Back in 2019, Saxon Haute Horlogerie manufacture Glashütte Original introduced the surprising yet very capable SeaQ collection. Two variations of the Spezimatic-inspired luxury dive watch were presented, the SeaQ 39.5mm and the SeaQ Panorama Date. The two follow the same design codes, yet feature distinct elements to tell them apart. First and foremost, the large date indication of course, but there’s more to it than that. Both remain closely linked, however, and now it’s the bigger brother’s turn to go green. We go hands-on with the appealing Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Reed Green.
To briefly remind you of the origins of the SeaQ collection we have to go back to the point in time where Glashütte Original was under GDR control and called Glashütte Uhren Betrieb. It was a time when the brand would primarily manufacture utilitarian pieces, which have occasionally been an inspiration to modern collections. The Glashütte Original Sixties, for instance, was closely modelled after a vintage GUB, and the SeaQ takes its looks from the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 dive watch.
Glashütt Original has since moved to a far more elevated level of watchmaking, yet the SeaQ collection comes with that very appealing retro-vibe of the Spezimatic. The steel case of the SeaQ Panorama Date is a rather sizeable 43.2mm across and 15.65mm in height and carries quite a bit of heft. It’s all very solidly finished though, with a mostly brushed finish and polished accents. It’s topped with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a green ceramic insert, which has a crisp white diving scale.
The Reed Green dial is carried over from the smaller SeaQ 39.5mm has a subtle granular texture to it but remains perfectly legible. The large applied markers and numerals are filled with C1 Super-LumiNova. The font for the numerals is very close to the original Spezimatic from the 1960s, as are the hands. Both hands have a C1 Super-LumiNova insert, with the minute hand having the signature large triangular tip stretching out to the white minute track. Furthermore, there are only minimal markings to indicate the brand and model, to leave plenty of space for that big Panorama Date display at 4 o’clock. All this is covered by a domed sapphire crystal.
Inside ticks the in-house produced automatic Calibre 36-13, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback. This uses 41 jewels, runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and once fully wound provides a very solid 100 hours of power reserve through a single barrel. Winding is done with a skeletonized rotor with signature Double G branding and a 21k gold peripheral mass. It fits the case well and is finely decorated according to the Glashütte standards. It indicates central hours, minutes and seconds. The date is divided into two discs, colour-matched to the Reed Green dial.
The Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Reed Green comes with a choice of straps. There’s the option for a black rubber strap or grey textile straps, both of which can be worn on a pin buckle or fold-over clasp. And of course, there’s the steel bracelet, which has a fine-adjustment system cleverly hidden in the clasp. Push down on the “GG” logo, and you get an extra 7.5mm or so to play with. It’s available from March 2022, through all Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide. The price is set at EUR 11,000 on black rubber or grey textile strap. If you want the steel bracelet, the SeaQ Panorama Date Reed Green will set you back EUR 12,200.
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