Are you an avid traveller like me? If yes, then you think of nothing more luxurious than a watch that automatically adjusts itself to the local time, as soon as you hop off a plane into a new timezone. Think of this, with the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph, you no longer have to bother setting and adjusting time. Powered entirely on solar energy, the Japanese watchmaker’s top-end watch, the Seiko Astron GPS, uses this solar energy to connect to a multitude of GPS satellites in the sky, thereby helping the watch adjust itself.
It really is very fascinating. Last month, thanks to the guys at Seiko, I had a chance to spend a few days examining the Seiko Astron GPS and I have to say that I absolutely loved it.
First of all, let me begin by saying that I have always loved the functionality and sheer ingenuity of Seiko watches, and therefor this model comes as no surprise to me. As I said earlier, with the press of one button – for six seconds – you can activate the GPS and the watch adjusts itself.
The six-hour chronograph as well as the crown, with its new electronic function only add to the charm of this piece. The watch also features a perpetual calendar, which is correct to the year 2100 (the date indicator lies at the four o’clock mark, while the month is displayed in the indicator at ten o’clock).
Some of the other features of the watch are
– Stopwatch with split time measurement
– inflight mode (which you need to switch on so that the watch’s GPS function does not interfere with any of the aircraft’s navigation systems).
– Manual time zone adjustment (in case you do not want to use the automatic time zone adjustment).
– Daylight savings time
– 100% solar charging
In case you were wondering about the names of world cities and numbers printed all around the bezel and the dial ring, they are the international time zones and the time difference between the UTC. This has got to be one of the most fascinating features for me as I can visualise up to 40 timezones in my head, just by looking at the dial of my watch.
Most importantly, let’s talk about the feel of the watch. The titanium and ceramic bezel, the sapphire crystal glass as well as the titanium bracelet make it pretty heavy. But in a good way. Not heavy enough to weigh your hand down, but in a way that it felt good and snug on my hands. I am not one for overly heavy watches, but this model had just the right weight.
I’m glad I could try out the unique GPS timezone detection facility of my Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph. It really is a unique innovation. It gets my vote for ‘Watch pick for Spring Summer 2015’.