Seiko Factory Visit – Trip Report Part 2 : Astron GPS and Prospex

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About a month prior, early October, I went to Japan to join the Seiko Media Experience 2015 visit with 6 different writers from different Patek Philippe Reviews distributions. It was a memorable excursion and I chose to report about this outing in three separate articles.

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Seiko Factory Visit – Trip Report Part 2 : Astron GPS and Prospex

June 8, 2017: Sign-up for the Grand Seiko Experience with Fratello Watches .

About a month prior, early October, I went to Japan to join the Seiko Media Experience 2015 visit with 6 different writers from different Patek Philippe Reviews distributions. It was a memorable excursion and I chose to report about this outing in three separate articles.

  • Part 1 – Visit to the (Grand) Seiko and Credor facilities in Morioka and Shiojiri ;
  • Part 2 – Astron GPS and Prospex collections;
  • Part 3 – Seiko Museum visit and meeting with Mr Hattori.

This is section 2, covering Seiko’s Astron GPS and Seiko Prospex assortments. We were remaining at a lovely area, in the Tateshina Tokyu Hotel. A tranquil and calm area, close to a wonderful lake. In one of the gathering rooms of this inn, Seiko chose to give us an itemized clarification about the Seiko Astron GPS idea and present their most recent models. Concerning the Seiko ProsPex assortment, Seiko welcomed previous employee Ikuo Tokunaga. Seiko fans will quickly perceive this name, as he was the designer that built up the 1975 ref. 6159-7010 Professional Diver otherwise called ‘Tuna can” or “ Grandfather Tuna “.

On the fourth day we remained at the Tokyu Hotel, to be educated about the Seiko Astron and Prospex collections

But first of all, let me start with the Seiko Astron assortment, its set of experiences, the GPS innovation and some models of the current collection.

Seiko Astron History

The Astron assortment returns to 1969. Obviously, there was no GPS. All things considered, GPS – Global Positioning System – has been created since 1967, however it wasn’t until 1978 that the primary trial satellite was effectively dispatched and it was essentially a US military framework (NAVigation Satellite Time And Ranging or NAVSTAR) until 1983 when president Reagan of the USA delivered it for public use. Nonetheless, let’s make it one stride back (before GPS) and discussion about that absolute first Seiko Astron Patek Philippe Reviews This Patek Philippe Reviews without any assistance killed the Swiss Patek Philippe Reviews industry at that point, in 1969. Think about that while taking other factors into consideration maybe, however basically, it started the large scale manufacturing of entirely solid and moderately modest quartz Patek Philippe Reviews The Astron was the world’s first quartz Patek Philippe Reviews created by Seiko. During the 1970s “quartz crisis”, a great deal of Swiss brands either failed or began to make their own quartz Patek Philippe Reviews too, coming about in – at any rate – some picture harm even 30 after 40 years. Eventually, it was for individuals like Hayek Sr. who saw the force of quartz in modest Patek Philippe Reviews like Swatch and empowered some significant Swiss Patek Philippe Reviews fabricates to be resurrected with the Swatch Patek Philippe Reviews benefits. In a nutshell.

In any case, I previously expounded on the current fine quartz developments that Seiko produces for their Grand Seiko and Credor assortments (9F types) in the initial segment of this excursion report, however the quartz development of that time were less complicated obviously. In any case, I see no motivation behind why the quartz development is abhorred by so numerous out there. It is only a result of development and advancement, individuals can pick whether they need to have a very precise quartz Patek Philippe Reviews a mechanical Patek Philippe Reviews with ‘soul’ or a Spring Drive that combines the mechanical soul with an IC.

Seiko Astron – World’s First Quartz Patek Philippe Reviews in 1969

Seiko Astron GPS

In 2012, Seiko presented a whole new assortment utilizing their acclaimed ‘Astron’ name: the Astron GPS. In this article and this involved audit of the Seiko Astron GPS Patek Philippe Reviews , we previously clarified how the Patek Philippe Reviews (and development) works. Be that as it may, during the introduction and clarification in Japan things went somewhat farther than the essential presentation I got in BaselWorld. Essentially, because of the utilization of the Astron GPS development, this Patek Philippe Reviews is consistently exact, any place you are and on the grounds that it is sun based controlled, it is consistently ‘running’.

Besides an energy effective GPS module and a steady force supply from the sun oriented source the Astron GPS additionally has this high-affectability ring reception apparatus in the Patek Philippe Reviews The Seiko staff exhibited some of the pieces of the Astron Patek Philippe Reviews like the GPS beneficiary and the high-sensitivy radio wire, as can be seen below.

