On December 25 fifty years ago, Seiko introduced the world’s first quartz wristwatch (Seiko Quartz-Astron 35SQ). It was a watch that revolutionized the watchmaking industry and its launch remains one of the most important landmarks in Seiko’s history. The Quartz Astron set a new standard in wristwatch precision with an accuracy rate of +-5 seconds per month, made possible by several technological advances including the tuning fork shaped quartz oscillator and the open type step motor which are still standard components of quartz watches today. Soon after the launch of the Quartz Astron, Seiko opened most of its patents to the world, a move that helped bring the advantages of quartz timekeeping within the reach of all. The Seiko Quartz Astron is recognized as one of Japan’s greatest achievements, giving all mankind access to high precision timekeeping and changing the way time was told around the world.
The latest Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is a remake of the original Quartz Astron and is presented in 40.9 mm,hand carved 18k gold case. The dial has a very distinct grained vertical hairline patten and the yellow gold hands and multifaceted indexes have been painted in black just like its predecessor. The newly developed Caliber 3X22 used in the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is the world’s thinnest GPS solar caliber, the watch connects automatically upto twice a day to the GPS network and maintains precision of one second every 100,000 years.
The case back is marked “Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Quartz Astron, released on Dec 25, 1969”
The letters “Limited Edition” and the serial number 01/50-50/50 are inscribed on the case back as proof of this limited quantity edition.
Limited edition of only 50 pieces will be available at Seiko boutiques worldwide from December 2019. Retail is approx
$ 36,000, More at Seiko