The Seiko Astron GPS Solar gets an update that will make it more slender, more modest and less energy burning-through. Goodness, and there is an extremely cool new wristband that comes with it. Albeit this watch will be accessible from December onwards, we had the chance to see, attempt and photo it already.

Besides the noteworthy innovation and its particulars, the watch truly looks great. Maybe you recollect Michael Stockton’s involved audit of the past/current Seiko Astron GPS Solar ( find it here ), I think it is a sure thing to say that this new form (we have reference SSH003 here) would fix the minor issues (fundamentally dependent on size) he had with that one.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar 5X arrangement – SSH003

An inside and out article on the past Astron GPS Solar assortment, that was presented in 2012 and refreshed in 2015, can be found in this report we composed some time ago . So, the Astron has nothing to do with the first 1969 quartz watch from Seiko (the watch that without any assistance began the Swiss watch emergency you could say), yet everything with being a GPS controlled watch. You have radio-controlled watches that get a drive through one of the transmitters that are based at a few areas on the planet. These watches are extremely exact, however GPS is considerably more precise. This Seiko Astron GPS Solar SHH003 is utilizing another type, the 5X arrangement, that has various points of interest compared to the past 8X series.

Caliber 5X

For starters, the new development is more modest and more slender than its archetypes. This empowered Seiko to plan and fabricate an Astron GPS Solar watch with fascinating measurements. The past Seiko Astron GPS Solar had a measurement of 44.6mm and Michael commented in his survey that “I do trust that Seiko proceeds to sharpen and scale down the Astron’s innovation with an end goal to make a piece with a 40-42mm diameter.”. A case measurement of 40mm wasn’t conceivable clearly, yet Seiko figured out how to bring it down to 42.9mm x 12.2mm. In spite of being more modest and more slender, the Caliber 5X likewise permits the Astron GPS Solar watch to be quicker and more natural. This is on the grounds that each and every component in this development has been re-designed. For instance, all hands are presently ready to move autonomously, which permits the hands to move to the right/genuine timezone inside a couple of seconds (advancing 14 hours from Tokyo to New York, for instance, requires only 3 seconds). The exactness stays unaltered obviously, as it is GPS controlled and has the accuracy of one second every 100,000 years.

The new Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH003 interfaces two times every day to the satellite organization, when the sensor in the dial is set off by daylight and the subsequent trigger is set by the proprietor of the watch. Obviously, the watch can likewise be changed by utilizing the pusher. As indicated by Seiko, this watch won’t ever require a battery substitution as it is sun oriented fueled. I do think about what the existence span is of a battery cell however, in any event, when it is battery-powered. However, given the way that nothing is perpetually, it is something you can presumably manage, in any event, when it must be supplanted at some point.

As you can see, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH003 has a second timezone highlight. In the subdial at 6 o’clock you will figure out the home time found. The 9 o’clock subdial shows a selector and the subdial at 3 o’clock is the day marker. Part of that subdial is the AM/PM marker. The date gap is situated at 4.3o.

Case and Bracelet

To start with the arm band, it is light-weight since it is made of titanium and truly comfortable. The plan changed a piece from the past variant, and the catch currently has a miniature change include. A welcome expansion to the arm band, particularly when the temperature is changing, a miniature change certainly expands the wearing delight. No compelling reason to mess with a little pin or toothpick, you can simply press the catches on the fasten and slide the wristband in and out a piece. I checked it out and it brings about the ideal result, I wish they will consolidate this usefulness in different wristbands too. The general impression of the titanium arm band is very good.

Now, the case is likewise made of titanium and simply like the arm band has been treated with a super-hard covering. Seiko applied their renowned Zaratsu cleaning, making various features looking into the issue. The carries helped me a piece to remember the acclaimed 44GS case, yet the case is somewhat more slender than those. Taking a gander at the case and hands through my full scale focal point, I felt that Seiko is applying some normal “Grand Seiko” components to a portion of the Astron, Presage and Prospex watches. That’s generally excellent news for the possible purchasers of these watches, including the Astron GPS Solar, however it makes the need for claiming a “Grand Seiko” maybe somewhat less important for the individuals who get one of these watches with a portion of these common GS highlights. Then again, it can likewise motivate them to – at last – pull the trigger and purchase a Grand Seiko. It is essentially what befallen me as of late, I was so intrigued by the Sumo that I began aching for a Marinemaster. The Marinemaster (and its quality and finish) caused me to understand that I should possess a Grand Seiko sooner or later (and I do now).

Anyway, the thin Seiko Astron GPS Solar case is a genuine joy for the eyes and comfortable on the wrist. To wrap things up, the bezel on the Astron GPS Solar is made of ceramic.

Availability And Pricing

The Astron GPS Solar SSH003 reference will be accessible in December, yet there will be more forms that have the new type 5X development, obviously. Altogether there will be four varieties, including a restricted version of 2000 pieces. The restricted version is enlivened by the exceptional cosmic wonder of the cosmic explosion, a star that, toward the finish of its life, detonates and delivers tremendous measures of energy. We will perceive what that implies when it will be declared. In February 2019, Seiko will deliver two more Astron GPS Solar variations.

Reference SSH003 will retail for €2200 in Europe.

Last however not least, an outline of the determinations of the new type 5X movement:

  • Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53
  • GPS controlled time and time region adjustment
  • Dual-Time with AM/PM indication
  • Perpetual schedule right to the year 2100
  • Automatic DST change function
  • High Speed Time Zone Adjustment
  • Time Transfer Function
  • Signal gathering result indication
  • World time work (39 time zones)
  • Power save function
  • Accuracy: +/ – 15 seconds of the month (when there is no GPS signal)

More data by means of the official Seiko .