Astron: Adds Executive Sports Series.

Mar 03, 2018,06:47 AM
 


Astron GPS Solar adds an executive sports series.
Active wear for off-duty professionals.


The new Astron executive sports series. SSE167


Released in 2017, the Astron executive series was the first Astron designed specifically for those who want a versatile watch suitable for any occasion or activity. It was a global success. Today, the executive series is expanded with the creation of a new sports design, made for people who want a watch that works equally well in the office and the great outdoors. To be launched in June 2018, the executive sports series offers all the functions of Seiko’s unique GPS Solar technology but with a new level of durability, legibility and water resistance.

Executive style but ready for anything.
The executive sports series brings more to Astron than a dynamic new look; this GPS Solar watch is for active people who would like durability and precision with a dash of style. Like all Astron watches, it connects automatically to the GPS network and, at the touch of a button, adjusts to the local time* anywhere on earth with a precision of 1/100,000th second, using just the power of light. The executive sports series features the 8X53 caliber which also offers a dual time sub-dial with an AM/PM indicator.

*If there are changes in the region / time zone, manual time zone selection may be required.

 
The executive sports series will be launched with three versions, all of which have the same sapphire crystal bezel as the 2017 executive series and they all share an expanded range of functions in four key areas:

・Water Resistance: A first for the Astron collection, the executive sports series watches have 20 bar water resistance, allowing them to go where no Astron has gone before. 

・Legibility: With wider hands and indexes clad in the highest grade of LumiBrite, the executive sports series delivers increased legibility. The UTC codes on the sapphire crystal bezel also carry LumiBrite. The watch remains legible for hours after the lights go off – perfect for a night yacht adventure or an early-morning trek.

・Wearability: An extra-strength strap allows the watch to sit easily on any wrist, large or small, and a new style of buckle offers enhanced comfort and a more streamlined look. 

・Durability: To ensure that the executive sports series can withstand any weekend adventure, all three models have a titanium case and a new crown guard. The crown guard’s specially designed case protects the watch against shock and impact. Additionally, a super hard, scratch-resistant coating ensures that the watch’s luxurious style can handle a weekend of adventure and still look sharp when the work week begins. The case
and bracelet, meanwhile, feature dynamically sharp surfaces brought to a mirror finish by Zaratsu polishing.


The Astron Novak Djokovic Limited Edition




The Astron Novak Djokovic Limited Edition. SSE174
Completing the executive sports series is the Novak Djokovic Limited Edition, a strong design that is perfect for adventurous world travelers. The Novak Djokovic Limited Edition ingeniously captures the essence of Novak’s approach to tennis – power, precision, passion and grace – through the addition of design features unique to this GPS Solar watch.

The tennis points system – Love, 15, 30, and 40 – is used for four of the minute markers as a subtle nod to the sport played by the great sportsman who inspires this creation. A star at the eight o’clock marker honors Novak for being one of only eight players in history to achieve a career Grand Slam. The UTC codes for the four cities that host the Grand Slam tournaments, Paris, London, New York, and Melbourne, are highlighted on the bezel. To ensure its durability, the watch has been coated with Seiko’s unique super-hard black coating, giving it scratch resistance and a uniform jet-black color that will not fade.

It is offered as a limited edition of just 1,500 and will be available from September 2018 in selected Seiko outlets all over the world. Our global ambassador Novak Djokovic


Seiko Astron GPS Solar executive sports series

Caliber 8X53
GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment
Dual-Time with AM/PM indication
Perpetual calendar correct to the year 2100
Signal reception result indication
World time function (40 time zones)
Daylight Saving Time function, Power save function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month
(without receiving a GPS signal and at temperatures between 5℃ and 35℃)

Specifications
Titanium case with super-hard coating (SSE167, 169)
Titanium case with rose gold color super-hard coating (SSE170)
Sapphire crystal bezel
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Water resistance: 20 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 46.7 mm, Thickness: 14.5 mm
Silicone strap
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: from 2,500 Euro


SSE167


SSE169


SSE170










The Astron Novak Djokovic Limited Edition: SSE174

Specifications
Titanium case with super-hard black coating
Sapphire crystal bezel
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
Water resistance: 20 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 46.7 mm, Thickness: 14.5 mm
Silicone strap
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Limited edition of 1,500
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 2,700 Euro


SSE174


Live Pics







SSE167

Beautiful blue, with MOP Second sub dial.  Ceramic bezel.




SSE174 Novak Djokovic LE






















Getting thinner and smaller, little by little.

