Seiko and Novak Djokovic have shared a very long and loving partnership since 2014. Both have enjoyed each others success with the former being one of the most popular watch brands of the world and the latter cemented himself as one of the greatest players in tennis history. To honour this long-standing partnership and Djokovic's 2019 success of winning the Australia Open and Wimbledon as well three other tournaments, one of which was his first in Japan, Seiko releases the new Astron GPS Solar designed in the colours of the flags of both Djokovic's and Seiko's home countries. The new timepiece is also a testament of the partnership shared by the brand the tennis player.
The colourful dial houses and array of design and colour elements that is inspired by both the flags. It includes the colour red and white (a colour common to both the flags) that are featured in the minute details of the watch like the red tip of the white central seconds hand and the red numerals on the white UTC indicator ring (+1 for Serbia, +9 for Japan) etc.The colour blue (central to the Serbian flag and denotes “victory” in Japanese) has a very strong presence throughout the watch with the dial and outer bezel featuring the same colour. Additionally one can also notice the use of gold tone sprinkled across the dial from the dual-time subdial at 6 o'clock to the AM/PM indicator for the second time zone adjacent to the 6 o’clock subdial.
The 42mm stainless steel case has a water resistance upto 100 meters and features a solid caseback with a Novak Djokovic signature and the number of its limited edition. Inside the case lies the 5X53 movement that is stated to be the best ever GPS Solar Calibre ever created. It connects up to twice a day to the GPS network ensuring immediate updates and maintaining continuous precision.
Limited to just 1500 pieces, the watch is available in a three-link steel bracelet and is priced at an approximate INR 2.05 lakh.