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WOTY 2012: Innovation – Seiko Astron GPS Solar


Earlier this year WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2012 – the 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.

Now we are showcasing a watch a day that made the cut in 2012 and today feature the solar-powered Astron from Seiko.

Highly Commended Innovative Watch of the Year – Seiko Astron GPS Solar


The Astron GPS Solar does exactly as its name suggests – it utilises GPS technology to offer accurate timekeeping and is powered by solar energy.

Such a watch could only come from the technical minds at Seiko; the brand has developed its own patented low-consumption GPS receiver, small enough to be fitted into a watch, and allowing all 39 world time zones and date data to be received using a global network of satellites.

Once each day the Astron will receive an automatic signal and will update all of its information, its hands automatically adjusting as necessary to the correct local time. The Astron has resulted in no less than 100 patent applications and is due for global simultaneous market release later this year.

Measuring 47mm and boasting a titanium case and bracelet, the Astron is a stellar timepiece that successfully combines gadgetry with good looks.


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