Seiko is celebrating 160 years since the birth of its founder Kintaro Hattori with a limited edition Astron GPS Solar bearing his trademark and motto. The Japanese watchmaker is honouring Kintaro’s life, career and achievements with a watch that represents his vision of always being: “One step ahead of the rest”.
Seiko revealed the world’s first GPS solar watch back in 2012, championing the technology for its ability to connect to every time zone on Earth and taking all the energy required from light alone.
Fast forward eight years and the Kintaro Hattori anniversary watch features the latest generation Astron GPS solar that’s re-engineered for increased speed and improved quality of the GPS connection. The Caliber 5X movement features three separate motors for the hours, minutes and seconds hands with just three seconds required to change from one time zone to another.
The watch case and bracelet are crafted from titanium with a scratch-resistant hard-coating. The bezel is made from Zirconia ceramic and has sixteen facets, one for each decade since Kintaro’s birth. With its deep black tones, gold accents and high gloss bezel, the Astron has a commanding presence.
The caseback carries Kintaro’s name and three reminders of his legacy. The trademark “S” that he registered in 1900 occupies the centre of the case back. His motto “One step ahead of the rest” appears above and the name Seiko which was first used in 1924 takes pride of place on the rim.
The watch is offered in a special presentation box with a commemorative “S” mark badge and includes a card carrying a message from Kintaro’s great-grandson and the company’s current Chairman & CEO, Shinji Hattori.
The limited-edition Seiko Astron GPS Solar will be available in October at Seiko Boutiques and select watch retailers. It’s limited to 2,500 examples priced at €4,000, or approximately AUD $6,622.