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Glashütte Original introduced a new watch collection named Spezialist in 2019, which comprised two diver’s watches at the time: the SeaQ and the SeaQ Panorama Date.
The inspiration for these functional debutants with an air of elegance came from the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200, the first diver’s watch created by Glashütte Original’s East German predecessor, Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB), in 1969 during the era of the German Democratic Republic.
The SeaQ, SeaQ Panorama Date, and limited edition SeaQ 1969 were quite a surprise at the Time to Move fair since this Glashütte-based manufacture earned its reputation for first-class complications rooted in the 175 years of Saxon watchmaking history.
As to be expected from Glashütte Original, though, these new models represent excellent manufacturing and a tasteful design by fully complying with requirements of the diver’s watch genre.
The SeaQ models have been rigorously tested to meet the German DIN 8306 and international ISO 6425 standards for diver’s watches. The SeaQ and the SeaQ Panorama Date — both water resistant to 300 meters — sport a unidirectional, counterclockwise rotating bezel with ceramic inlay for increased scratch resistance and screw-down crowns.
The dials, executed in the tasteful retro style of their predecessors and enhanced by a sunray finish, offer excellent legibility under all lighting conditions thanks to the use of radiant Super-LumiNova on the distinctive Arabic numerals, indexes, and instrument-style hands.
The expressive look and feel are complemented by automatic manufacture movements: Caliber 39-11 for the SeaQ and Caliber 36-13 for the SeaQ Panorama Date.
The technical prowess of the 36-13, the flagship in the SeaQ fleet that initially arrived in 2015 in the Senator Excellence collection, is highlighted by a silicon balance spring and a generous power reserve of 100 hours stored in a single barrel.
The exquisitely finished and decorated movement is proverbially “hanging tight” in the case thanks to what the manufacture calls bayonet mounting for improved shock resistance.
Glashütte Original 2020 SeaQ Panorama Date in two-tone and red gold
Following the successful launch of the new diver’s collection, which according to Glashütte Original was exceptionally well received, the brand recently added two new variations of the SeaQ Panorama Date to the family, one in red gold and one in a two-tone case combining red gold and stainless steel.
Their black dials with fine sunray finish give an elegant twist to the no-nonsense instrument style of a diver, bridging the gap between tool watches – which they definitely are – and classically elegant timepieces.
You would not look underdressed pairing one of these with watches with a suit. A stylish gray synthetic textile strap is also available that is a beauty in itself.
And now: the 2020 Glashütte Original SeaQ in stainless steel
And now, just in time for summer adventures, Glashütte Original introduces a new version of its classic SeaQ in stainless steel.
For the first time, the stainless steel three-handed model with a smaller date indication at 3 o’clock shows off a slightly domed, deep blue galvanized dial enhanced with a sunray finish that provides a more retro feel. Until now, this model was only available with a black dial.
The new color option extends to the bezel’s scratch-resistant ceramic inlay outfitted with a luminous reference triangle and minute markers. With a case diameter just slightly under 40 mm and a modest height of 12.15 mm, the SeaQ in stainless steel offers finely balanced proportions – not too small for a sports watch and not too big to still be an elegant timepiece.
Powering the new SeaQ in stainless steel is manufacture Caliber 39-11. The automatic movement, finished to the high standards typical of Glashütte Original, offers hacking seconds allowing the owner to precisely set the time and a date window at 3 o’clock.
While not visible due to the full case back, the manufacture movement features a swan-neck fine adjustment system for precise rate regulation. The steel case back is engraved with a trident with a Glashütte Double G handle and 20 waves symbolizing the water resistance of 200 meters (20 atm).
With a keen eye for detail, a focus on functionality and the brand’s trademark penchant for fine mechanics, Glashütte Original’s new take on the diver’s watch proves once again that the manufacture’s competence in well-made vintage design ranks with the best of today’s high-end luxury timepieces.
Now for something completely different: diamonds
For those that like their watches to sparkle, Glashütte Original also now offers the SeaQ in stainless steel with blue tones and a gem-set bezel.
The watch remains unisex in size and design, so adding a gem-set bezel wasn’t a stretch in terms of target audience – although diver’s watch purists might disagree with that statement.
This gem-set model is the same as the stainless steel version described above, but has its rotating bezel set with 47 brilliant-cut diamonds and one blue sapphire. The sapphire replaces the reference marker that diver’s watches have to mark the start time of the dive. Because of that jewel, though, this watch does not conform to the DIN and ISO dive watch standards, which both require luminous material for the reference marker.
Though these gems will not work quite so efficiently underwater in this function as Super-LumiNova in combination with ceramic or aluminum, they certainly attract the eye when the watch is worn on land.
For more information, please visit www.glashuette-original.com/dive-deeper-original.
Quick Facts 2020 Glashütte Original SeaQ stainless steel
Case: 39.5 x 12.15 mm, stainless steel or stainless steel with gem-set bezel (47 brilliant-cut diamonds and one blue sapphire, approx. 1.63 ct.)
Movement: automatic manufacture Caliber 39-11, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, power reserve 40 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; date
Price: from €8,580 without diamonds; €15,400 with diamond-and-sapphire-set bezel
Quick Facts 2020 Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date red gold
Case: 43.2 x 15.65 mm, red gold or two-tone stainless steel and red gold
Movement: automatic manufacture Caliber 36-13, 3 Hz/21,600 vph frequency, power reserve 100 hours, silicon balance spring
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; large date
Price: €14,500 (two tone on rubber or synthetic textile strap); €24,500 (red gold on rubber or synthetic textile strap)