1969 was an important year for watches. It was then that Seiko managed to create the first ever practical quartz wristwatch. This new creation in the Astron GPS Solar collection pays tribute to its predecessor. It also brings together the two revolutionary advances in watchmaking history that share the Astron name.
The quartz Astron was the world’s first quartz wristwatch. It reached new levels in precision with an accuracy rate of +-5 seconds per month. This was because of technological advances like the tuning fork shaped quartz oscillator, and the open type step motor. Seiko revived the Astron name once again in 2012, to launch the world’s first GPS watch.
The new limited edition watched bring back every aspect of the 1969 Astron in its design. It has the same silhouette, wide case lugs, and bezels. The case is in 18k yellow gold, which has been handcrafted. The back of the case is marked by a commemoration of the 50th anniversary. Only 50 pieces will be made, and each piece will be marked by a number from 1-50.
This classic watch has modern technology, such as GPS solar movement. The new Caliber 3X22 is the world’s thinnest* GPS solar caliber to be fitted in a watch case. This watch really is a collector’s item, and will be sold in a wooden box with the 50th anniversary logo. The watch will only be available at select Seiko boutiques, from December 2019. They will be sold at a price of $36,000.