It’s Seiko’s most advanced Astron GPS Solar series ever made. Announced just minutes ago, the new Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X series features an entirely new caliber called 5X. At just 42.9mm in diameter and 12.2mm in depth, Seiko’s calling it the world’s smallest and thinnest GPS solar watch.
Since it made its first appearance in 2012, Astron has proven to be a stunning success worldwide. In its six years of existence, hundreds of thousands of watch lovers and world travellers have found the practical, ‘’real life’’ advantages of Seiko’s GPS Solar technology and the uniqueness of Astron’s design to be an irresistible combination. Over the same period, the range of Seiko’s GPS Solar calibers has advanced and expanded such that Astron now offers Chronograph, Du- al-Time, World-Time and Big-Date versions.
So what makes this one a winner?
Sure the aesthetics tick all our boxes (which we’ll get to below), but the real talking point is in the watch’s GPS Module. Re-engineered from ground up, the operation of the 5X caliber is faster and more intuitive than ever. For example, it takes only three seconds to advance 14 hours from Tokyo to New York time, thanks to the system that moves the hour, minute, and seconds hand independently. New functions also allow automatic adjustment to Daylight Saving Time and give the wearer the ability to switch the main dial instantly from home to local time and vice versa.
Just like its predecessors, the new Astron 5X series adjusts at the touch of a button to your time zone* by connecting to the GPS satellite network and, as it takes all the energy it needs from light alone, it never needs a battery change and yet delivers the astonishing precision of an atomic clock, one second every 100,000 years. It even connects twice a day to the satellite network; the first connection is made after the dial sensor detects sunlight and the second is made at a time pre-determined and set by the owner. It is the perfect timepiece for the global traveller.
* If there are changes in the region / time zone, manual time zone selection may be required.
With its three dimensional dial, bold hands and the sharp lines and distortion-free surfaces that only Zaratsu polishing can achieve, the design is instantly recognisable and the perfection in every detail speaks volumes for the care taken at every stage of the manufacture and for the enduring beauty of the result.
In terms of wearability, the 5X series offers a new buckle mechanism that allows the wearer to make minor adjustments. For example when the temperature or other changes make the wrist expand or contract.
The new 5X caliber will be available later in December this year in four design variations, including one limited edition of 2,000, inspired by the remarkable astronomical phenomenon of the supernova, a star that, at the end of its life, explodes and releases vast amounts of energy. In addition to these four creations, two more will be added in February 2019, each with a bezel using sapphire crystal and ceramic.
With the new Astron 5X series, Seiko’s all about the change the way you look at time.