Seiko Revives The World’s First Quartz Watch in 18K Gold After 50 Years

Way back in 1969, Seiko made a move that changed the watchmaking world forever: they released the very first quartz-powered movement in their Astron timepiece. Then, in 2012, they revived the Astron name for another milestone: the world’s first solar GPS watch. And now, they’re paying tribute to both of those hallmarks with the 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition.

This absolutely stunning tribute is rendered in 18K yellow gold — with each case delicately hand-carved by master craftsmen for the ultimate personal touch. And every detail is rendered perfectly, down to the multi-faceted indexes marked by a thin black line on the surface — a detail lifted directly from the original Astron. Each one also features a caseback demarcating the original Dec 25th, 1969 release date, as well as an individual serial number. Best of all, this ultra-limited edition boasts a brand-new caliber 3X22 movement, the world’s thinnest solar GPS movement that automatically maintains its precision of one second every 100,000 years. Only 50 of these watches will ever be made and they’re only available at Seiko boutiques. Pricing has yet to be unveiled, but it is set for a December release.

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