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CEO's Message

 
 By: KIH : March 3rd, 2018-05:22
March 22, 2018 Dear friends of Seiko, Welcome to Baselworld 2018. When you visit our pavilion this year, you will be met by the very best in both our brands. You will see that the Grand Seiko collection is wider than ever, with more sports and more formal...  
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Credor: New Eichi in Rose Gold

 
 By: KIH : March 3rd, 2018-05:46
The tenth anniversary of Credor Spring Drive Eichi is celebrated in rose gold The original Eichi, created in 2008, and its successor Eichi II, 2014, won high praise worldwide for their simplicity of design, the exquisite finishing of the movements, the in...  
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Presage: New Shippo Enamel Dial and thinner caliber.

 
 By: KIH : March 3rd, 2018-05:59
Presage explores fine Japanese craftsmanship and introduces a new, thinner caliber Shippo enamel dial, crafted especially for Presage Since it was first presented to the world in 2016, the Presage collection has showcased two central aspects of the charac...  
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I’m really tempted

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-04:08
Best wishes Alkiro
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Me too!

 
 By: g_schroder : March 22nd, 2018-07:53
I must admit that the wave design doesn't speak to me as much as the prior simple dark-blue enamel did, but I'm tempted to buy one and try it out (re-sell if it isn't for me). Great watch for the price!
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Indeed! Another stunner from Seiko

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-07:56
Best wishes Alkiro
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That picture don't do justice.

 
 By: jomni1 : March 28th, 2018-05:36
The wave is subtle and not obvious which makes it more intriguing. www.youtube.com
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Luckily i need to visit my AD today 😉

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : March 22nd, 2018-03:39
Will ask him to order one . Would love to have the one without the power reserve
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At that pace my friend, you’ll become a Seiko AD very soon 😁

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-04:07
Best wishes Alkiro
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😂 .

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : March 22nd, 2018-04:51
👍🏻
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😁😉

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-05:00
Best wishes Alkiro
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Great! Let us take a look! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-05:53
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Great report!

 
 By: jml_watches : March 22nd, 2018-03:40
Really like the new blue enamel dials, especially the simpler one. Good to have the opportunity to have a second bite at the blue enamel cherry. The new movement looks interesting - especially how it helps reduce bulk of watch. Look forward to hearing mor... 
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Good idea :-)) You'd better hurry! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-05:53
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Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel dial supercedes previous blue dial models

 
 By: MTF : March 22nd, 2018-07:59
Ken, Thanks for the Live photos, which look the same as the press release images. That gives confidence that the artistic effect is real. The new shippo enamel blue dial really superceded the 2017 blue dial Presage model; no question about that! Plus it i... 
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I've just checked with NY and Presage release dates are shown as "September 2018"

 
 By: cazalea : March 22nd, 2018-09:34
But it never hurts to be on the list in advance because the press info implies NOW Cazalea
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Yup, the earlier, the better, I say :-)) [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:10
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Thanks for the report. This is awesome! [nt]

 
 By: mj23 : March 22nd, 2018-08:46
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My pleasure, thanks! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:09
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Very very nice selection!

 
 By: halkcb : March 22nd, 2018-19:40
Just when you thought your wallet was safe---BANG!! Great pieces at the price love the blue wave enamel pattern. thanks for showing best henry
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Looks fantastic

 
 By: benlee338 : March 23rd, 2018-20:04
I am certain up for the PR version. However, have to say the dial looks strangely similar to my UN Classico Blue Enamel... Coincidence? ...  
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Prospex: Six new Prospex Diver's including 1968 Automatic Diver's Revival

 
 By: KIH : March 3rd, 2018-06:33
Seiko’s expertise in diver’s watches is celebrated in the new Prospex collection A Seiko classic is revived in Prospex Six new Prospex creations honor two landmark Seiko Diver’s watches. Since 1965, Seiko has continuously pushed back the boundaries in div...  
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The Japanese Hulk is great.

 
 By: zabreg1 Mr White : March 22nd, 2018-02:46
Thank you for all this info, very interesting.
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I think so, too! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-05:53
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I am seriously thinking about ordering the green one ...

 
 By: Marcus Hanke : March 22nd, 2018-05:05
Thank you for the great coverage! Pics are great, too! Marcus
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I just placed the order - they will be delivered in June [nt]

 
 By: Marcus Hanke : March 27th, 2018-03:11
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Astron: Adds Executive Sports Series.

