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The Japanese watchmaking brand has recently introduced yet another member of its line of accurate and not particularly expensive pilot watches. Called Seiko Solar Pilot Alarm Chronograph (ref. SSC009), the new timekeeper offers a loud alarm, a Breitling-style slide rule, as well as a 60-minute chronograph accurate up to 1/5th of a second. Basically, the dial of the new chronograph replicates layouts of other “flight computers” that were presented by Seiko in the recent years. The reason is simple: the new model is, too, powered by their own Seiko Caliber V172 quartz movement. Belonging to an infamous family of “jewelless” calibers, the mechanism is often perceived to be of the “throw-away” kind, but that doesn’t mean that its ability to keep good time is somehow inferior to that of a tad more expensive mechanisms that feature whole five or six stones that often provide support for parts cast of cheap plastic. As you can see on the photo, the new Seiko Solar Pilot Chronograph sports a traditional alarm sub-dial, a small seconds indicator, as well as a 60-minute chronograph counter that are placed at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock respectively. At 9 o’clock, there is a standard date aperture. It must be noted that the date window is traditionally quite small and it may be difficult to read for persons with poor eyesight. There is also an opening for a built-in solar cell there (somewhere,) but you won’t be able to see it since the black dial of the watch is practically non-transparent. Frankly speaking, I have no idea how the Japanese engineers managed to create a solar-powered watch that has no visible photovoltaic panel, however tiny it is. See these links to know more about this watch; https://www.ebay.com/itm/Seiko-Prospex-V172-0AC0-Sky-Professional-Solar-Authentic-Mens-Watch-Works-/223509123820 ; https://www.worldwatchreview.com/2011/10/16/seiko-solar-pilot-alarm-chronograph/ and https://www.ebay.com/itm/Seiko-Chronograph-V172-0AC0-Alarm-Chronograph-Solar-Authentic-Mens-Watch-Works-/223275292770
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