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2022 Glashütte Original SeaQ

When it comes to German watchmaking, there are not many brands that can create excellent dress watches like Glashutte Original SeaQ. With over a hundred years of watchmaking experience, Glashutte Original continuously creates timepieces that exhibit high quality and unparalleled craftsmanship. This brand is most commonly associated with the elegant, classic models from its Senator and Pano series.

While the models in those collections are all impressive in their own right, Glashutte Original SeaQ also has a hand in making versatile dive watches. If you are searching for a stunning modern diver with vintage looks and a reliable movement, have a look at this nifty Spezialist watch – the Glashutte Original SeaQ. Join us on the ride as we check out the specifications of this remarkable German-made dive watch and everything it has to offer.
The Glashutte Original SeaQ is an interesting and unique entrant into the dive watch category. While it may not currently have the history or the following of the Rolex Submariner, it is a nice option at a time where Rolex dive watches are not readily available. In many ways the SeaQ surpasses the Submariner in quality of build.
I was lucky that Glashütte sent me a two-tone SeaQ on nylon strap to wear and review for a week. While I am generally not a huge fan of two-tone watches, the SeaQ offers a toned down two-tone that only displays hints of gold around the bezel and the crown. In my view, the two-tone SeaQ represents one of the best two-tone watches available on the market.

In the stainless steel case, you can really see Glashütte’s attention to detail. While most of the case is brushed, there are polished lines across the edges that add a little bit more sophistication to the piece.
The SeaQ is a 39.5mm watch that wears a little bit smaller. This is due to the lack of crown guard and the slim case, which I prefer. Because of the slim case, definitely slimmer than a Submariner or Sea-Dweller, the SeaQ wears very comfortably and looks good on both larger and smaller wrists.

The blue sunburst dial on the two-tone model is stunning. It is no surprise that Glashütte blue dial offerings for both their two-tone and stainless steel options, given the popularity of the blue dials on the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711 (now discontinued) and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Refs. 15500 and 15202 (among other popular blue dial watches). It will be interesting to see how many buyers there are for a dive watch priced similarly to a Submariner or Sea-Dweller but without the decades of heritage. However, the build quality of the Glashutte Original SeaQ is just as high as Rolex’s dive offerings, make it a great choice for someone who does not have an established relationship with a Rolex AD or is unwilling to pay grey market prices.
Let us dive deep into a full-on analysis on the new Glashutte Original diver’s watch called the SeaQ Panorama Date.

Today we will be taking an up-close-and-personal look at a fantastic dive watch called the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date. It has some incredible features that make it worthy of a detailed review.

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Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is currently the premium option if you’re craving the squared-case and seventies-inspired Seventies collection. Slightly redesigned, finely improved and also offered in two exclusive limited series, including a vivid yellow-dialled model, the new Chronograph Panorama Date epitomizes the brand’s expertise in crafting rugged and refined integrated chronograph movements and works as its flagship in the fiercely-competitive luxury sports segment.
I like its design and believe it’s well-conceived; nonetheless, square cases are often polarizing. The TV Screen inspired case is smoothened, with rounded edges and pushbuttons; yet it’s quintessentially Saxon, as you can tell by the logo, the applied indexes, the font. It measures 40 x 40 mm and sports a 14-millimetre thickness, which proves as a constraint to many enthusiasts who’ll love to wrap a chronograph this refined around their tiny wrist.
By taking a quick look at the dial, you’ll spot all the main functions provided; at six o’clock is the signature Panorama Date; alone, it is a statement that this is a Saxon-made luxury timepiece and a feature you won’t easily find elsewhere. The pleasant, well-organized layout includes three counters, despite looking like a two-register chronograph instead. At twelve, a tiny arch works as a 12-hour counter, while the two oversized central registers elapse, left to right, the running seconds, and the first 30 chronograph minutes. In the running seconds’ counter, you’ll spot the power reserve indicator. The only feature you won’t discover that quickly is the integrated Flyback function.
The blue dial is, as usual, manufactured in the Pforzheim headquarters; as with previous iterations, we’re familiar with the superior Glashütte Original Sixties collection’s craftsmanship, proved by several examples of their mastery in producing unique palettes and patterns. Overall, the execution is top-notch inside and out and flawless.
The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date mechanical movement is a close call to the most demanding and expert watch connoisseur. The 37-02 is an integrated chronograph with a Flyback function, a remarkable 70 hours power reserve, big date complication all encompassed with details and finishes you’ll hardly find in this class of products. The execution includes the Glashütte ribbon-finished bridges, a (fine) swan neck regulating system and a skeletonized rotor with oscillating weight crafted in solid 21-karat gold.
In this regard, the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is a class of its own and the only sports chronograph in this price range with such refinement and engineering. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the only letdown is its size; the brand design philosophy is about building solid and long-lasting calibres, which won’t usually come with ultra-slim mechanical movements.
The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date comes in three options; you can choose it with a nubuck leather strap, a more traditional Louisiana alligator leather, a rubber strap or, finally, a steel bracelet. Unfortunately, you’re not offered a quick-change strap; it’s not possible to swap from one to another at the push of a button.

