Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time: Connected differently

While modern watch technology has become almost synonymous to smart watches that connect to your smart phone, Seiko brings a different taste altogether by connecting their watches to the GPS satellites orbiting the earth. It is, so far, the most advanced way towards accurate time-telling, though not regarded as smart in the computer-sense and therefore, offers less headaches in terms of operations and shock-sensitivity.

Things are not same with the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time anymore. Back in 2012, the Astron GPS Solar housed the caliber 7X; followed by the 8X in 2014. The second-generation caliber featured a chronograph while the following year, the targets were the global travelers. This is 2017 and it marks the arrival of the Dual-Time caliber for the Astron and it translated into a worldwide success for the Astron GPS Solar series.

With the Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time, global travel could not be easier. Not just because it displays a second time-zone real time, but also because it adjusts automatically (after every exposure to bright light) to it as well as with DST (if you hit upon the option). All you need to mention is how many hours behind or ahead it is with respect to Universal Time Coordinated (i.e. Greenwich Mean Time updated with leap seconds). Besides, the Titanium built is an insurance against sudden impacts (which is common during traveling) and weight. With stainless steel, it would be heavier by around 5 times.

As the Solar designation depicts, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time uses the power of light to recharge its battery; the GPS designation denotes it can connect to the orbiting satellites at the touch of a button, which makes it detect your current time zone automatically. The Dual-Time caliber uses the GPS signal to set time for two different zones and the AM/PM indicator makes sure which half of the day it is at the second-time zone.

The Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time has a unique feature, which is the retrograde display of the days of the week. It works in sync with the 4 o’clock date window and together, they make a perpetual calendar unit, set up to February 28, 2100.

What’s surprising is the dial, despite so many things going on over it, gives a clean and clear view of all the information displayed. The hand-polished case showcases Seiko’s unique Zaratsu technique, which makes the polish free from any sort of distortion and making the reflections sharp. The bracelet comprises individually designed ergonomic links but more interesting than that is its magnetic resistance of 4,800A/m. This, for sure, is a great benefit to watch lovers and has helped the Seiko Astron Dual-Time earn its own distinct DNA.

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Newsletter : Seiko 5 Sports Limited Edition Automatic Watches on Sale – Coupon Code Inside!!

 

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These are hard to find, retro styled Seiko 5 Sports Limited Edition Automatic watches that we have put up this time, only to help you acquire the rarities for less – as much as for another 10% less than what you would have ended up paying otherwise. The models SRPA87J1, SRPA89J1, SRPA91J1 and SRPA93J1 are completely Japan-made pieces while the K1 suffix denotes the Japanese components have been assembled outside Japan, but sticking to the same stringent guidelines. Check out with the Coupon Code: SALE10 and see the price getting reduced instantly by another 10% on the regular discount.

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Newsletter : Swatch Watches On Sale – Additional 10% discount code inside!!!

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Timekeeping devices that shift from the traditional way the world views at Swiss, the Swatch brand is iconic and features over 600 products, the best of which you’ll find here at this Swatch Watches Sale. The virtually endless variety Includes pieces for both men and women in diverse colors and designs, along with an additional 10% discount on the regular prices, when you use the Coupon Code: SWATCH! Make the bright color palette your own; the fun comes complementary.

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Invicta Grand Diver: Upgrade from the Pro

Is the Grand Diver a new offering from Invicta? Of late, many of the blog’s followers have asked this question and blame my laze for not getting to answer the query any sooner.

The Grand Diver, to be specific, is a twist to the Pro Diver tale; they are apparently the oversized version of the Pro Divers – the submariner homage timepieces from the brand. The Grand Divers are also a choice for anyone looking toward purchasing their first, BIG automatic dive watch on a budget.

Watch out, though! The Grand Diver isn’t as diverse as the Pro- range; there are lesser variations in terms of color. Move to the Generation II Grand Diver if you are looking for something yet superior to the Grand Divers; Invicta retains the original design but with a more modern take, which makes the second generation Grand Diver watches – in a single word – HOT!

