ASTRON: The World’s first GPS Solar watch. By connecting to the GPS network, the Astron adjusts at the touch of a button to your time zone and by taking all the energy it needs from light alone, it never needs a battery change.
KINTARO HATTORI 160TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION: “one step ahead of the rest”. The 160th Anniversary of Kintaro Hattori’s birth is marked with a special Astron GPS Solar watch. Today, Seiko proudly celebrates the life, career and achievements of its founder with this limited-edition model that exemplifies to perfection Kintaro’s vision that SEIKO should always be one step ahead of the rest.
When Kintaro was born in 1860 in central Tokyo, Japan was undergoing massive social and industrial changes as it took its place on the world stage after more than two centuries of self-imposed isolation. It was a time of opportunity and no one grasped its significance more than Kintaro. At the age of 17 he set up his own timepiece repair business at his home and then just four years later he founded his own company repairing, importing and selling clocks and watches. Under his leadership his fledgling ‘stat-up’ grew to be Japans pre-eminent timepiece manufacturer. It was with good reason that he soon became known in Japan as the ‘King of watches in the East’
This model offers deep black tones throughout the dial and band with gold toned accents and a high gloss bezel. The watch has a commanding presence on the wrist that benefits its heritage. The watch case measures 42.8mm wide and along with the band is made from Titanium with a super hard lack coating. The bezel of the watch is made from crystal zirconia and has 16 facets, each one representing a decade since Kintaro’s birth. The watch also comes with a complimentary leather strap. The case back carries the name and three reminders of his legacy. The trademark ‘S’ that he registered in 1900 occupies the centre of the case back, his motto; ‘One step ahead of the rest’ appears above it and the name ‘SEIKO’ which was first used in 1924 takes pride of place on the rim. The words ‘Limited edition’ and the individual watch’s serial number are inscribed on the case back. The watch is presented in a special presentation box with a commemorative ‘S’ mark badge and includes a card carrying a message from Kintaro’s great-grandson and the companies current Chairman and CEO, Shinji Hattori. This timepiece is one of 2500 pieces.
-2 Years Power Reserve
-Sapphire Crystal Glass
-42.8mm Case Size
-‘Lumibrite’ Hands and Markers
-200 meters Water Resistant
-3 Year Warranty
-Dual Time Zone
-Daylight Savings Mode
-GPS (connectivity for setting the time/date)
MODEL NUMBER: SSH073J