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Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Stainless Steel Green

Glashütte Original’s sophistication meets nature in this SeaQ Panorama Date Green that suggests, through its livery of a sumptuous deep green, how fundamental it is. At a time like the present, when our thoughts turn to sadder subjects, Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Green seems to want to remind us how critical respect for the world around us is – and this timepiece, with its unique features, becomes a perfect testimonial of this mindset.
A watch that is made to withstand the most demanding tests yet exudes an innate elegance: this is the stylistic hallmark of the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Green. It offers a 300 meter water resistance, and a manufacture 36-13 movement, with 100 hours of power reserve, shown in all its beauty through the visible sapphire crystal case back – the perfect way to showcase the superbly finished Glashütte Original calibres.
The case of this Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Green is large, at 43.2 mm in diameter, but perfectly proportioned to ensure maximum readability, with white indicators, extremely evident thanks to a generous amount of SuperLuminova.

The dial is the most fascinating part of the timepiece and is basked in its deep green colour that seems to fade into black, with a depth effect that recalls a natural element: the ocean. However, it also proves to be surprisingly up-to-date in catching the eye of the beholder even in a meeting room downtown, thanks to the unusual and elegant solution of the Panorama Date placed at four o’clock.
Available with a rubber and fabric strap, or a steel bracelet, the watch is available from March 2022 at Glashütte Original retailers worldwide. If you like the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Green, you may also be interested in the stunning and unique Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph.

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Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date

The new Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Reed Green delivers more than your typical diver
The diver’s category, pun alert, is already saturated in the watch marketplace. Many of their design cues are quite fixed, as in order to be appealing, as well as meet the demands of the segment, they have to offer certain visual cues and functionality. But, leave it to the Germans to engineer a diver that delivers much of what we already love about a solid dive watch with distinct twists to separate it from the herd. Glashütte Original made headlines when they first introduced the SeaQ Panorama Date, bringing their signature Panorama Date window to a sports watch. Its smaller sibling, the SeaQ, has already been introduced in their attractive reed green shade. Today, the SeaQ Panorama Date joins in on the green party with the new Glashütte Original Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Reed Green. Divers are typically utility-driven in design, so it makes sense that Glashütte Original opted to primarily brush the stainless-steel case. The front of the case has a rich concentric brush, and the case flanks a linear brush, but a hint of polish is injected through the bevelled shoulders of the lugs. The geometry is quite faceted, with the lugs squared off and the case almost completely flat where the strap or bracelet meets the case. A contentious aspect of this collection, depending on your wrist size and preference, is its larger size. The SeaQ Panorama Date clocks in at 43.2mm in diameter, 15.65mm thick, so, for reference, it is a millimetre wider than an Omega Seamaster 300M and around two millimetres thicker. But, the SeaQ Panorama Date carries a lug-to-lug of 51.5mm, 1.5mm more than the Seamaster, so as far as a 43.2mm watch goes it remans rather reasonable across the wrist. My wrist is not much more than 6 inches in circumference, and I consider 50mm to be my personal upper limit, so the reality is that the average wrist can comfortably sport this 300m water-resistant diver, with a screw-down crown I should add, without issue. Framing the dial is a well-knurled and ceramic inlaid bezel, with a full timing scale, that detents every half-minute in its uni-directional rotation. Visually speaking, the dial of the SeaQ Panorama Date stands out from other divers we see with large and legible alternating applied Arabic numerals that sandwich applied indices. But this is nothing new to the brand. In fact, when you look at the original Spezimatic diver from 1969 that it was inspired by, the case profile and dial aesthetic is largely the same. I am not accusing the brand of a boring rehash, but rather it is an intriguing revitalisation of a distinguished design that is decades old. It is a testament to their German sensibilities, and their efforts to not simply reproduce what their Swiss counterparts create. Now, green has received a lot of airtime over the past year or so. So if a brand is going to go green, it has to be executed just right to stand out. Their reed green shade, in my opinion, delivers one of the best green hues you can find – not too bright, nor too dark. I also enjoy its matte and grained lacquered finish, which will limit the amount of reflection the dial gives off – maintaining a high degree of legibility a diver deserves. Nonetheless, it remains dynamic – darkening and brightening depending on the light and angle. A final note on the subject of legibility, you will be glad to know that each of the applied indicators and central hands are filled with SuperLuminova to ensure visibility in darkness. There is one final aspect I have yet to touch on though, and it is the most distinguished element of the watch: the date complication. Situated at the 4:30 position is Glashütte Original’s signature Panorama Date window, which utilizes two discs to convey the digits of the calendar date. On the 10th, 20th, and 30th (if applicable) day of the month, it is extremely satisfying to watch both discs flip over. And, better yet, the discs are white on green, so they perfectly blend into the dial.
The Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Reed Green, like its predecessors, is offered on a variety of strap options. At your disposal, you have a stainless-steel bracelet, khaki-grey synthetic fabric strap, and green tropical rubber strap to choose from. Compared to its case, the steel bracelet dresses things up a bit through mixed finishes on its three-piece links. The broader central link is mirror polished, while the narrower shouldering links have a rich vertical brush. As for the strap options, each, the synthetic and rubber, have two clasp configurations. Depending on your preference, you can opt for a standard pin/buckle system or a deployant folding clasp.
Arguably the most appealing aspect of the SeaQ Panorama Date is the fact you can see the in-house automatic calibre 36-13 beneath its exhibition caseback, because it is very easy on the eyes. As a German watch, you are treated to traditional German movement design. A 3/4 bridge plate covers the majority of the components beneath it, but utilisation of this traditional German architecture aids in protecting the movement from shock and it does boast nicely applied striping and thin bevels to its outer edges. Some would prefer a full balance bridge, in favour of the traditional balance cock, but all is forgiven considering it is exquisitely black-polished – and that is not all in terms of high-end finishing. Its screws are polished and fired blue, the main plate circularly grained, and its openworked rotor carries a 21k gold mass. While traditionally executed and wonderfully finished, it is also quite rugged too. The calibre is “bayonet mounted” into the case, anchoring it to afford greater shock-resistance for the movement and it is adjusted in six positions to ensure greater accuracy and timing over the course of wear. The escapement also utilizes a silicon hairspring, so it is a highly anti-magnetic calibre as well. Now you may be wondering how long this beaut of a calibre can run. The answer: it has a power reserve of 100 hours. So, yeah, *mic-drop*.

