-sided case and a wide dial opening, achieved with a bezel-free construction and Grand Seiko’s unique “Zaratsu” polishing.
There are eight references in the new 62GS collection. Four are faithful re-creations of the 1967 original with an automatic caliber and four are modern re-interpretations featuring Grand Seiko’s most advanced movements, including Spring Drive. All are limited editions. Caliber 9S65 drives the re-creation models. One is in steel and the others are in different shades of 18K gold. The lion emblem on the case back, the dial layout, the distinctive hour markers and the dial
logotypes (notably “Diashock”) are all inherited from the original 62GS. The dial color of the steel case model is also faithful to the original dial. The hi-beat 36,000 caliber is in two of the modern steel-cased versions, while the remaining two house the Spring Drive caliber with cases in high-intensity titanium. In
these modern versions, the case diameter is wider, there is a see-through case back and the bracelets are metal.
Reference: SBGR091, 092, 094, 095
SBGR091 Euro 17,000, SBGR092,094 Euro 16,100, SBGR095 Euro 4,300
Limited edition: 600 pieces of SBGR095; 100 pieces each of SBGR091, SBGR092, SBGR094
Reference: SBGH037, 039
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 5,900
Limited Edition: 1,000 pcs (SBGH037), 700 pcs (SBGH039)
Reference: SBGA125, 127
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 5,900
Limited Edition: 1,000 pcs (SBGA125), 700 pcs (SBGA127)
Seiko Prospex: Two new 2015 Marinemaster models offer new advances
The Marinemaster series has long been renowned for the security and precision that the professional diver requires. Two new timepieces in the Marinemaster series embody the very best of Seiko’s 50 years of experience in serving the needs of divers and once again push back the boundaries of diver’s watch technology.
The Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver’s
Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver's has the two-layer case construction that is now the trademark of Seiko’s professional diver’s watches. Thanks to the strength of the inner case structure, the specially designed L-shaped gasket and the screw-down glass fixing ring, the watch is effectively impermeable to helium and can be safely used for saturation diving to great depths. The use of ceramic for the outer shell enhances shock resistance and also prevents any unintentional rotation of the bezel. In September 2014, Seiko professional diver’s watches of the same case construction were subjected to the most extreme test imaginable. Affixed to the exterior hull of KAIKO 7000 II, a remotely operated undersea research vehicle, they performed perfectly down to a
depth of 3,000m.
This new creation incorporates a mechanical caliber specially adjusted for a diver’s watch. The movement is caliber 8L35, and it is made and assembled, as is the complete watch, by Seiko’s leading craftsmen at the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio. The hands and markers are coated with a new version of Seiko’s Lumibrite, which glows for 60% longer than in the past. The strap is made of extra-strength silicone for greater durability.
The Marinemaster Professional 1000m Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition
This is a diver’s watch worthy of a fifty year anniversary. Its design echoes that of Seiko’s very first hibeat diver’s watch from the 1960’s, but its specifications are the most advanced in the field. It has a one-piece titanium case and, thanks to this, the L-shaped gasket and other features, it is impermeable to helium and suitable for saturation diving. The rotating bezel is securely fixed to the case with four screws next to the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. It has the new Lumibrite for enhanced legibility. The 8L55 movement is specially optimized and adapted for use in a diver’s watch with this structure. This caliber beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 55 hours, and it is also assembled by Seiko’s leading craftsmen at the Shizuku-ishi Watch studio. Each watch comes with both a titanium bracelet with extender, and a black extra-strength silicone strap. Offered in a special presentation box, just 700 pieces will be made, each with its own serial number.