Seiko Astron GPS Solar Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary Limited Edition

“One step ahead of the rest.” The 160th anniversary of Kintaro Hattori’ s birth is marked with a special Seiko 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”.
Kintaro Hattori 1860 – 1934

  • Businessman, visionary and philanthropist –
    When Seiko’s founder Kintaro Hattori was born in 1860 in central Tokyo, Japan was undergoing massive social and industrial changes as it took its place on the world stage after more than two centuries of self-imposed isolation. It was a time of opportunity and no-one grasped its significance more than Kintaro. At the age of just 17, he set up his own timepiece repair business at his home and, just four years later, he founded his own company, repairing, importing and selling clocks and watches. Under his leadership, his fledgling “start-up” grew to be Japan’s pre-eminent timepiece manufacturer. It was with good reason that he soon became known in Japan as the “King of watches in the East”.
    Seiko Astron. The world leader in GPS Solar technology.
    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.

NOTE: If there are changes in the region / time zone / DST, manual selection may be required.
A design that speaks of Seiko’s heritage
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.
Zirconia ceramic bezel
The bezel is made from Zirconia ceramic and has sixteen facets, one for each decade since Kintaro’s birth.
A case back that tells the Kintaro story
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.

Note: The case back direction might be different from the photograph.
A supplementary crocodile strap
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.
The ‘S’ mark; Kintaro’s first trademark.
From 1900, Kintaro used this ‘S’ mark with both square and round rims on his products. It was registered as the trademark of his company, K. Hattori & Co. A commemorative lapel badge featuring this landmark design is offered with the watch.
A special presentation box
The watch is offered in a special presentation box with a commemorative “S” mark badge and includes a card carrying a message from Kintaro’s great-grandson and the company’s current Chairman & CEO, Shinji Hattori.
Technology of Astron
The GPS Solar Caliber 5X53 Dual-Time connects up to twice a day to the GPS network to maintain its precision* anywhere in the world. It adjusts automatically to Daylight Saving Time** and, when the wearer changes time zone, he or she simply pushes a button and the hands move rapidly to the correct local time, thanks to the system that moves the hour, minute, and seconds hands independently. In addition, the wearer is able to change the main time display instantly from home to local time and vice versa. It is a perfect watch for Novak and all international travelers. Travelling can be stressful; Astron makes it just a little less so.

  • When the dial detects sunlight, the watch connects to the GPS satellite network and adjusts automatically to the correct time. If the watch is hidden from light, it remembers the time of its last successful manual connection and attempts to receive the GPS signal again at that same time.
    ** If the time zone adjustment is successful, the watch will display local Daylight Saving Time wherever this is in operation. (This does not apply when a time zone is selected manually)
    Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH073 Kintaro Hattori 160th Anniversary Limited Edition

Seiko Astron GPS Solar World-Time. The Novak Djokovic Limited Edition.

Astron GPS Solar. The perfect watch for the best player in the world.

Since the beginning of 2014, when he selected Seiko as his watch partner, Novak Djokovic has travelled the globe in pursuit of ever greater tennis glory, and what a journey it has been! Today, Novak is not only the number one tennis player in the world, but, with his win at Roland Garros in June of this year, he became one of only eight players in the history of the game to have achieved a Career Grand Slam. Over this period, Novak has won an astonishing 25 titles in ten countries on four continents.

Accompanying Novak throughout this grueling schedule has been his Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch. International travel is never easy, but, with Astron GPS Solar, Novak can adjust to each new time zone with a single touch of a button. Using just the power of light, Astron GPS Solar connects to the GPS network and automatically adjusts, at the touch of a button, to every time zone on earth, showing the time with a precision of one second every 100,000 years.

The new Astron GPS Solar World-Time. Less is more.

Now, Novak has a new Astron GPS Solar watch that incorporates caliber 8X22, a notable advance in Seiko’s GPS Solar technology. The case is slimmer than any other GPS Solar watch, even slimmer than all other Astron models (the depth is just 12.4mm compared to 13.3mm in the other 8X series). The dial is simple, with all the indicators in one small sub-dial, giving the watch an understated look and perfect legibility. The Astron GPS Solar World-Time offers everything essential and nothing else. Truly, less is more.

The Novak Djokovic Limited Edition. The best of Astron for the best player in the world.

The new Novak Djokovic Limited Edition has a unique design that reflects both Novak’s taste and the uniqueness of the new Astron caliber. The dial is a dark shade of mother-of-pearl, which, in combination with the black crocodile leather strap and the rose- gold color case, gives the watch a powerful yet refined appeal, combining both elegance and sport.

Each watch in this limited edition carries Novak’s signature on the case back and is accompanied by a card carrying a personal message from Novak. Every watch has its own individual serial number and is offered in a special presentation box. Just 3,500 will ever be made. The edition will be released in November and presented at the Seiko Boutiques and other leading Seiko retail outlets worldwide.

Seiko Astron GPS Solar World-Time Novak Djokovic Limited Edition, SSE105

Caliber Specifications: 8X22, GPS Solar World-Time
  GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment
  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 time signal and at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C)

  Titanium case with rose gold color coating
  Ceramic bezel
  Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating
  Water resistance: 10 bar
  Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
  Diameter: 44.8mm, Thickness: 12.4mm
  Crocodile strap
  Three-fold clasp with push button release

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: $230
Limited edition of 3,500