The moral of the story: if you can get past its size and thickness, the SeaQ Panorama Date Reed Green diver is a distinct, exciting, and visually attractive way to join in on thus rather saturated colour trend and category.

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Glashuette Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar

Glashuette Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar has unveiled the new Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar with a rose opaline dial.

Limited to 100 pieces, it comes on a dark blue leather strap and is powered by a hand-crafted, finely finished automatic movement from the renowned Saxon manufactory.
The galvanic rose opaline dial is crafted and decorated in an elaborate process with numerous individual steps.

All calendar indications are precisely tailored to suit the various lengths of the months, lending the watch a new look day after day and thanks to its mechanical memory, Glashütte Original‘s Perpetual Calendar won’t need to be reset until the year 2100.

The transparent sapphire crystal case back offers a clear view of the finishing of the automatic movement, its skeletonized rotor and skeletonized Double-G, which renders the rotor even more delicate.

The priority governing development of this movement was to maximise user friendliness and ease of maintenance. A silicon balance spring guarantees precision, while a single spring barrel offers a power reserve of more than 100 hours.

A special engraving on the case back guarantees the quality of each watch while an exclusive online portal also gives owners access to detailed test scores for their watch along with information regarding the individual test procedures.

The new Glashuette Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar is available from the end of October exclusively at Glashütte Original Boutiques and authorised dealers.

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Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date

At Baselworld 2016, Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date release a simple three-hand watch called the Senator Excellence as a home for its new high-performance automatic movement, the caliber 36. Now the German watchmaker has released two new watches additions to the Senator Excellence collection, adding some complications to the caliber 36 base. The Senator Excellence Panorama Date and the Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase start the same way as their predecessor, just bringing a little more to the mix.
The Senator Excellence Panorama Date is the simpler of the two new additions, adding a big date complication to the three-hander. As mentioned, the Panorama Date features the same caliber 36, however a big date has been added at 4 o’clock, giving the dial a little more visual interest. It’s not quite as dramatic an execution of the big date as you’ll find on some other German watches, but it’s extremely practical and well-done. The official name for this newly modified movement is the Caliber 36-03.
The Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date measures in at 40mm in diameter and 12.2mm thick, making it a great size for an all-purpose/everyday kind of watch. It’s also available in either rose gold or stainless steel (the latter with an optional bracelet), depending on your preference. The dial is traditional silver with Roman numerals, blued steel handset and a center seconds hand with the signature double Gs on the end. It’s worth noting that both of the new watches presented here are only available in this more classic style, not the high-contrast black-and-lume style also offered for the original (you can see both of them here).
If the Senator Excellence Panorama Date is one step beyond the original Senator Excellence, the Panorama Date Moon Phase is just one more step in the same direction. Not only is there the big date aperture at four o’clock but also a moonphase function spanning 10 and 11 o’clock. Glashütte Original is calling this movement the Caliber 36-04 (as you could have probably guessed by this point). If set properly, the moonphase indicator is pretty accurate and can go 122 years without a correction –assuming you keep the watch wound, of course.
Like the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date , the Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase is also available in rose gold and stainless steel, with the exact same 40mm across and 12.2mm thick case (there’s no thickness added for the moonphase display).

