A tribute to a watchmaking revolution

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The 50th anniversary of the Quartz Astron is celebrated in a limited edition GPS Solar watch

On December 25th fifty years ago, Seiko introduced the world’s first quartz wristwatch. It was a watch that revolutionized the watchmaking industry and its launch remains one of the most important landmarks in Seiko’s history. The Quartz Astron set a new standard in wristwatch precision with an accuracy rate of ±5 seconds per month, made possible by several technological advances including the tuning fork shaped quartz oscillator and the open type step motor which are still standard components of quartz watches today.

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This Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary reference SBXD002 is limited to 50 pieces, and the retail price is set to 38.000 euro

The spirit of the 1969 Astron is reflected in every aspect of the design. This new limited edition watch brings back to life the form and design of the 1969 Quartz
Astron in its entirety. Both the elegance of the celebrated timepiece and its characteristically futuristic feel are reflected in the curved silhouette of the case, the wide case lugs and the thin bezel. Like the 1969 watch, the case is in 18K yellow gold with each delicately hand carved by The 1969 Quartz Astron that began a watchmaking revolution.

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The dial has a subtle vertical hairline pattern and the hands and multi-faceted indexes are thin and carry a black line on the surface, just as on the first Quartz Astron.

Today, on the fiftieth anniversary of the original Quartz Astron, a new creation in the Astron GPS Solar collection pays tribute to its celebrated predecessor and brings together the two  revolutionary advances in watchmaking history that share the Astron name. The limited edition watch houses a new GPS Solar movement that allows it to have the slimness and grace of the 1969 watch’s form.

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The case back with horseshoe shaped marking commemorating the 50th anniversary of Quartz Astron.

The new Caliber 3X22 is the world’s thinnest* GPS solar caliber to be fitted in a watch case and is made possible by the highest level of modern watchmaking technology. Reduced to its essentials of time adjustment and timekeeping, the watch connects automatically up to twice a day to the GPS network to maintain its precision of one second every 100,000 years, and when time zone adjustment is required, with a simple push of a single button, the hands move faster than ever thanks to the system that moves each hand independently.

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The watch is offered in a special wooden box with the Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary logo

1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Caliber 3X22
GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment
Perpetual calendar correct to the year 2100
High Speed Time Zone adjustment
Signal reception result indication
Power save function
Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (without receiving a GPS
signal and at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C)
18K yellow gold case and clasp
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 40.9mm, Thickness: 12.8mm
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €38,000
Limited edition of 50

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