A Space-Inspired Watch That's Strengthened By A Sapphire Dome

A Space-Inspired Watch That's Strengthened by a Sapphire Dome

As a follow-up to its original Astron watch that used a low-power GPS chip to automatically set the time based on wherever in the world it was, Seiko's new Stratosphere version features mostly aesthetic upgrades. But that doesn't mean anyone with the original model won't want to upgrade.

The most remarkable feature of the new Stratosphere is a domed sapphire crystal that covers the watch's face all the way to the edge of its silicon band. Because sapphire's hardness is second only to diamonds, each dome requires more than 10 hours of polishing to achieve its crystal-clear finish.

And when viewed at the right angle, the soft glow of the watch face's luminous paint makes it seem as if you're actually at the edge of space staring through the Earth's atmosphere — hence the name Stratosphere. As far as premium watches go the Astron Stratosphere's $US2600 price tag is cheap. And compared to what it would cost you to actually go into space for this view, it's a downright bargain. [Seiko via Acquire]

A Space-Inspired Watch That's Strengthened by a Sapphire Dome

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    The most remarkable feature of the new Stratosphere is a domed sapphire crystal that covers the watch’s face all the way to the edge
    Sapphire crystal is a pretty standard material for watch faces in watches that cost a few hundred+. Or is it the domed part that's remarkable? Not trying to be all uppity or anything, but yeah, pretty standard.
    The glow is pretty cool though, but I wouldn't pay $2600 for it, especially with a silicon band.

      It would be because it is domed. That is very hard to archive.

    Yeah the Sapphire crystal face isn't that special at all. My Tissot watch has one and its not even one of their overly expensive models either, cost a few hundred bucks.

    $2600 for a watch with a silicon band, a face that's standard in good watches and a GPS chip. Cool concept but not worth that price tag at all.

    I received a Casio fishing watch as a gift that has a sapphire glass dome and the thing is near scratch proof, i have accidentally scraped it on the edge of a brick wall and not a single scratch on the glass.

    I think the watch retailed at (at the time) about $150, this is a cool watch but a sapphire dome is not really that special on watches.

    I had a dome watch and it was 100% more prone to scratches as its the first thing to make contact with a wall etc. It was glass though so maybe thats also the issue.

      Yeah, I think you missed the point about sapphire being an incredibly hard substance.

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