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Glashütte Original PanoMatic Lunar

Awhile ago we covered two of the SeaQ models, German watchmaking icon Glashütte Original also sent one of their most recognisable models my way, a PanoMatic, but more specifically, the Glashütte Original PanoMatic Lunar ref.1-90-02-11-35-30. This watch offers contemporary styling using the split-dial layout that is a hallmark of Glashütte watchmaking. Rather than placing everything onto one dial like a Senator watch, for instance, the Pano models split the hours and minutes, seconds, Panorama date and in this case the moon phase from each other to create a distinct style.
The most crucial part of any watch is the style, why would you wear something that doesn’t suitably reflect you as an individual? To me, the PanoMaticLunar is for someone who can enter a formal situation with ease and grace and yet remain confident and relaxed in a more informal setting. It’s hard to design a watch that can be both. Usually, it ends up as a dressy styled sports watch with an integrated bracelet and a hilariously long waiting list, but Glashütte Original subverts this idea by blending rose gold, a staple of high-end watchmaking, with a deep blue colour. If this were any other colour combination this watch would become formal only, but the use of blue balances it out enough to be worn right down to a casual polo shirt and jeans, as I had it for the most part during the review.
But, having said that, it is just as comfortable with a blazer or even a full-on suit. The stepped bezel means the watch glides under the cuff with ease. In terms of wearing experience, the watch is weighty and substantial, as German products tend to be. It doesn’t showcase finesse through lightness, rather, elegance through robust design and manufacturing. I also want to mention the blue leather strap. Usually, during reviews such as these, I am wearing the watch all day, and sometimes halfway through the review process, the leather strap starts to relax and loosen up, conforming to the wrist more. Not this one, though, it was so thick and well made that it held its shape from start to finish. That’s pretty uncommon, and though it may be a little uncomfortable at first, you only need to loosen it by one notch, and it becomes wearable again. That’s high quality, though you’d expect that at this price level, a point we’ll come to in a minute.
Part of that wearability ultimately comes down to good case design. Being a dress watch primarily, this piece is conservatively sized at 40mm in diameter and 12.7mm in height. The lugs are relatively short, too, so it can fit smaller wrists without dwarfing them.

