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Seiko Astron: Know it before you buy

The re-release of Seiko Astron in 2012 (first time, it was in 1969, Christmas day) was quite (actually, great) a fanfare. Why? For Seiko Astron watches outperformed every then-existent high-end technology, setting connections between a wearer and the Space. The Seiko Astron GPS watch threw radio-signals out of fashion and embraced GPS signals from the orbiting satellites. What’s the difference? Nothing much, just that you don’t have to be at the mercy of any specific location on Earth; the signals reach anywhere and everywhere. However, if you are expecting the same geek-looking digital stuff to live up to the high-tech image, you can’t be more wrong. The new Astrons have been given an analog face, run on solar power and can tell time in any of the 39 time zones, to which it resets itself, without any human intervention. It works like this: Determines the user’s position with aid from GPS signals. Tallies the info with its onboard database (the earth’s surface divided into one million squares, which are individually assigned to particular time zones). All that makes the Seiko astron watch the most accurate watch on the planet and by accurate, Seiko means it may lag or run ahead the exact time by 1 second every million years. Even on the move. But then again, instead of going on praising the Seiko Astron watch, let’s summarize the most common questions people ask on it. Here we go. GPS signal availability: Practically everywhere; better where there’s an open, clear sky. More obstructions (tall buildings, tall trees, stations and airports), less signal. Don’t expect any signal when underground or inside tunnels; neither when there’s a thermal emission shield or noise-generating or wireless communication equipment. This doesn’t include your cell phone. But it has a memory; the Seiko Astron watch remembers the last successful manual time/time-zone adjustment and attempts syncing at the recorded time. Time-adjustment: The automatic time adjustment function is the prime feature of the Seiko Astron watches. It sets itself to the current time (or time zone) once every day. If you want to set it on demand/manually, you can do that too. Just make sure the watch is charged sufficiently and doesn’t run out of power during the process. To adjust time manually, the 2 o’clock button should be pressed for 3 seconds till the seconds-hand moves to 0. Once it moves to Y, you are done. If it can’t update, it will point N. Time zone adjustment: Press the 2 o’clock button for 6 seconds till the seconds hand shifts to the 30-second position. The rest is just like above. Calendar adjustment: Automatic till February 28, 2100. The most spectacular among all is perhaps the Seiko Astron Stratosphere with a bold, domed sapphire glass with a curvature resembling the Stratosphere, the layer above the troposphere or the lowest atmospheric layer. If power-saving is your obsession, then this watch is for you. Go for the Seiko astron titanium (high-intensity) with ceramic bezel if you want something really exotic.

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Seiko Astron Solar GPS Perpetual Calendar SSE149 SSE149J1 SSE149J Men's Watch
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Seiko Astron Solar GPS Perpetual Calendar SSE149 SSE149J1 SSE149J Men's Watch

Model: SSE149J1

US $2,721.00 US $1,511.00

Features: Stainless Steel Case Stainless Steel Bracelet Solar Movement Caliber: 8X42 Sapphire Crystal Black Dial Power Reserve Perpetual Calendar GPS Flight Mode World Time 39 Time Zones Signal Reception Analog Display Luminous Hands And Markers Date Display Deployment Clasp 100M Water Resistance...

Seiko Astron GPS Solar World Time Japan Made SSE093 SSE093J1 SSE093J Men's Watch
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar World Time Japan Made SSE093 SSE093J1 SSE093J Men's Watch

Model: SSE093J1

US $2,649.00 US $1,553.00

Features: Made In Japan Titanium Case Black Crocodile Strap Solar Movement Caliber:8X22 Magnetic Resistance Sapphire Crystal White Dial Luminous Hands And Indices Ceramics Bezel GPS Controlled Time And Time Zone Adjustment Perpetual Calendar Correct To The Year 2100 Signal Reception Result...

Seiko Astron GPS Solar World Time Japan Made SSE089 SSE089J1 SSE089J Men's Watch
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Seiko Astron GPS Solar World Time Japan Made SSE089 SSE089J1 SSE089J Men's Watch

Model: SSE089J1

US $3,174.00 US $1,722.00

Features: Made In Japan Black Titanium Case Black Titanium Bracelet Solar Movement Caliber:8X22 Magnetic Resistance Sapphire Crystal Black Dial Luminous Hands And Indices Ceramics Bezel GPS Controlled Time And Time Zone Adjustment Perpetual Calendar Correct To The Year 2100 Signal Reception Result...

Seiko Astron SBXB137 GPS Solar Big-Date Perpetual Calendar Dual Time Men's Watch
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Seiko Astron SBXB137 GPS Solar Big-Date Perpetual Calendar Dual Time Men's Watch

Model: SBXB137-

US $2,335.00 US $2,034.00

Features: Made In Japan Titanium Case Titanium Bracelet Solar Movement Caliber: 8X42 Sapphire Crystal Black Dial Analog Display Perpetual Calendar Power Reserve GPS Dual Time World Time (39 Time Zones) Flight Mode AM/PM Indicator 12/24 Hours Display Daylight Saving Time Signal Reception Indicator...

Seiko Astron SBXB170 GPS Solar Dual Time Power Reserve 200M Men's Watch
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Seiko Astron SBXB170 GPS Solar Dual Time Power Reserve 200M Men's Watch

Model: SBXB170-

US $2,703.00 US $2,355.00

Features: Titanium Case Silicon Strap Solar Movement Caliber: 8X53 Sapphire Crystal Black Dial Analog Display Power Reserve GPS Dual Time World Time (40 Time Zones) Flight Mode 12/24 Hours Display Accuracy: +/-15 Sec/Month Luminous Hands And Markers Day And Date Display Solid Case Back Buckle Clasp...

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