The Grand Diver series has used for the first time materials others never thought was possible. Lava-rock dials, for example, are not something you come across in watches every day. It’s the nuances of such materials that take center stage in the Grand Divers, making them cool pieces or hot; depending on how one looks at it.

But then again, the Grand Diver exceeds the Pro Diver in many aspects; from the case to the water resistance rating with the extra tall divers’ bezel with surprisingly good actions, providing 120 clicks per rotation.

The Grand Divers come with the low-cost, reliable workhorse NH35A Japanese automatic movement, which is built by Seiko. It is a 24 jewel movement with a 41 hour power reserve, beating at 21,600 vph. It is hack-able, can be wound manually and comprises a bi-directional winding rotor, finished in Invicta Yellow and thus, bringing a uniformity across the line. The NH35A never gains or lags beyond 5 seconds a day, which is surprising for such a low cost movement.

The bracelets of the Grand Diver come with three-piece, solid end links with the divers’ helmet etched on them. The outer links sport a brushed pattern and flank the polished center links, unless it is a black PVD coated one. They are strikingly different from the hollow folded links that we see so often on other watches within this price range.

For the lume, it’s Invicta’s Tritnite once again and not the Super Luminova; still, it is more than decent in terms of brightness and duration. Super Luminova is brighter, though.

Comparing between the Pro and the Grand, it can be said that the latter is a more successful blend of clever, oversized divers watch designs than being just a submariner-style watch and is a welcome change that’s more in balance with the urban side of life.

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Newsletter : Orient Watches on Sale – Additional 8% Discount Coupon Code Inside!!!

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Up for grab are a collection of bold, fun and exciting Orient watches at a 8% additional discount on the regular prices that are offered at Creation Watches. Apply the Coupon Code: ORIENT; doesn’t matter if you are eyeing a chunky piece, a square one or a super slim piece. All of them are equally svelte, stunning and classy, with the Japanese watch-making expertise backing them all up. From the Star to the Mako, it is your golden chance to lay your hands on a vast range of masterpieces for a price that doesn’t bite!

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Newsletter : Vintage Boom Again – Seiko “Turtle” Prospex Diver’s watches on Sale Discount Coupon inside!!!

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The Seiko Turtle is an accessible yet substantial watch but without the need for deep pockets. It gets even cheaper with an additional 10% above half the actual price. Use Coupon Code: TURTLE on specific models; the Japan made models are the SRP773J1, SRP775J1, SRP777J1 and SRP779J1. Other models that enjoy this benefit are the SRP773K1, SRP775K1 and SRP779K1. The Prospex Turtle is homage to all those Seiko Diver watches that have been proven adequate in field.

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Newsletter: Seiko Kinetic Watches On Sale – Additional 10% discount code inside!!!

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Seiko’s recent releases brought some fantastic Kinetic watches at a very affordable price range. From simple to striking, it’s all in this array of collections, fully equipped to suit a broad range of particularly diverse tastes. Achieve several creative and technical revelations, discover and accomplish masterful engineering and its composition. Offered at a price lowered by another 10% on the stated discounted price with Coupon Code: SKINETIC, this sale will find only the lucky guys to go home smiling!

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Newsletter : Mid-Year Clearance Sale is now on – 10% Discount Coupon Inside!!

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Trend is what we all love being at par with. So here seeps in every bit of it. Don them with your own personal style while staying within the current trend. In parallel to some exclusive women’s watches, we bring you some of the tops from the world of horology; some with special advantages. This is where your shopping frenzy will be satiated best. From penny-pinchers to spendthrifts, the additional 10% discount on the already slashed prices use Coupon Code: CLEAR will come useful to all!

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Newsletter : Seiko Solar Chronograph Diver’s Watches on Sale – Coupon Code Inside!!

