Wednesday October 10th it was the European premiere for Seiko’s new watch; The Astron.

I was fortunate enough to have been invited to this event that was held in The Royal Observatory in
Greenwhich, UK. As you know the prime meridian is located here and John Harrison’s clocks are also being exhibited.

So, indeed a very suitable place for this event.

We were about 110 persons that got to play around with the new watches, ask questions to Seiko representatives as well as enjoying a great dinner!

Specifications

Seiko Astron GPS Solar
Caliber 7X52, GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment Hour, minute and second hands Date calendar
Perpetual calendar correct to February 2100
Signal reception result indication (World time function (39 Time Zones) Daylight Saving Time function
Power saving function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (℃without receiving a time signal and in temperatures between 5℃ and 35)
Case: High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SAST001/007)
High-intensity titanium with ceramic bezel (SAST003/005)
Stainless steel with ceramic bezel (SAST009)
Stainless steel with black hard coating with ceramic bezel (SAST011)
Case diameter: 47.0 mm, thickness: 16.5 mm
Band: High-intensity titanium with black hard coating with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST001/007)
High-intensity titanium with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST003/005)
Extra-strength silicon with three-fold clasp with push button release (SAST009/011)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with Super-Clear Coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 2,000 – 3,300 (Limited edition: 2,500 pieces (SAST001)


Please see below pictures from the evening:

At the hotel before leaving to The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
The view from TROG towards London. Note the 0-meridian in (pale) green
 
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

  

  Playing with the watches outside
   Of course I wore my original Astron and the SEIKO-people loved it; 
"I have only seen two of these, yours and the one at the Seiko Museum!"
Going inside for drinks and mingle.
Free Champagne is ALWAYS fun!
John Harrison stuff inside. Above is #4 which was only 5s off after a very long journey at sea.
 All 6 versions. Steel , Ti, Au, rubber, LE, etc
     Mingle
     Out again for some more touching. The guy to the right is the only Seiko rep in Switzerland, a tough job...
Getting darker
  Then we went in to the planetarium where Mr Shunji Tanaka, SVP Seiko Watch Company, made a speach...
...followed by one from Mr Rob Wilson, Head of Seiko UK
  Then a brilliant show
      Earth's magnetfields
Dinner
 
Where I won the...
...painting by Jon Hicks
Meeting with Seiko the day after
I am second from the left and the guy on my left side is the person who developed the IC for the Astron.
Some speed-shopping in London for my kids

And finishing with a visit to Seiko UK

Most excellent two days
Thank You Seiko!

Official SEIKO TV Footage:
http://c.brightcove.co.jp/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

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