The gold clasp is easy to operate and features a brushed/polished appearance with the double G logo engraved onto it. It’s not a push-button clasp. Instead, it’s a friction type, but to add extra security you need to pull it off from the end of the strap which is usually tucked through the strap minders. Try as hard as you like, it won’t budge if you don’t pull it from the end, and someone trying to pinch it will find that out very quickly.
The blue dial is clear and crisp. Glashütte Original PanoMatic Lunar calls it galvanic blue, and it certainly stands out. It’s not as deep as you might expect, it shows up in a lot of the photos as a deep and dark, mysterious blue, but it’s lighter than that. It’s very susceptible to the lighting conditions at the time and the viewing angle, thanks to a subtle finishing on the parts that aren’t time dials. The dials that do display the time have their own circular guilloché which reflects light in another fashion, creating a part gold part blue shimmer that is quite attractive. The dial is made in Glashütte Original’s dial manufactory in Pforzheim where experts craft their elaborate and intricate dials.
The Panorama Date and the moon phase (depicted with the delightfully German words ‘Panoramadatum’ and ‘Mondphase’) are the extra features on these timepieces. Last year in a hands-on I had with Glashütte Original’s Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase watch, I mentioned that I found the stars on the silvery moon phase disk hard to make out. This watch also features a silvery moon phase disk which contrasts with their blue dial. However, this time, the moon and the stars are in rose gold, matching the case and making them stand out more easily. The sub-small seconds hand doesn’t touch the markers on the subdial, but perhaps that’s more my undiagnosed OCD kicking in.
The Panorama Date has been a hallmark of the brand since 1997. It uses two discs, sat one inside the other, to switch the numbers independently of each other, which adds to the character of the timepiece. The font is large to allow easy reading and is crisp in appearance, too. It’s a smooth mechanism to operate as well.
Ticking away in the back of this watch is Glashütte Original PanoMatic Lunar in-house made calibre 90-02. The first thing to become apparent with it is the level of finishing, which is spectacular. The rotor is made of 21k gold with a gold double G logo cut into it and a gold oscillating weight. The rotor runs around a track that makes use of a milling process to create an attractive ribbed design which contrasts the Glashütte striping on the three-quarter plate. The visible gears have a sunburst polish to them as well for added visual attraction. This all contrasts the heat blued screws holding the movement together. But, once you’ve taken it all in for a few seconds, perhaps the most prominent part is the balance bridge. That’s right. This watch uses a bridge to suspend the balance from. “Why?” you ask? The reason is that it supports the duplex swan’s neck regulator assembly, which has been polished and sits on top of the bridge. This is another hallmark of the Glashütte Original brand. A single swan’s neck regulator is not that uncommon, but adding a second one improves upon the standard swan’s neck adjuster.
One swan’s neck regulator on its own is used to set the rate of the watch finely. In this design, the second one adjusts the position that the impulse pin connects to the fork by turning the balance itself. When the impulse pin is set in the optimal position, it means that the watch is running more efficiently and more accurately than before. This means that the watch can be set with extreme precision that other brands can’t do, and while you may not notice the results of that as a wearer, horology fans always appreciate it when watchmakers go out of their way to improve something. That balance operates at 4Hz to provide accurate and precise timekeeping and will continue to do so for roughly 42 hours.
Let’s not forget, though, that the entire balance bridge is not only very technical and forward-thinking in its design, but, like the rest of the watch, it’s very well executed. The engraving is very high quality. For the photography, I used a super zoom function on the camera to get right in close so that I can focus properly. When doing this, I also took the time to perform my own little unofficial ‘inspection’, in the broadest sense of the term, and couldn’t find a fault in any of the engravings on the movement.

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Glashuette Original Senator Excellence Panorama Date

Sometimes a classic watch is anything but ordinary. Let’s take a close look at a watch with a timeless design from a German watchmaker who has held his own against most luxury Swiss watchmakers.

From the Saxon region in Germany, Glashuette Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date shares their little watchmaking town with a few more watchmakers par excellence such as A. Lange & Sohne, and the most recent major player in the German watchmaking arena; Nomos. Let’s take a close look at their Glashutte Senator Panorama Date to explain what makes this wristwatch the special timepiece that it is.
As part of Glashutte Original’s Quintessential collection, the Senator Panorama Date series has a special place. Most of the other watches in the Glashutte Quintessentials collection have busier-looking dials which include sub-dials, power reserves, and such.

However, the Glashuette Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is a three-hand watch that has a stronger semblance to the watches found in the Senator Excellence collection and was designed with a clean and lean classic-looking off-white/cream colored dial. The black Roman numerals are finely printed and seem to hang from the railroad seconds track which wraps around the perimeter of the dial.

One of the most striking features of this watch is its elegantly shaped hands. The hour hand has an elongated spade shape while the minute’s hand has an oblong hourglass shape. The second hand is slender and has a Glashutte Original logo as a counterweight on the other end. The same hand design combination can be found in the Glashutte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar.

Even more striking than the carefully crafted shapely hands is the hue of blued steel. This beautiful shade of blue is achieved through a thermal reaction wherein which the steel is evenly heated using a process that changes its color.
Between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions on the dial, there is the date aperture which displays the date using a stately bold serif font. The date mechanism uses a double-disc to function. The solid 18kt rose gold case has a diameter of 40mm which is a conservative men’s size for today’s growing trend of larger watches. The rose gold case is 11.52mm thick and tucks away nicely underneath a shirt cuff. One nice feature that the GO Senator Panorama Date offers is a recessed seconds-reset button which is discreetly located on the side of the case at the 8 o’clock position and can be pushed using a special stylus tool that comes with the watch.
This watch is powered by an in-house Glashuette Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date caliber 100-03 movement which beats at 28,800 VpH, contains 51 jewels, and has a power reserve of about 55 hours when fully wound.

As with just about every Glashutte caliber you can expect some impressive craftsmanship and skilled finishing on the movement which you can see through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. The rotor that provides the bi-directional automatic winding has a skeletonized emblem with the letter G back-to-back in gold. There is also a weighted 21kt gold strip at the edge of the rotor which is beautifully finished with striped finishing which can also be found on the 3-quarter plate. Below is a photo of the 100-03 caliber as seen through the sapphire crystal transparent case back of the stainless steel model # 100-03-32-42-04. Pay attention to how the striped finishing causes light to refract off the movement and light it up. It really adds to the magnificence of the caliber.
One of the things that I have always found fascinating about mechanical watch calibers made in Glashutte is the flashes of vibrant colors that are found on the caliber. The blued screws to the pink ruby jewel bearings and even the polished and finished steel and gold. It all provides for a movement that looks more like a piece of fine art and less like a micromechanical engine.

