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    OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Anyone read anything Technical on this new release?

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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Only that it's still 15 SPM without sync.
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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Also the size is smaller in these new models.

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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Smaller and also a bit faster to sync. Gives me hope that something in a more wearable size (for me) could show in a couple more years.
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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    I dumped my earlier 8X82 model as it was too big, impossible to get a comfortable bracelet fit, and its unsynched rate was around +140 SPY.

    They have made an effort on the size issue, and the clasp now has a ratchet fine adjustment, like the Citizen GPS has had for a long time. My Citizen runs around +15.

    Another generation or two and Seiko may be getting there.

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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Weight needs to come down, as well.

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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Weight needs to come down, as well.
    I don't think I've seen the weight, but it's presumably no more than the 8X82. Mine was 114g, about 2/3 the weight of the new VHP, and 10g heavier than my Citizen. Anything under 120g is for me a relatively light watch, so that was a feature I had no issues with.

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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Extensive review of the new Astron in the Seiko forum:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f21/se...s-4786295.html
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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    These new models are an improvement on their prior models like the one reviewed in the Seiko forum. Size is a little smaller, band adjustment, and GS polishing are nice.

    Technically added an auto adjust for DST, which saves the user from figuring this out as they travel, 2 syncs a day with the user determining when the watch will perform the second automatic sync, quicker sync speed, and of course the second time zone.

    The reality is that you get all those features, plus a lot more in an Oceanus G2000 series watch and pay less. You get RX, RC, and BT, a chronograph, auto DST, and probably similar sync speed.

    With Citizen you pay the least, get only 1 auto sync and no auto DST. But you do get the fastest sync speeds and a chronograph.

    All will give you 2 time zones, decent WR, weigh about the same, similar in size, and 15 SPM accuracy. To me hard to justify the cost when casio is more sophisticated and cheaper.

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    re: OT: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    Extensive review of the new Astron in the Seiko forum:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f21/se...s-4786295.html

    Always nice to see, but not the movement we're talking about. This has the 8x22, the cleaner GMT dial. The 5x53 is, unfortunately, another "oh, oh, let's show EVERYTHING!!" but that's ok. Presumably, they can release another movement, still shrunk, with a cleaner face.
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