Tuesday, 18 September 2012

GSX Smart No.7 S.T.A.R.S

The title of this watch may have caught some interest from fans of the Resident Evil (Biohazard) games or movies.

S.T.A.R.S stands for Special Tactics And Rescue Service, who are an elite division of the Raccoon City Police Department formed in 1996 to fight terrorism and violent crime. In 1998, they started investigating what turned out to be an organisation responsible for the release of a virus which caused zombies to roam the land.

The watch is a limited edition by GSX as part of their Smart range of watches. This one is Smart No.7 and is a model GSX216, and it was produced by Noritaka Ishida, and designed by Kaori Terashima.

It has the S.T.A.R.S logo and name on the face of the watch, and the meaning on the back. It had a limited release of 1998 copies (to mark the year S.T.A.R.S was formed). The stars logo, yellow hour markers, and hands all glow in the dark. It also states that the watch was 'Made in Raccoon City USA', but I think it was more likely made in China or Japan ;-). The box it came in is also special and has the Biohazard and Umbrella Corporation symbols on.

The watch itself is a 3-hand dial quartz watch with date marker at the 3 o'clock position. It has a chronograph function using 3 small dials on the face. The chronograph dials are min (up to 60), seconds (up to 60), and 1/10 sec (with 2 seconds per rotation). It uses a VD57 (maybe V057 as the text is difficult to read), and has a 2 year battery life.

It's original sale price was 12,600 yen.

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