Seiko Introduces Astron GPS Solar Novak Djokovic Limited Edition


Earlier this year, Seiko announced their partnership with Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic – it was in January when Shinji Hattori, President of Seiko Watch Corporation, presented Djokovic with a Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch, symbolizing the partnership. Now, the company has prepared a new Astron dedicated to Mr. Djokovic – the Astron GPS Solar Novak Djokovic Limited Edition. Only 2,500 of these will be available, starting from November this year. So, without any further ado, let’s see what this new Seiko has to offer.

One of the coolest things about this timepiece, and what we’ve already had the chance to see in Astron line, is the ability to automatically change time zones and set the correct time. This is made possible by implementing the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. The world time function includes 40 time zones. And that’s not all, there’s also the Daylight Saving Time function, so the watch really takes care of everything.

The case-back features the signature of Novak Djokovic

Another interesting thing about this Astron is the movement, the Caliber 8X82. This is, in fact, a brand new chronograph movement, which made its debut at this year’s Baselworld. Two new functions have been introduced, one of them being a six-hour chronograph. The second new aspect of the movement is the electronic function in the crown, which makes it easier to adjust the secondary functions.

Now let’s get back to the exterior. The new Astron features a stainless steel case with a nice luxurious rose-gold color coating. It measures 44.6 mm in diameter, while the thickness is 13.3 mm. This might sound a lot, but this case is actually 30% smaller compared to other Astron watches. This was made possible, among other things, because the timepiece is equipped with a smaller GPS antenna. The rose gold tone is also found on the case back, where we can see the signature of Novak Djokovic, as well as the serial number of the particular watch. This is all contrasted by the bezel, made of black ceramic, on which we can see the tachymeter scale. Another instance of contrasting is the dial. Here we have a black background contrasted with rose gold-tone details, such as hands, indexes, and also the three sub-dials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. Protecting all this, we have a sapphire crystal enhanced with super-clear coating.

The watch is 30% smaller than other Astron timepieces

When it comes to water resistance, the timepiece can withstand pressures of up to 10 bar. And not only that, it will withstand some harsh magnetic fields: this Astron has magnetic resistance of 4,800 A/m.  Another tough quality is the strap; Seiko equipped this timepiece with a durable black silicon strap, completed with a three-fold clasp with push button release.

Powering this watch, we have the Caliber 8X82, which uses GPS to control the time and the adjustment of the time zones. One of the nice things about it is the indicator of the signal reception, and also the perpetual calendar, which is correct to the year 2100. Finally, each of the 2,500 watches will come in a presentation box together with a personal message from Novak Djokovic himself, a very nice, thoughtful detail. Seiko states that the recommended retail price for this watch is about 1,900 EUR.

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