The world's first GPS solar watch

Trocadero Group, the exclusive distributor of Seiko timepieces, reveals the Seiko Astron, the world's first solar-powered watch that can set the time with GPS signals. Named after the world's first quartz watch, the 1969 Seiko Astron, the updated version adjusts the time and sets itself to all 39 time zones. The new breakthrough watch is set to be officially released in Bangkok on Nov 26.

The Seiko Astron GPS solar limited edition 2012.

To combine Seiko's solar technology with GPS required years of painstaking and groundbreaking R&D. The result is the miniature GPS unit that requires very little energy to receive signals from four or more satellites. Then package this technology into a watch that is just 47mm in diameter and weighs about 135g _ with high intensity titanium case and bracelet. Seiko's advanced IC circuitry expertise also makes it possible for the watch to divide the world into one million "squares" and allocate a time zone to each.

The sporty Seiko Astron GPS solar in stainless steel.

Each day, the Astron homes in on the time signals from four GPS satellites and uses them to coordinate the correct time to atomic-clock accuracy in about 6 seconds. At the press of a button, within 30 seconds the Astron can pinpoint its precise latitude and longitude, calculate which of the 39 time zones it's in, and adjust its hands automatically. It can even adjust for Daylight Savings Time on command and has a perpetual calendar good until February 2100.

For example, if you step off a plane, just press the button and the time zone adjustment is automatic. It takes 6 seconds or a little more for the time to self-correct and 30 seconds or a little more for the time zone, and the adjustment takes place. The ease of use is further enhanced by Seiko's solar technology which ensures that maintenance is never an issue, as the watch takes power from all kinds of light and never needs a battery change.

To commemorate its launch, a unique Seiko Astron has been created and is offered in a limited edition of 2,500 pieces with a high-intensity titanium case and ceramic bezel.

The recessed sides of the case ensure that it is as light as it is robust. The 47mm case's high-intensity titanium is stronger than stainless steel but has only 60% of its weight.

It is accompanied by an additional extra-strength silicon strap that is four times stronger than any previous strap of this material.

There are also two other models in high-intensity titanium and one in stainless steel. All have the same functions and high specifications, including a dual time sub-dial, in-flight mode indicator and sapphire crystal with super-clear coating. All the models are resistant to magnetic fields and also water resistant to 100m.

The retail price of the new Seiko Astron GPS solar watches range from 73,000-120,000 baht. For more information, contact Trocadero Group on 02-677-4500 or 02-677-4555 ext 401, 404.

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