The new 2023 Honda Civic Type R wants no introduction to automobile of us, since each Honda fanatic with an web connection has been following the sluggish tease (and detail-poor reveal) of the most recent model of the long-lasting automobile for months now. Whereas many people are simply Kind R-curious, the really diehard Kind R otaku will know rather a lot concerning the Japanese-market-only fashions that predated the CTR arriving on our shores. For these super-fans, one thing like these limited-edition Seiko Astron watches will praise and maybe even improve their enthusiasm for the upcoming scorching hatchback.
Just like the Kind R itself, the Seiko Astron watches are principally top-of-the-line fashions, each sporty and feature-rich. These explicit Astrons characteristic the Cal. 8B92 motion, which options photo voltaic charging (no battery modifications) and time/date synchronization with radio time alerts—not GPS synchronization, as within the highest-tier Astrons. However essentially, these are all of the form of includes a high-end watch purchaser in Japan desires: distinctive accuracy and a watch you do not have to fiddle a lot with (if in any respect) regularly.
There are two fashions within the CTR line, each sporting titanium instances and bracelets in an roughly 41mm diameter. The SBXY045 is a Diamond Protect coated mannequin with purple accents (together with a red-framed subdial and interior bezel ring), Kind R branding on the caseback and crown, and a carbon-fiber-look black dial. The SBXY047 is analogous, with a black-coated case. The knurled pushers are a pleasant contact, with a sport pedal vibe. Every are restricted to 300 copies and are available particular packaging with numerous extras, together with an additional artificial suede strap.
This all comes at a value. At right now’s trade charges, the retail price of these two pieces is about $1,679. In the meanwhile, it appears they’re solely out there in Japan, though there are retailers focusing on importing JDM items that could possibly help consumers.
This is not Seiko’s first rodeo with Honda. Take, for instance, the particular Honda F1-themed 7A28 chronographs from the early ’90s—you understand, when Ayrton Senna dominated with Honda-powered McLarens. Or the ultra-funky Sportura fashions from the 2000s. Or, extra not too long ago, a Honda E-themed Astron restricted version—which was truly significantly dearer than these Kind R fashions, using the higher-end 5X53 caliber GPS motion, at $5,100!