It wasn’t just Seiko’s first quartz watch; it was the principal quartz watch ever. Quartz technology was utilized before, but on December 25 of every 1969, Seiko introduced the primary wristwatch with this technology.
Today, Seiko introduces their tribute to that absolute first quartz watch from 1969. Meet Seiko’s 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition as it is officially called. It is enlivened by that Seiko Astron from 1969, that we showed you here before, as a component of our Seiko Visit in 2015 .
Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary
Quartz developments are a fairly tricky topic. I get this, as you will discover quartz watches as cheap as 10 Euro. These have little to do with the top of the line quartz developments utilized by Grand Seiko or the Seiko Astron GPS arrangement, for instance. “Lacking a soul,” is the most heard comment on quartz watches. Let’s not go into subtleties to an extreme, as we’ve covered it here before , but I rather have a watch with the beautiful looking Grand Seiko 9F quartz development than a portion of the mechanical developments out there. The quartz development utilized in Seiko’s Astron watches is, of course, a bit not the same as the 9F calibers. It is GPS controlled, enabling Seiko to indicate the most precise time there is. Regardless of in which time region you venture out of the plane, the watch will automatically change itself based on your (GPS) location. Michael Stockton did an excellent survey of one of the past age Astron GPS watches here .
Hand-carved gold case
Despite the technology inside, Seiko ensured additionally to utilize customary abilities by their craftsmans. The 18-carat yellow gold case has been hand-carved, much the same as the first watch from 1969. I can just envision that this case had a futuristic shape during the 1960s, and albeit this sort of configuration was out of style for some time, these kinds of cases receive very some affection from enthusiasts.
Another gesture to the first Astron is the beautifully designed dial. The hands and hour markers are simply sublime, as we’re used to from (Grand)Seiko and Credor.
A thin case like the one from this 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary likewise requires a slender development. Seiko gained very some ground by making the normal Seiko Astron GPS models slimmer since its first introduction 7 years prior. But, the caliber 3X22 in this exclusive Seiko Astron GPS is the most slender up until now. It is the most slender GPS sunlight based fueled development on the planet, according to Seiko. Its functionality has been reduced to the bare basics of accurate timekeeping and setting time. The Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary connects twice every day to the GPS network for the most precise indication of time on a wristwatch. What’s the significance here? All things considered, that is has a precision of one second every 100.000 years. On the off chance that you enter another timezone, during an excursion, you can either stand by until it connects with the GPS organization. You can likewise trigger this connection physically by pressing one of the buttons on the correct side of the case (see above).
Special watch, special packaging
This Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary reference SBXD002 is restricted to 50 pieces, and the retail price is set to €38.000,- . We are almost certain that notwithstanding this price tag, these watches will be sold out quickly to genuine Seiko collectors. It will be available in December this year at selected Seiko boutiques and retailers.
I trust that the lucky rare sorts of people who will buy this watch will wear it and not use it as a protected sovereign. The 40.9 mm x 12.8 mm case is entirely wearable, and it is simply an issue of being careful with a gold case that has a completion like this. Seiko typically doesn’t have special boxes (afaik), but for this particular watch, they came up with a beautiful wooden box.
All known subtleties and specifications of this Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary restricted release can be found below.
More data about Astron and Seiko can be found .