The rose gold model depicted at the beginning of this post is the reference number 100-03-32-45-04 and comes on a black alligator leather strap with a folding buckle in a matching 18kt rose gold. This model has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $19,500 but can be purchased here at a discounted price.

There is also a stainless-steel model that has reference number 100-03-32-42-04 which is hard to come by these days since this series is being phased out and replaced with a newer version which is now being placed in the Senator Excellence collection called the Senator Excellence Panorama Date. It has a slightly different look to the dial which uses both index hour markers and Roman numerals and is powered by a newer movement, the 36-03, which has a better power reserve.

The 100-03-32-42-04 had an MSRP of $8,900 and we happen to have one left in unworn/brand new condition and is currently selling a few thousand less than the MSRP. Both models (the stainless steel 100-03-32-42-04 and the rose gold 100-03-32-45-04) use the same exact spectacular 100-03 self-winding movement. The only difference between the two watches is the case material. One is stainless steel while the other is rose gold.

In summation, this collection has some very beautiful watches and no matter which model you choose, you will own a piece of fine horology, German precision engineering, and artisanal craftsmanship.

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Irecently had an excellent opportunity to try out a brand new timepiece from German-based watchmaker Glashütte Original. The brand introduced the Senator Excellence collection back in 2016, and at Baselworld this year it added more options which are less formal than the first editions. It was apparent to Glashütte Original that, while very handsome to look at, the first watches with their imposing Roman numerals were a lot less appealing to the younger market. To change this, they created a watch which has become one of my personal favourite dress watches, here’s my take on the Senator Excellence Panorama Date Moon Phase. While those Roman numeral versions are also available in 18K red gold, these new pieces are only available in steel for now, though I suspect a gold version may come along in the future, even white gold perhaps.
The first thing I noticed about it upon taking it out of the FedEx box was just how light it is for the size of the case. The watch weighs in at 86 grams on our patented VSS (Very Scientific (kitchen) Scales), despite this, the stainless steel case is 42mm in diameter, polished on the bezel and lugs and brushed on the sides. It would be interesting to see what the watch is like when put on the stainless steel multi-link bracelet, but then I would have missed out on the awesome leather strap. There’ll be more on that in a bit.
The dial is very clean, legible and oh-so German in design. Only the bare essentials here, there’s not much writing, and the Glashütte Original logo is quite small. Above that logo is the moon phase display. The moon phase itself is very accurate, requiring a reset only once every 122 years. It contrasts with the blue of the dial quite well, as the disk is silver, but this does make the tiny stars quite hard to make out, I know they are microscopic, but collectors of such fine timepieces enjoy examining them with a loupe. The moon itself is brilliantly polished and inverse domed in shape, this isn’t visible to the naked eye, but it does show up with a macro lens.

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Glashuette Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition

Glashuette Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition Replica Watch 1-39-34-05-22-04
Stainless steel case
Ultra-slim case in polished stainless steel
Handmade dial
Domed and embossed dial with dégradé effect, incised indexes, printed Arabic numerals and Super-LumiNova luminous dots, hands with Super-LumiNova inlays, auxiliary dials for small second and 30-minute display
Grey-brown nubuck calfskin strap with pin buckle
Custom-made for the modern dandy
Like the trendsetters of the Swinging Sixties, this latest addition leaves nothing to chance when it comes to looks and rhythm. The new chronograph features a dark green dégradé dial, a handmade automatic movement and charisma as cool as anything the music and fashion of the sixties had to offer.
A bright green dial
The stainless steel case leads the eye to a handmade retro dial. The dégradé effect travels from a bright green at the centre to a darker shade at the edge. The dial also features a finely textured surface made using the original tools and methods of the time
Shaped for a perfect fit
A specially-formed sapphire crystal case back ensures optimal views of the traditionally finished automatic movement and offers excellent wearer comfort as well, so the watch can fit snugly around the wrist.