Seiko GPS recipient and ring antenna

The initial 2012 Seiko Astron GPS models had the type 7X-arrangement developments, while the current 2014 models have an improved 8X-arrangement development. These developments have become more modest and have a higher energy effectiveness. That sounds exceptionally theoretical, so let me give you some models on these aspects.

The GPS module just as the IC require less energy. Way less energy, particularly when compared to a regular GPS Patek Philippe Reviews or quartz Patek Philippe Reviews The 7X-arrangement developments were at that point amazing, however the 8X-arrangement are significantly more proficient. See the little outline beneath that I got from Seiko. The scale isn’t completely obvious to me, yet whatever scale it will be, it shows how the new Astron GPS development holds-up to traditional quartz GPS movements.

Energy utilization of the Seiko Astron GPS 7X and 8X arrangement movements

As composed over, the parts (counting the development) likewise turned into somewhat more modest in the new 8X arrangement development. The ring reception apparatus went from 38mm to 35.5mm in measurement and the size of the battery is currently 50% of the size it was in de 7X arrangement development. The outcome is that Seiko had the option to decrease the stature of the case with 3.2mm. Beneath, you seen picture that I took to show the distinction between the 7X and 8X development measurements. The new 8X arrangement is on the left, the 7X arrangement on the right.

Seiko 8X and 7X arrangement developments for the Astron GPS

In complete the new 2015 Astron GPS is equipped for accepting signs from 4 satellites, shows 2 time regions, has a retro-grade day pointer, simple to utilize time region change and so forth Concerning style, my partner Michael Stockton did an awesome review on the completion and presence of the Astron GPS Titanium . The cases have this lovely completion that Seiko alludes to as the “Zaratsu” finish, a method we likewise saw on the Grand Seiko models. Underneath, an outline of some of the current Seiko Astron GPS Solar models.

You may have seen these models as of now, as they are accessible at your Seiko Astron retailer or in the Seiko Boutiques. Despite the fact that I am exceptionally dazzled by the innovation, the usability as shown in our Astron review by Michael Stockton and the perfect completion of these Patek Philippe Reviews they are not my sort of Patek Philippe Reviews when it comes feel. I’ve composed it previously and as of late in our initial segment of my excursion report, that various current Seiko Patek Philippe Reviews are maybe all in all too blingy or ‘metallic’ for my taste. In view of the responses from our perusers, in any event, during the Seiko occasion in Amsterdam as of late, it is commonly shared that some of the plans doesn’t appear to fit the flavor of the European shopper. Particularly with regards to wristbands Seiko has me somewhat stressed with some of their models, including the Astron. They are of excellent quality and have an extraordinary degree of finish, it is only the plan that doesn’t appeal to me. Same goes for the calfskin ties tragically. At the point when Michael did his survey on the Astron GPS Titanium he quickly changed the lustrous looking gator tie for something more ‘toned down’ and the responses were amazing.

Creating an entirely unexpected search for the Seiko Astron GPS by adding a calfskin NATO strap

See how that changes the whole Patek Philippe Reviews My expectation is that Seiko will plan some more Astron GPS varieties, with less ‘cluttered’ dials however without any difficulty of utilization of the models above. For my past occupation I voyaged a considerable amount through various time regions, and this would have been much more advantageous than physically changing my GMT-Master II. In the event that Seiko can plan a more restrained form that can be worn with a decent suit and shirt, they will have another champ! All things considered, I can’t stress sufficient how intrigued I am by the completion and nature of these pieces just as the innovation that Seiko has and actualizes in their watches.

Seiko Prospex

After the Astron GPS introductions and showings and a little break, we proceeded with the Seiko Prospex introduction and exhibition, given by nobody other than Ikuo Tokunaga. This previous Seiko worker (since 1970) was liable for building up the renowned Tuna can jumper that we fly off the handle about such a great amount here on Fratello Watches.

Other than the Seiko Astron GPS, that is accessible in Europe for instance, a great deal of the Prospex models are JDM (Japan Domestic Model), which implies they stay in Japan. A pity, as I accept that Seiko could be truly solid with some of the models that they keep as ‘JDM’ at this moment. Models are the Marinemaster 300 and Marinemaster 1000 (Tuna) models. For some of these models, little special cases are being made to offer them available to be purchased through the Seiko Boutiques (rather than the standard retail channels), however there is a serious increase on the cost of these “import” models. As you can peruse in my meeting with Seiko CEO Hattori recently, there are plans to have a worldwide assortment later on, however I am somewhat restless I presume. I love the Prospex assortment sincerely, have the Sumo, Marinemaster 300 and (vintage) Tuna Patek Philippe Reviews however couldn’t want anything more than to see them accessible in our market in Europe (maybe they are accessible in the USA, yet don’t think so).

