On Thursday, September 27, 2012, Tokyo’s ‘Seiko Salon’ opened as usual, but visitors are greeted with a striking new image, that is the new Seiko Astron GPS satellite positioning too A lively display of an energy watch. The Wako Department Store, where Seiko Salon is located, is a landmark building in Tokyo. In the central large window of Seiko Salon, a huge montage image composed of about 50 screens shows Seiko Astron watches and its extraordinary Powerful features. At the same time, the store’s famous clock tower is also reflected in a layer of blue, like the mysterious dark blue presented by the earth seen from space, symbolizing that the Astron series of amazing GPS technology will cover us Every corner of a beautiful planet.
On October 10, 2012, the Royal Greenwich Observatory witnessed the global listing of Seiko Astron watches, which will add a strong color to the history of the watch industry. Just as the Harrison Chronometer installed in the Observatory created a new standard for precision timekeeping to make international travel safer and more reliable, the new Seiko Astron watch gives modern timekeeping a completely new definition of time with its new function of identifying all time zones worldwide New revolution
The new Seiko Astron watch is the world’s first GPS satellite-powered solar watch. It does not require external energy and is completely self-sustaining. It only needs to be driven by light energy, but it can be connected to a GPS network. It can accurately tell the time like an atomic clock. With the press of a button, it can identify 39 time zones around the world. It took us ten years to create the new Seiko Astron watch, and to show its advanced functions perfectly on a beautiful and comfortable watch. Like its outstanding previous watch, the world’s first quartz watch introduced in 1969, the new Astron GPS satellite-powered solar watch will change the way the world recognizes time.
While developing Astron, SEIKO (Seiko) developed a series of new technologies and applied for more than 100 patents. Only SEIKO (Seiko) can bring travellers all over the world what they have always wanted, a watch that can understand and recognize global time zones.
An innovation that transforms Seiko Astron from dream to reality
Ultra-low power GPS module
In order for Astron to determine its position and maintain the accuracy of the atomic clock, it must receive signals from at least four GPS satellites, which orbit Earth at an altitude of 20,000 kilometers. The challenge is naturally energy consumption. The energy required to maintain the normal operation of an Astron watch is 10,000 times that of an ordinary quartz watch and 200 times that of a radio wave watch. After 6 years of research and development, SEIKO has finally successfully developed a highly efficient GPS module for watches. When it receives signals, it can avoid tracking satellite signals with poor reception conditions and wasting energy. Therefore, the new Seiko Astron GPS module achieves amazing energy-saving functions, and its energy consumption is only one-fifth that of ordinary GPS modules.
2. Highly sensitive loop antenna
Early in the development, SEIKO decided that the new Seiko Astron must be a regular-sized watch and comfortable to wear. The key issue is how to place the antenna in the case. At present, chip antennas and microstrip antennas, which are widely used in GPS equipment, have the same two major problems: poor signal reception in a metal watch case, and large volume. So SEIKO set out to design a new type of antenna to solve these problems. The solution is to invent a highly sensitive loop antenna that can be placed on the outer part of the round case. By placing the antenna under the bezel, SEIKO succeeded in pushing its reception to new limits. This characteristic is further enhanced by the use of ceramic bezels, because ceramic materials are superior to metal materials in terms of radio wave reception.
3. Exquisite, compact and low power consumption
Seiko Astron uses lithium-ion batteries, similar to today’s mobile phones and other devices. However, the size and reliability of batteries can cause problems over time, and they will crack after being charged and discharged too frequently. Astron uses a new type of lithium-ion secondary battery, which is tiny and can be easily placed in the case. It is also equipped with a newly developed integrated circuit to monitor and manage its charge and discharge, thereby ensuring the safety and durability of this rechargeable battery. This integrated circuit consumes only 1/10 of the energy of an integrated circuit in a similar mobile phone.
4. Thinking sensors
The sensor of Seiko Astron realizes the automatic adjustment of time by judging the state of the remaining energy and the state of the last signal receiving condition. In this way, it saves power and ensures that it can use the maximum power to connect to the GPS network. As long as the sensor detects sunlight or other strong light sources every day, Astron will automatically connect to the GPS satellite and adjust the time under the required conditions to ensure its amazing accuracy of 100,000 years and 1 second. When the watch is covered by clothing or under insufficient light, the sensor will call the status information of the last successful time adjustment and search for satellite signals. If enough energy is stored, the watch will receive signals every day. If the remaining energy is low, the watch will automatically adjust its time interval to save energy. Also, when the logo on the watch shows “E” (indicating insufficient energy) or the flight mode is on, the automatic time adjustment function will not work. Astron’s ‘thinking’ sensors will be integrated into the world and into the wearer’s lifestyle.
Global network of Seiko Astron watches
The new Seiko Astron watch series has been launched in many retail outlets around the world, including sales centers in Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and other regions. After the successful appearance of the Basel International Watch & Clock Fair, Astron has been launched in more than 50 markets around the world this year, and its market share will continue to increase in 2013 with increasing production. In 1969, the Astron quartz revolution led a new era in watchmaking. Today, the second-generation Astron revolution has opened a new chapter.
Seiko Astron GPS Solar Positioning Watch 7X52
Global positioning control time and time zone adjustment function
Hour, minute and second hands
Perpetual calendar accurate to February 2100
Signal reception result display
Global time function (39 time zones)
Daylight saving time function
Power reserve function
Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month
(No time signal received, temperature between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius)
Case: Black wear-resistant carbon film-treated high-strength titanium and ceramic bezel (SAST001G / SAST007G)
High-strength titanium and ceramic bezel (SAST003G / SAST005G)
Stainless steel, ceramic bezel (SAST009G)
Black abrasion-resistant carbon film-treated stainless steel, ceramic bezel (SAST011G)
Case diameter: 47.0mm, thickness: 16.5mm
Strap: Black high-strength carbon film-treated high-strength titanium, tri-fold button switch clasp (SAST001G / SAST007G)
High-strength titanium, tri-fold button switch clasp (SAST003G / SAST005G)
Extended Silicone Strap, Tri-Fold Push Button Switch Buckle (SAST009G / SAST011G)
Mirror: Ultra-clear coated sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic reactance: 4,800 A / m
Suggested retail price in China: RMB 13,000 ~ 22,000
Limited edition of 2,500 pieces (SAST001G)