Seiko releases 4 new 1/100th second solar chronographs

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Seiko has released four new solar Speedtimer chronographs in their Prospex range. All four watches use a new calibre, the 8A50, which can time down to one hundredth of a second.

The watches have an unusual dial layout, with 4 subdials instead of a main dial and 3 subdials. A large, time of day subdial sits at 6 o’clock, with a seconds counter at 12. The 1/100th of a second subdial is at 2 and there is a 1/10th of a second subdial at 10. When the stopwatch function is activated, the six o’clock dial changes to a sixty minute counter and the hour hand hides under the minute hand.

The SFJ001 is a stainless steel case and bracelet with a panda style dial while the SFJ003 has an all dark dial. The SFJ005 is a tribute to the first analog quartz chronograph, which was released 40 years ago in 1983. It also features reddish-orange hands and a dial that harkens back to the first 1/100th of a second quartz chronograph from 1992.

The final watch celebrates the 18th year that Seiko will be official timekeeper of the World Athletics Championships, which will be held this year in Budapest, Hungary.

All four are stainless steel with a curved sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating, 10 bar water-resistance and 4,800 A/m of magnetic resistance. They’re 42mm in diameter and 12.9mm thick.

For more information, check out the product page on Seiko’s website.

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