 
 By: KIH : March 3rd, 2018-06:47
Astron GPS Solar adds an executive sports series. Active wear for off-duty professionals. The new Astron executive sports series. SSE167 Released in 2017, the Astron executive series was the first Astron designed specifically for those who want a versatil...  
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Awesome report Ken 🙏

 
 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : March 22nd, 2018-07:20
Eichi's dial is so flawless and essential that you might look at it for hours, just wandering with peaceful mind. Blue dials are becoming their trademark. I appreciate the thickness reduction, it seems they are reading us 😜
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Premier: Automatic Skeleton, Designed by Novak Djokovic

 
 By: KIH : March 3rd, 2018-06:53
The Premier automatic skeleton, designed for Novak Djokovic The first mechanical watch we have designed for Novak. A tennis inspired mechanical watch for Novak’s Seiko collection Following on from the success of the Kinetic Perpetual Premier watch that wa...  
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Superb coverage!!!

 
 By: sham1 : March 22nd, 2018-02:28
The Eichi II in rose gold looks nice but I am not sure it is preferable to the platinum version. A warmer watch nevertheless.
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Arguably

 
 By: sham1 : March 22nd, 2018-02:43
the best finished and most accurate 3 handed watch in the market! One day, one day........
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Yeah

 
 By: tom2517 : March 22nd, 2018-03:44
I wish Seiko maybe should have given it a different dial like what they did for GS 8 days RG.
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Very attractive watches

 
 By: Watchlover78 : March 22nd, 2018-05:17
Best regards, Baxter
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I concur! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:08
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Phenomenal post! [nt]

 
 By: Miranda : March 22nd, 2018-13:24
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Thanks, yours, too! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:09
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Ken, thanks for thr Quick and extensive report! (nt)

 
 By: Ronald Held : March 22nd, 2018-13:38
NT
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No problem, my friend! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:09
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Thank you Ken for this great report, as usual [nt]

 
 By: Gnkt : March 22nd, 2018-16:03
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Anything that got your attention? :-) [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 24th, 2018-04:10
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Many interesting models here.

 
 By: Gnkt : March 25th, 2018-12:46
I must confess I'm more interested in what I see here, than on Grand Seiko side. The rose gold Eichi II seems to be gorgeous. It looks warmer than the Platinium Eichi II. SJE073 is also very interesting with the new slim caliber. This is the way GS should... 
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Thanks, Jay! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 24th, 2018-04:10
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I would love to ask the upper echelons if they will complete production of the blue enamel SPB069 before having the first one of these new Presage enamel models be shipped from the factory.

 
 By: remarque : March 22nd, 2018-18:37
I am still waiting for my SPB069 from a Seiko boutique, and the employees at that boutique tell me they know nothing about when their guaranteed allotted pieces will be delivered to the store, which of course means they can give me no timeline for deliver... 
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Just my guess (no insider information)..

 
 By: KIH : March 24th, 2018-04:12
Since the new Shippo Enamel will be launched in September, until then, the current production will continue, so you still have some time. When they say they will deliver, they will (at least that is my experience - this is not a Patek!).
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Abundance stock of SPB069 within SEA region

 
 By: Andru Ekaputra : March 25th, 2018-08:56
Actually there’s lots of them, and with lower price tags compared to US and EU. And i agree with you, the hands and simpler minute track without arabic numerals on SPB069. Simply oozes more mature aura than overall design of 075. If only... there’s no cha... 
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Eichi II calls out to me.(nt)

 
 By: Ronald Held : March 24th, 2018-12:23
NT
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Some really impressive stuff!

 
 By: KMII : March 25th, 2018-02:54
Not much needs to be said about the delectable Eichi II. As for the new Presage lines, they are really impressive indeed. Especially like the new thinner movement - once it spreads across the lines it will help with more elegant case shapes, to match the ... 
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Credor Eichi II is now warmer and more rounded.... great contrast with the cold looking porcelain dial.. oh and the strap for it is to die for.....

 
 By: KIH : March 25th, 2018-05:22
... Yes, although it is to be launched in September, I have already contacted my AD and placed a pre-order! The simple one is my favorite. I will take a closer look at the new thinner movement once I get it. Thanks for your comment, KMII! Ken
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I wish I could order one.... (nt)

 
 By: Ronald Held : March 25th, 2018-13:13
NT
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OMG another fancy and creative blue dial from Seiko.

 
 By: jomni1 : March 28th, 2018-05:31
Seiko is really putting out some really great dial designs that set them apart from the big names. And to think it's the more affordable Presage line.
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Absolutely [nt]

 
 By: Arie - Mr Orange : March 28th, 2018-15:14
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