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Introducing The 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Introducing The 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Quick Take

In watch devotee circles, it’s a story you learn pretty from the get-go, and it’s one that has an effectively identifiable lowlife, or saint, anyway you need to take a gander at it. In 1969, there were a number of endeavors being made to reduce quartz clocks to a size, and with a low sufficient force consumption, to be viable in a wristwatch, but on Christmas Day of that year, Seiko dominated the race by delivering the absolute first practical quartz wristwatch. This was the Seiko Quartz Astron 35 SQ. The Astron was a lot of an original exertion; it had a generally short battery life (about a year, which was still beautiful noteworthy by the technology norms of the time) and it was over the top expensive; Seiko just made 200 of them and they were sold distinctly in Japan. 

However, it was the influx of things to come. The Astron 35 SQ debuted with an accuracy of ±0.2 seconds out of each day, and at a stroke, reclassified expectations of accuracy in wristwatches for what’s to come. Mechanical and quartz watchmaking co-exist today in a manner that would have been unthinkable in the years simply following the debut of the Astron – there were not kidding discussions in the Swiss watch industry during that period, about whether it mightn’t simply bode well to abandon mechanical watchmaking altogether – but the Astron remains and will always stay, the ur-quartz timepiece, and the first of another breed of timepieces whose development continues today.

One of the most dramatic enhancements in the performance of quartz watches has come from the advancement of timepieces capable of conversing with the GPS satellite network, which requires time signs of very high precision to function. (One fascinating aspect of the GPS framework is that it should consider the effects of relativity, which cause clocks in orbit to run at an alternate rate from those on the ground – in a story recently, on the model NASA Deep Space Atomic Clock , we were informed that if the GPS framework at any point quit considering relativistic occasions, it would promptly begin producing “kilometer-scale blunders” in no time). The practical problem with GPS watches, similarly as with conventional quartz timepieces in the beginning, was power consumption and early GPS watches were very huge and bulky. Notwithstanding, for the new The 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, Seiko has built up another development which gives all the convenience of a GPS watch – extremely high precision, just as the ability to automatically detect the time region and correct the time show accordingly – in a much more slender than-expected package.

The 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is anything but an exact copy-glue of the first, but it’s very close in a number of key respects. The case, as in the first, is 18k yellow gold and the distinctive example of the first has been reproduced too, with the etching done by hand in the new model. The slight bezel just as the black-on-gold dial markers, and vertically designed dial, are all from the first too, albeit the concave dial shape, date window, and legend “GPS Solar” are all new. 

The rehaut is likewise, and of necessity, noticeably more profound than in the first Astron; in GPS sunlight based Astron watches from Seiko, the rehaut by and large acts as a function indicator also. The different time setting and synchronizing functions are as is normal for GPS Astrons, dealt with by means of buttons in the side of the case, albeit in the 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, these have been considerably reduced in size from past models, and are practically invisible when the watch is seen head on. The most notable difference between prior GPS Astron watches and the 50th Anniversary LE, other than the general plan and execution, is the case size – while the main GPS Astrons were 16.5mm thick , this most recent model uses what Seiko says is, at the hour of delivery, the most slender sun oriented GPS quartz development on the planet. This permits the watch to have a comparatively smooth case, at 40.9mm x 12.8mm thick.

Introductory Thoughts

If you like such a thing by any means, the 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is an attractive watch in reality. It is as much a modern approach to quartz timekeeping technology as the first was in 1969 and keeping in mind that the current record for self-sufficient accuracy in a quartz watch is held by Citizen, the Astron GPS watches do offer an exceptionally attractive list of capabilities nonetheless. This includes accuracy which from a practical angle is far more prominent than anything anybody will at any point need, in addition to straightforward sun powered charging, and the ability to automatically refreshed the time show based on situation as detected by the GPS network. A common contention is that such accuracy is available to anybody with a cell telephone, or a cell-telephone controlled smartwatch but of course, the under two-day battery life of such frameworks implies that the GPS Astron offers a better level of independence from any outer force source. 

These technical highlights are crucial for the credibility of the watch but of course, this is a lot of a timepiece produced for genuine Seiko collectors and lovers. There are simply going to be 50 of them made and at a US price of $36,000, the cost matches the exclusivity. Historically talking, this is, coincidentally, additionally dependable pretty much to the first. At the point when it previously came out, the first Astron cost, in 1969,  ¥450,000, which according to one online currency calculator is about ¥1.6 million today – or generally $15,000. One comparison I’ve heard is that the first cost “in excess of another Toyota Corolla” – in the event that you maximize the most costly current Corolla with all the choices, you have about a $30,000 car, so the comparison is still fairly able. Price aside, the new 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition does a ton of what the first did: acts as an assertion of technical ability and thought authority, while being incredibly exclusive as well.

The Basics

Brand: Seiko
Model: 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, SBDX002

Diameter: 40.9mm
Thickness: 12.8mm
Case Material: 18k yellow gold
Dial Color: gold
Indexes: applied
Lume: yes
Water Resistance: 10 bar/100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: crocodile tie w/18k gold three-crease clasp

The Movement

Caliber: 3X22
Functions: GPS controlled time and date; unending calendar to 2100AD; signal reception result indication on rehaut
Power Reserve: 10.8 billion years, plus or minus (assessed lifetime of the Sun)
Additional Details: high-speed time region change; power save function

Pricing & Availability

Price: $36,000
Availability: December, at Seiko boutiques
Limited Edition: yes; 50 pieces worldwide

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