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Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama

Like many other seasoned watch lovers, my affection for German watch maker Glashütte Original runs deep. It’s not just the classic yet spirited designs that tend to define the brand which are appealing, but it is also the enduring dedication to functionality and mechanical excellence that the region is known for. Yes, like many people who know watches well, I’m a big fan of what Glashütte in Saxony lends to the world of contemporary watches. So let’s look at one of the brand’s more avant-garde watches, yet one that is totally wearable on a daily basis, the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date reference 1-37-02-03-02-70 with the blue dial on matching steel bracelet.
I recall first putting a Glashütte Original Seventies watch on my wrist back when the brand released the collection in 2011. I had seen the watch in pictures prior to trying it out and was pleasantly surprised how much more I liked it when wearing it than the images would have suggested. Like many timepieces, this is one of those pieces that just happens to come alive when on the wrist as opposed to being viewed in the vacuum of marketing images. I think that is because the cushioned square case with its finely made tapering bracelet is particularly flattering to the organic curves of one’s hand and arm – which allows the design to sell itself through aesthetics and wearability. If you’re curious about another take, we previously reviewed the non-chronograph version of the Seventies Panorama Date watch here. In 2014, Glashütte Original followed up by expanding the Seventies collection with the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date that I review here today.
Speaking of square-cased watches, the Seventies case is 40mm wide by 40mm wide, and in the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date version it is 13.5mm thick (water-resistant to 100m). That makes it a true square, and the case itself feels a lot more like a retro television screen, which is intentional. Square or non-round watches are difficult to get right. Getting the proportions and overall design of a non-round watch correct such that it is both legible and looks good on the wrist is quite hard to do. Though when it is done correctly it has the makings of a classic.
As a mental exercise, think of all the watches you can that are not round but are also timeless. There are a few of them, and they stand out amazingly well. Then, think of all the watches which have non-round cases which just didn’t work despite best efforts. If you know your watches, you’ll realize that the unsuccessful ones clearly outnumber the successful ones. So when it comes to non-round watches, there is great risk, but also great reward if the brand gets its right. In my opinion, the Glashütte Original Seventies, while not totally mainstream in its appeal, has the makings of a classic.
In a sense, it is already a contemporary classic. Even though the modern version came out just a few years ago, Glashütte Original didn’t just name it “Seventies” because it loosely reminded them of the era. Rather, this collection, which includes models on various straps and three different dial colors, is directly based on watches that the brand released in the 1970s. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Glashütte Original came out with a large selection of really interesting and very “out-there” stuff. That meant a lot of experimentation with colors and case shapes. Recall that this was during a time when the brand was actually state-controlled, as Saxony was in what was then East Germany, run as a communist state. Nevertheless, the state was quite liberal with its designs, and it was a golden age of design that the Glashütte Original brand of today regularly draws inspiration from. Another square-cased model the brand produces which is inspired by the 1960s is the Glashütte Original Sixties Square (hands-on here).
The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date isn’t a cheap watch, but people get it for the case design, detailing, and of course, the in-house-made movement. As I said before, it does take a relatively seasoned watch lover to really appreciate all the details and unique style here. It’s all about the case, movement, dial, and bracelet – all of which are produced in Germany.
As all watches are sold or passed over because of their dial, let’s discuss the one on this Seventies Chronograph for a moment. This version is in a sunburst metallic blue, which is produced by Glashütte Original by their own dial-maker which is located elsewhere in the country, in Pforzheim, Germany. The blue is not just chemically applied, but done using a carefully designed technique using layers of varnish. Blue is a popular choice for watch dials today, and that’s a good thing since it offers a more inviting color than gray, and is a bit more friendly than, say, black, white, or silver. With that said, the challenge in making a good blue dial is in getting both the exact right shade and finishing. Too light or dark and it can easily ruin the appeal; too matte and it can look cheap; too glossy and it can affect legibility. So when you see a blue-colored dial that is done right, it’s easy to appreciate it.
A lot of the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date dial is about referencing the past. You see that in the applied arrowhead-style hour markers, with small lume points applied manually around the periphery of the dial. The hands are perfectly sized in length, and painted with Super-LumiNova in the middle. They offer excellent contrast against the blue dial – which makes for a very welcome sense of readability in most lighting conditions. Both the hands and hour markers are produced from 18ct white gold – which allows for a nice polish and protects against tarnishing in the future.
Even though the Glashütte Original Seventies is more a sporty/casual watch, the hands and hour markers are a bit more formal in their design, albeit still easy to read. This was odd to me at first, but I came to appreciate it. The effect is a soothing, more traditional look that still has a bit of “polished pizazz” to it, which melds nicely with the otherwise sporty case. It makes for a sexy composition, which is a rare thing to say for a timepiece with a cushion-style square case. If there is one big compliment that I’d like to give the Glashütte Original Seventies case is that it manages to look sexy while also not looking typical.
