The Astron name goes back to the World’s first commercially available quartz watch, launched in 1969 by Seiko. This is model SSE096J1.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
From the serial number on the case back we can accurately date this watch to being made in May 2016. It was part of a limited edition of 3,500 that were launched at the Basel fair in March 2016.
This watch was built to showcase the latest technology that Seiko could offer. Caliber 8X22 was thinner than it’s predecessors, yet still solar powered so you will never need a battery. The watch receives a GPS signal, so it is going to be the most accurate watch this side of an atomic clock – with a press of a button you reset the GPS signal to whichever time zone you are in, and if you use this complication you can expect accuracy of +/- one second ever 100,000 years. Just re read that last sentence again – it is correct. As if this was not enough, the perpetual calendar automatically adjusts until 28th, February in the year 2100. The top of the range specifications continue with the case, which is titanium but coated in rose gold. You have a sapphire crystal, and the bezel surrounding that is ceramic. The watch is anti magnetic to a level of 4,800 A/m, which is the requirement for ISO 974, and water resistant to 100m. You can read more on this watch, and download a manual, from Seiko’s own website here. The RRP for this watch is £1,695.
This particular Astron has the original crocodile leather strap in good condition, on the rose gold clasp. Even the original sticker on the case back is still in place. The case has some light marks on the flanks and lugs, but no dings. The sapphire crystal is excellent, as is the ceramic bezel. The functions all work, including the GPS time setting of course. This watch doesn’t come with box and papers, but is half the price of a new one. It is quite a large watch, but comfortable thanks to the lightweight titanium and well fitted strap.
This watch will be supplied with a presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 49.4 mm
Width without crown 45.8 mm
Between lugs 22 mm
Lug to lug length 54.5mm
Case Thickness 12.6 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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