 

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From reliability to style to rock-hard durability, the Seiko Solar Chronograph Diver’s watches demonstrate the brand’s prowess in creating irresistible, light-powered dive watches that are impossible to be mistaken for any other. Creationwatches bring you a fabulous chance to make the best of the breed your own at an extra 8% price cut on the regular discounts. All you need is to use the Coupon Code: SALE8 before checking out with your pick. Applies to the model numbers SSC015P1, SSC017P1, SSC019P1 and SSC021P1!

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Presage Cocktail Time: First step to the Grand Seiko

Some seven years back, Seiko thought about creating something different from the sports divers that’s equally extraordinary and would give them a different identity while sticking to the same price range. The result was a series of mechanical watches that embodied the glamour of the cocktail bars. The sad part is, Seiko made them available only to the Japan domestic market.

Just like a good man, you can never keep a good thing down. It didn’t take long for the worldwide watch community to become aware of these marvelous little pieces designed especially for the Japanese market. Huge demands started showing up over the blogs and forums; these were mostly from die-hard Seiko fans at first. Presage indeed showed what was to come.

Today’s Presage collection is based on the Seiko Mechanical Cocktail Time Watch and became a global success within a year after their launch at Baselworld 2016. Whether it’s the diversity of designs or the wide range of calibers (4R, 6R and 8R), any Seiko Presage is an outstanding value for money. The collection brings together most of the important advancements Seiko made in mechanical watch making; some of which are the Magic Lever, the Spron alloys and the Diashock system. All the more, Presages are entirely in-house manufactured; so that’s another point it scores above the low and mid-tier Swiss watches.

The new collection comprise a total of eight models, of which, the SRPB44J1, the SSA346J1 and the SRPB46J1 are pivotal; around which, the rest of the designs (SRPB43J1, SSA341J1, SSA343J1, SARX019 and the SARX029) revolve. Each of these designs is inspired by a different cocktail and showcase the same subtle shimmer present in the original model, enhanced further by multiple layers of gloss finish. The cases have a slimmer profile; the crystals curved along the sides and the hands too bend near the edge of the dial to keep up with the domed crystals. The crowns are big, solid and fluted with a unique shape; turn one and you can feel a strong torque coming from the winding mechanism.

The new models share a lot of similarity with the previous ones, the chief differences being mostly to the insides. The SPRON510 – the mainspring material for the caliber 6R15 provides the 50-hour power reserve while for the 4R35, it is the SPRON110, storing 41 hours of power. Accuracy varies between -15/+25 sec/day to -35/+45 sec/day respectively while in terms of thickness; the 4R35 is slimmer than the 4R57, which goes into the Seiko Presage SSA series.

To cut the long story short, the new cocktails can highly be regarded as the initial steps towards wearing the higher-end Grand Seiko and are a suitable alternative to low and mid tier Swiss watches.

 

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Newsletter : J.Springs Watches on sale – Additional 10% discount code inside!!!

 

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Desirably accurate, the J Springs timepieces from the house of Seiko become all the more affordable due to an extra 10% discount applied on the regular prices at Creationwatches! Just use the Coupon Code: JSPRINGS to ensure the same quality and efficiency at a lesser price. Sporty or casual, elegant and classic the price slash also apply for the very basic models. Age groups and genders are no bar; there is at least one J Springs design that is going to suit even the most fashionable and stylish of all!

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Newsletter : Daniel Wellington Watches On Sale – Additional 8% Discount Code Inside!!

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Iconic! That one word is sufficient to key out the Daniel Wellington watches in their class. Built upon a timeless style defying the tides of fashion, Daniel Wellington makes the least pretentious timepieces for an impeccably peppy yet formal dressing. If your habit of wearing vintages didn’t let you travel too far in the horological universe, our additional 8% discount on the slashed prices use Coupon Code: DWELLINGTON will take you up a notch in the formal circles.

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Newsletter: Seiko 5 Automatic SNZG Series Watches On Sale – Coupon Code Inside!!