The steel case and bracelet have excellent finishing, something the brand – and, for that matter, many high-quality German watches – is known for. The polished bezel is matched by the polished chronograph pushers and crown guard. The middle of the case is finely brushed, which reduces visual mass and adds to the sport appeal. Note the polished beveling on the case edges as well, which is a lovely touch. The bracelet is designed to integrate with the case, and it is rather complicated despite the simple three-link design. Like popular favorites like the Rolex GMT-Master II, the bracelet tapers to offer a more visually balanced (and comfortable) fit on the wrist, while the center link is polished being flanked by outer brushed links.
You’ll note that the bracelet is designed to have pretty much no gaps. It moves smoothly over the wrist thanks to tight tolerances and a construction that uses a large variety of different parts. Even sizing the bracelet is not typical, and designed to be semi-tool-less. In order to remove links, there are small pushers on the inside to release them. The bracelet’s fold-over locking deployant features a discreet micro-adjust system which has been in the Glashütte Original family in one manner or another for a good time now. In fact, Glashütte Original is among the first brands in the modern era to offer a well-engineered micro-adjust system.
What this does is allow you to have about a centimeter of distance to adjust the size of the bracelet in roughly single-millimeter increments. This is operated by the pressing the “hidden” button which is the Glashütte Original brand logo on the underside of the clasp. The reason you want this is that it allows you to expand and contract the bracelet size even while it is on your wrist to always ensure precise comfort as climate or other conditions can naturally cause your wrist size to slightly vary throughout the day.
Glashütte Original also offers the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date (or the non-Chronograph version) on two strap options. These are a fitted alligator or rubber strap. each looks nice and is comfortable, but given that I’m a “bracelet guy,” I’ll choose the matching steel over a strap pretty much anytime.
I have to say that the Glashütte Original caliber 37 movements are among the best-kept secrets in the watch world for those who like chronographs. There is nothing else out there quite like it, and it should really get more attention for offering as much functionality as it does in a package that appears very simple and elegant. Its appeal certainly grew on me, and I think anyone who likes a cleverly designed chronograph-based movement will enjoy it.
From a functionality perspective, the caliber 37 (37-02 in this watch) offers the time with subsidiary seconds dial at 9 o’clock, big date (Glashütte Original likes to call it a “Panorama Date”) indicator, power reserve indicator, and flyback 12-hour chronograph. I’ll also note that it has a stop seconds feature (which means that when you pull the crown out, the seconds hand stops so that you can more precisely set the time).
The chronograph appears to be a mere 30-minute chronograph at first, but then you see that hours are counted not via a dial, but a moving disc visible under 12 o’clock. I was concerned about the legibility of something like this at first, but I learned to really love it – and actually find this system for reading a 12-hour chronograph superior to most others. Like I said, the chronograph is a flyback, and operated via a column wheel transmission that you can view in the movement when seeing it through the sapphire crystal through the rear of the case.
Finally, Glashütte Original completes the high-functionality package by including a discreet power reserve indicator inside the upper left quadrant of the subsidiary seconds dial. It does cut out a small bit of the dial’s indicators, but that is a very small price to pay for this added functionality that I really enjoy. From a performance perspective, the 37-02 movement operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of about three days.
In addition to being very nicely decorated, the Calibre 37 automatic movement has a number of features you expect to find in high-quality Glashütte-region mechanical movements. It begins by using a traditional 3/4 plate construction, which means that the back plate of the watch covers more area, and results in a stronger, more durable design. You then have a swan neck fine-adjustment system as part of the regulation system that, when mixed with the 14ct gold screws in the balance wheel, make for a system that a watchmaker can tweak for very precise accuracy.
The movement also has an expected level of decor at a watch priced like this including polished surfaces, beveled edges, and blued steel screws. The automatic rotor is also skeletonized (and given the Glashütte Original brand logo) to make viewing the movement a bit easier, and further weighted with a strip of 21ct gold. Also really nice is the fact that when you view the movement through the rear of the case you can appreciate that it takes up most of the case – as, oftentimes, people don’t like when a movement is placed in a case that is too large for it.
It’s difficult to find areas of fault in the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. Sure, you might not personally like the design, but for what it is, Glashütte Original spent an intense level of refinement on pretty much all details. Nothing about this watch really says “improve me,” beyond small taste preferences or quirks that people might subjectively want changed. To me, wearing a watch like this feels very much like you are strapping on a pure expression of the what the brand seeks to evoke in their products.
The Glashütte Original logo, with its dual Gs design has one G facing forward and one G facing backward. This is an honest metaphor for what the brand is, and the idea is that half of their mind is focused on the past, and half is focused on the future. In many ways, that sums up the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date pretty well given its several nods to the past in terms of the case and dial design, along with having a regionally traditional mechanical movement, as well as looking ahead by being a contemporary luxury watch with a strong personality and impressive movement meant to be what fine watch lovers are looking for now and into the future. Price for the reference 1-37-02-03-02-70 Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date