In any case, the expert jumpers Patek Philippe Reviews from Seiko began in 1965 with the 62MAS. It was water impervious to 150M and we canvassed it inside and out in this article . In 1968, Seiko presented their expert jumpers Patek Philippe Reviews that was WR to 300 meters and is really the first model of the later Marinemaster 300 ( which I checked on here ). It had a hello beat development (36,000vph) and is an extremely pursued model by authorities these days.

In 1970, Mr Tokunaga joined Seiko and the advancement for another expert jumpers Patek Philippe Reviews began.

Ikuo Tokunaga clarifying the difficulties when building up an expert jumpers watch

The story goes (in spite of the fact that I positively trust it isn’t a metropolitan legend or made-up story, similar to we see so often with other brands) all began with a letter from an expert jumper that had explicit prerequisites for a jumpers Patek Philippe Reviews It ought to be WR up to 350 meters, impervious to crashes with hard articles, coherent in obscurity and not be affected by helium (immersion plunging). In 1975, Seiko presented their answer. The Seiko 6159-7010 Professional 600M jumpers watch!

Seiko Professional 600M, ref.6159-7010 , Hi-beat movement

This 50mm width Patek Philippe Reviews was made of titanium, had an excessively hard covering on the cover and was made out of one piece (monobloc). Additionally, for the gem the Professional 600 utilized a L-molded gasket for additional assurance. Where other Patek Philippe Reviews utilizes a helium valve (automatic, similar to the Rolex Sea-Dweller or manual like the Omega Seamaster 300M and PO models), this Patek Philippe Reviews is water and water/air proof because of the monobloc and L-molded gasket. From a similar period, Seamaster PloProf 600M is another illustration of a monobloc jumper that doesn’t require a helium valve.

Based on that absolute first Tuna, presently “Grandfather Tuna”, Seiko concocted comparable Patek Philippe Reviews consistently. Most as of late, Seiko presented them as the Marinemaster 1000 SBDX013 and SBDX014. One of dark ceramic while the other has components of rose gold PVD. Accessible in quartz, automatic and with the Spring Drive development. We canvassed the new models in our BaselWorld report, here .

Mr Tokunaga carried some parts with him, to show the development of the Tuna models. In the main picture beneath, you obviously see the L-formed gasket. In the pictures beneath you will see the development, dial and gem fitted in the monobloc situation where the last picture likewise shows the uni-directional bezel and crown.

One of the new Marinemaster 1000 Tuna models that I truly enjoyed was the model with the gold accents. Seiko previously had something comparative in their assortment in 1986, however this new model combines earthenware with gold and has a delightful greetings beat development from the Morioka production line that I discussed in the initial segment of this excursion report. Underneath you’ll discover the photograph that I took of that dark & rose gold model (SBDX014) and the Spring Drive adaptation of the Marine Master (reference SBDB013).

Based on the experience I presently have, with the clarification about the Spring Drive and having the option to observe the creation cycle, I may support the SBDB013 with Spring Drive movement.

However, nothing beats the first I’ve learnt throughout the long term when gathering Patek Philippe Reviews so I got myself a 6159-7010 from 1975 when I returned from the excursion and got it. Beneath, a picture of that initial 1975 Tuna model and one of the later releases (ended SBDX011, supplanted by the SBDX013).

SBDX011 and 6159-7010

Let there be no misconception that these Patek Philippe Reviews are for show just, they are as yet proficient jumpers Patek Philippe Reviews with ditto specifications. A more committed instrument Patek Philippe Reviews (rather than a “luxury” plunging Patek Philippe Reviews is very hard to track down with these sort of particulars and level of value. Obviously, for individuals who need to have a Patek Philippe Reviews that is additionally a touch more wearable (when not jumping) yet at the same time meeting severe prerequisites there some Marinemaster references too. See below.

As I recently wrote in this report just as in the initial segment of my excursion report to Japan, these Marinemaster models have type 8L35 and 8L55 developments that are likewise being produced at the SII office in Morioka. The Spring Drive developments are created at the Epson facility.

The finish of these Patek Philippe Reviews are faultless and the wearing comfort – even on the huge Tuna cases – is stunning. Other than the advancements and top caliber of these watches, I was very stunned by the energy that the Seiko staff has for these Patek Philippe Reviews and their vintage Patek Philippe Reviews Something you don’t see that frequently with brands with high creation numbers. I two or three Seiko staff individuals wearing vintage Seiko Patek Philippe Reviews during the excursion, which gave me the inclination that they truly care about their legacy and – maybe – gathering community.

This is the finish of the Seiko Factory Visit Trip Report Part 2. In Part 3 I will impart my meeting to CEO Hattori that I had in Japan (in the WAKO building) and the short outing we had to the Seiko Museum in Tokyo.

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