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The sturdy and affordable mechanical range from Seiko gets the spotlight again! The Seiko 5 Sports Automatic SNZG Series watches are on sale once more; with an additional 8% discount when you use the Coupon Code: SNZG8 with every purchase of the SNGZ watches. These are for them who prefer mid-sized to larger watches without unwanted frills or surprises. Both the Japanese (J1) and Malaysian versions (K1) of the model numbers SNZG07, SNZG09, SNZG11, SNZG13, SNZG15 and SNZG17K1.

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Newsletter : Popular Seiko and Casio Watches back in stock!!

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We have some extremely popular Seiko And Casio watches back in stock after a long time. We get many questions about products that got sold out formerly and we keep constant watch on those desired and asked for. It fills up the void. We found many who missed out on previous models and appreciate the Back in Stock option as a means to get their hands on one. Back in Stock consistently demonstrates our attempt to keep the classics coming back. Our customers too! And a whole new slew of watch lovers along with them.

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Revisiting Co-Axial: Getting rid of a dilemma (Part II)

Hello, my good folks, how have you been? Had been too easygoing the past few weeks; it’s the penning down of the rest of the co-axial instalment took the toll. It’s time to put right things that went awry.

In our previous instalment, we overlooked the issues Omega faced with the first coaxial movements. Truth is: The Calibre 2500A had some critical problems that were corrected later. It was because of the very tight tolerances; a slight shift in the escapement and it was enough to bring everything to a halt. It occurred whenever a watch contain the movement faced a shock.

The inside story was the pallet fork shifting. To take care of the problem, Omega came out with the Calibre 2500B; the ‘A’ series thus became collectibles. In the ‘B’ movements, Omega built a tougher pallet bridge, which was the most important of all other changes.

To cut the long story short (it’s midweek; so it’s normal for all to avoid lengthy talks), the recent calibres come with a new shock system that stops the balance wheel from moving sideways under shocks; credits go to the impulse jewels on the balance. The coaxial wheel, thus, passes by the impulse jewel when an unaccounted shift occurs. This helps the wheel to dodge the impulse and preventing the watch from stopping.

This has also made possible to time the coaxial watches with a conventional timing machine, albeit wrong amplitude readings if it’s not from Witschi. In that case, the timing will be done with aid from special programs created exclusively for coaxial escapements.

IMHO, Omega has succeeded fully to make the coaxial movements reliable, but as their very nature suggests, they’ll keep on bringing further improvements through the years to come.

Those who are planning to toy around with their co-axials a bit, it’s important for them to remember that reversing the travel of the balance wheel in the middle of the escapement action is going to spell M-A-Y-H-E-M! The Swiss-lever escapement doesn’t have this problem; with the co-axial, it will damage the pallet stones.

Lastly, where do you find the coaxial escapement installed? Practically, in every mechanical automatic Omega is coming out with nowadays. Instead of using the ETA 2892 as the base calibre (as in 2500A, B, and C); they have used the Valjoux 7750 in the calibres 2627 and 2628 and also in 3313, which is a chronograph calibre. They also used it for calibre 3888, which went into an Olympic edition model and was introduced at Beijing; also in the new double-barrel calibres 8500 (for men) and calibre 8520 (for ladies) and in the calibre 8601, which comes with an annual calendar.

So Omega now mass-produces the coaxial escapement and these minor but intelligent improvements, which every technically-endowed person is going to love working upon.

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Newsletter: Father’s Day Sale on Watches – Additional 10% discount code inside!!!

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With Father’s Day just round the corner, Creation Watches brings hard to believe deals on the most dad-centric of all things – WATCHES! For those who are determined to gift their respective dads with the most perfect of presents, avail the Coupon Code: DADDY to save an extra 10% on the already discounted price on 100 Selected Men’s Watches. From the latest in tech-oriented watches to the most elegant of automatics and a broad range of exotics, there’s absolutely no chance for you to return empty-handed or settle for an alternative.

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Newsletter: Invicta Watches On Sale: 8% Discount Coupon Inside!!

