On Christmas Day 50 years ago, Seiko released the world’s first-ever Quartz watch, the Seiko Quartz Astron 35 SQ. Only 200 were available, sold exclusively in Japan. It was a major breakthrough for Seiko and for the rest of the watchmaking industry undoubtedly. To celebrate such a milestone, Seiko released a watch to pay homage to the ‘hero’ that started it all. Let’s take a look at the 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition.
Model: Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Diameter: 41.00 mm
Calibre: GPS Solar 3X22
Price: USD 36, 000
“Quiet people has the loudest mind.”Stephen Hawking
A Gentleman’s Take
When I was a kid, I like to rifle through magazines randomly, pretending to understand the material, like an adult. When in reality, I didn’t even know what half of the multiplication table is. However, surprisingly, I remembered that Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Seiko are the three most advertised brands seen in magazines. I have always thought to myself, “Seiko needs to up their game because their watches obviously aren’t flashy enough comparing to the rest.” Now that I am older and have dived deeper into the sea of horology knowledge, I realized that Seiko does not need to be jazzy to earn our respect.
As Seiko said, “this new limited edition watch brings back to life the form and design of the 1969 Quartz Astron in its entirety.” For this new edition, Seiko has developed a new movement with much higher precision, as well as the ability to automatically detect the time zone and correct the time display accordingly, all in this thin, tiny little case.
The 18K yellow gold case is absolutely eye-catching, each delicately hand-carved by the highest skilled crafters in Seiko. The dial has an exquisite vertical hairline pattern which is quite uncommon if you ask. Indexes and hands are thin and elegant with a black line over it, just like the original. Although this watch was made to pay tribute to the original, this isn’t an exact copy of the Seiko Quartz Astron 35 SQ, at least not the concaved dial and the “GPS Solar” legend.
The case diameter is sort of in the middle ground, sitting at 40.9mm and 12.8 in thickness, giving the watch an extra slender look. This model, according to Seiko, will also be the “thinnest solar GPS quartz movement in the world.” Incredible.
Some of you may think that this watch looks really old-fashion or the style is not up to date. Well, you’re not wrong, as this watch is much like a “rebirth” of the original. Often time, in that case, the style tends to be unchanged. If you are into vintage watches or if the Seiko Astron holds nostalgic value to you then I think this would the perfect watch for you.
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