In space no one can hear you scream, but you might well hear some screams of delight in Seiko boutiques in Japan. They have relaunched the Giugiaro 7A28-7000 watch made famous way back in 1986 as the timepiece actress Sigourney Weaver wore in her role as Ellen Ripley in James Cameron's movie Aliens,a sequel to the original Aliendirected by Ridley Scott in 1979. The re-launched version of the watch is grandiosely named Seiko X Giugiaro Design Spirit Smart, and there are limited editions of two models, the Seiko Spirit Smart SCED035 in gray and the SCED037 in black.

The original watch was designed by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1983 and has a unique design with its blocky panel and chronograph buttons to the right of the watch. It is apparently the first watch ever to use an analog quartz chronograph movement. The watch successfully interpreted the futuristic theme of the movie.



The new Seiko X Giugiaro watches are not quite identical to the 7A28-7000. The relaunch version has a cleaner look compared to the original. The new limited edition Giugiaro lack the extra pusher and crown on the left of the case. This new design is to prevent accidental button presses. The bracelets however remain the same as the original version.

The new version of Seiko Giugiaro is 42.2 mm wide by 41.8 mm long and 10.8 mm thick. The case is in coated steel and comes in two colors: the matte gray and the matte black. Water resistant to 100 meters, the watch has 5 years of battery life. It also features a 24 hour hand and a stopwatch function.



Seiko X Giugiaro watches will run on the newer caliber 7T12 analog quartz chronograph movement, while the original version is powered by the 7A28 movement with the more traditional subdials, minus the date indicator window, and more functional chronograph.



The SCED035 and SCED037 are each limited to 3,000 pieces and priced at $260 and $290respectively

Meanwhile, the original version of the Seiko 7A28-7000, released back in 1983, isn’t too hard to find these days. They can appear on eBay for around $1000, but are rarely in perfect condition. The original watch was shown on Watchuseek in all its glory in several movie stills way back in November 2011 , and it would be nice to think this is the post that inspired Seiko to push the chronograph button, so to speak, on the relaunch.

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