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Ingenious and spirited, the Invicta watch sale returns! The Invicta brand sets great expressions by balancing technicalities with aesthetics well within such restrained price points, making them a classy, swish, upper-class cluster of functional accessory. We thought about it and made it sure you get the same at an additional 8% slash on the already discounted price. Grab the models that you missed the last time this sale was on. The Coupon Code: INVICTA8 applies.

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Newsletter: Michael Kors Watches On Sale: Up to 60% off with Free Worldwide Shipping!

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The perfect style for any occasion got even cheaper! With an additional 8% discount on the regular Michael Kors watch prices, you can go whole hog on the models that enticed you so far. Just use the Coupon Code: MKORS to grab all the MK models you had in mind so far, at further reduced prices. So be it the Bradshaw or the Mini Slim Runway, our huge range of MK watches for men and women is going to keep you in style for a long time!

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Newsletter: Stuhrling Original Watches on Sale! Additional 10% discount code inside!!!

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The Stuhrling Original Watches capture the true flavours of styles ranging from the dressiest to the sportiest that fit into anywhere from the beachside resorts to the boardrooms. Creation Watches have always brought this vast range of fabulous Swiss-made wrist-wears at your fingertips but this time, we bring them to you even cheaper than before. At an additional 5% price slash when you use the Coupon Code: STUHRLING. you are bound to go whole hog on the latest as well as some hard-to-find models along with a plethora of traditional favourites that are always be in demand!

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Revisiting Co-Axial: Getting rid of a dilemma (Part I)

Often we face questions about whether Co-Axial signifies a specific type of movement or if it is some specific grade applied to the Omega calibres. Since it’s been quite some time we discussed it last, I wish to go back over the whole thing to clear the confusion once and for all.

Firstly, Co-Axial is not an invention by Omega. It has an English origin; credits go to Dr. George Daniels for creating this escapement mechanism that by and large beats the traditional Swiss lever escapement from several aspects. Now, there’s also something called the Extra Flat Co-Axial Escapement, but for the time being, we’ll keep it out of this discussion.

So the theory goes like this:

The co-axial escapement has 3 jewels adorning the pallet fork while the balance wheel has one. The role they play is entirely different than in the Swiss lever escapement mechanism. In the SLE, the jewels on the pallet fork, firstly, receive impulses from the escape wheel; next, they lock the gear train to receive the next impulse after the balance returns to unlock it.

The co-axial escapement, on the other hand, separates these roles. Here, two jewels receive impulses and the other two perform the locking action. But this is not what Dr. Daniels wanted to do but rather, a side effect of his achievement. However, let us lay down the differences by points, which will further facilitate the understanding of how the two work.

  • Swiss Lever Escapement: The impulse from the mainspring to the balance wheel travels via the pallet fork as the escape wheel slides across the jewel’s impulse face. The escape wheel tooth then move towards the direction of the tangentially applied force to its circumference, moving the pallet fork away almost to 90o to the force. This results in the least efficient transmission of the force.
  • Coaxial escapement: In this case, the coaxial wheel delivers the impulse radially to the pallet fork. The impulse jewel receives the impulse and moves in the same direction, which helps it to receive almost the entire energy produced while minimising the sliding action drastically. The impulse is received in the opposite direction, directly by the impulse jewel that stays attached to the balance.

Okay, most of the readers won’t find the engineering a very alluring subject to go ga-ga over; what they want to know is how it is going to benefit them. So here we go:

  1. In the coaxial escapement, the lack of sliding action removes the need for lubrication.
  2. No lubrication on the impulse jewels means there are no chances of breaking down of the lubricant, which otherwise affects precision. More consistently accurate timekeeping, that means.
  3. Longer service intervals.
  4. Special synthetic lubricants on the locking jewels have longer life. But, these lubricants function more as cushioning agents for the locking action.

Surely, you won’t get the softer and springier gold alloy today that Dr. Daniels actually used in his creation, but the steel used by Omega is a better shock absorber that has zero need for a hydraulic cushion. That means, you really don’t need to bother about if your watch’s service is due.

Our next instalment will discuss the types of the Co-Axial movement; till then, this much will do.

 

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