Seiko’s Spring Drive Spacewalk Commemorative Edition was named the Sports Watch of the Year at the 2010 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. This accolade is the most prestigious yet awarded to Seiko’s unique Spring Drive technology. The Spacewalk was taken into space by Richard Garriott and worn during his stay onboard the International Space Station in 2008.
In accepting the award on behalf of the President & CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation, Mr. Shinji Hattori, Shu Yoshino, General Manager of Public Relations & Advertising, described the watch:
“This is the only watch in the world designed from scratch to be worn during a spacewalk. It is a watch that brings mankind a step closer to the stars as its hands glide across the dial, plotting time with no ‘tick’, in perfect harmony with the eternal motion of the planets. I thank you sincerely for this award which will be the pride of the entire Seiko family.”
Along with the winners in all the other categories, the Seiko Spring Drive Spacewalk watch will be displayed to the public at the Salon Belles Montres from November 26 to 28 in Paris.
This is Seiko’s second win at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie. In 2006, Seiko’s first generation of E-Ink watch won the prize as the Electronic Watch of the Year.