The Astron is a tremendously important and innovative watch for Seiko – it takes its name from the first quartz wristwatch, developed by the brand in 1969. The orginal Astron was a major milestone, not just in watchmaking, but in the history of electrical engineering.
To back up a bit, I wanted to make a sportier rendition of my Ka La ("The Sun" in Hawaiian) watches with a high-legibility set of hands and dial along with a high-security strap system. Many of you are no doubt familiar with so called NATO straps (actually the British MOD G10 specification, but commonly called "NATO" straps). With a strap under a watch's case back, if a single spring bar were to break, the watch might flop around on your wrist, but it would not go missing in action with a NATO strap.
Water-resistant to 200m, the Black Bay Bronze is the perfect choice for confirmed divers, novice seafarers or aquaphobic landlubbers with a penchant for originality and style, making it our top choice for the Best Sports Watch of the year 2016.