Timing is everything, especially in the "Star Wars" saga. For example, had Han Solo missed that critical shot on the TIE fighter in the trenches of the Rebel assault on the first Death Star, Luke Skywalker would have been toast -- and so would the rebellion against the Empire.
On October 12, Japanese watchmaker Seiko commemorates "Star Wars" in a new collection of themed watches with a collective run of only 5,000 pieces. Six popular characters from the movies each get their own model: Darth Vader, Darth Maul, C-3PO, R2-D2, Yoda, and the lemming-like Stormtrooper.
Unlike most gaudy "Star Wars" products out there, these watches could actually pass as respectable fashion accessories at first glance while tickling the fancy of any geek upon further inspection. The rear of each watch contains an artistic etching of the featured character, and several versions (C-3PO and Stormtrooper) feature transparent backs that reveal the innards of the timepiece.
Crave admires many things about these sci-fi tickers, including the brilliant shades of green found in the face of the Yoda version (not to mention the neat Dagobah planet on the back), the minimalistic white design along with the Imperial logo on the Stormtrooper piece, and the keen R2-D2 digital watch.
Pricing varies, but most of these watches start with a suggested price of 136,500 yen ($1,756) -- the Vader costs a little more and the R2-D2 costs a little less than that. However, it appears that Amazon Japan discounted up to $500 off many of the "Star Wars" timepieces. Seiko did not mention if the product would come to the U.S. or not.