“One step ahead of the rest.” The 160th anniversary of Kintaro Hattori’ s birth is marked with a special Astron GPS Solar watch.
Today, Seiko proudly celebrates the life, career and achievements of its founder with a limited edition Astron GPS Solar watch that exemplifies to perfection Kintaro’s vision that Seiko should always be “One step ahead of the rest”.
In 2012 , Seiko demonstrated its leadership in high technology watchmaking with the world’s first GPS Solar watch. By connecting to the GPS network, Astron adjusts at the touch of a button to every time zone on earth and, by taking all the energy it needs from light alone, never needs a battery change. It offers local time with atomic clock precision on your wrist, wherever you are on earth. Today, eight years on , the latest generation of Astron GPS Solar technology powers the new Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary watch and joins the long list of horological innovations, including the world’s first quartz watch in 1969, that exemplify Kintaro’s philosophy and have kept Seiko at the forefront of watchmaking technology.
With its deep black tones, gold tone accents and high gloss bezel, the watch has a commanding presence on the wrist that befits its heritage. The watch case and bracelet are in 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.
The case back carries Kintaro’s name and three reminders of his legacy. The trademark “S” that he registered in 1900 occupies the center of the case back. His motto “One step ahead of the rest” appears above it and the name Seiko which was first used in 1924 takes pride of place on the rim.
The words “Limited Edition” and the individual watch’s serial number (0001/2500-2500/2500) are inscribed on the case back. The watch is accompanied in its presentation case by a supplementary crocodile strap which is easy to affix and perfect for those special, more formal, occasions.
±15 seconds per month (without receiving a GPS signal and at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C )