Green is, without doubt, the trendiest colour in watchmaking these days. Green can be truly appealing, and Glashütte Original knows it. In fact, the brand surfed the wave quite early, before many others followed, with watches such as the Sixties Annual Edition 2018, the PanoMaticLunar Forest Green or the Seventies Chronograph Limited Editions. Now it is time for the brand’s compact and vintage-inspired dive watch, the SeaQ 39.5mm, to become green and to move into more adventurous territories, with the new Reed Green edition.
The first watch of a collection focussed on instrument watches, the “Spezialist” collection, the SeaQ is available in two rather different editions. First is a large, modern and luxurious version with Panorama Date. Second is a surprisingly compact and vintage-inspired edition, paying tribute to the model behind this collection, the 1969 Spezimatic Type RP TS 200. With its black dial and bezel, combined to large painted applied indexes in “old radium” colour, the original 2019 version played on vintage vibes. Later followed a blue model, with some important evolutions to be noted on the dial. And now this green model, sharing the same specifications as the blue edition, is joining the collection.
Just like the blue model, there’s more than just a dial colour to report here. With this new edition, Glashütte Original relies on the same design as used in the Panorama Date model, meaning that the watch gets rid of the vintage-coloured painted numerals and replaces them with more elegant and more modern applied indexes and hands filled with white SLN. But when the blue edition features a sunray-brushed dial, this new SeaQ 39.5mm Reed Green comes with a varnished green dial, with a grainy/matte surface, as well as a green ceramic bezel’s insert – still with the 60-minute diving scale with complete graduation. Surely, the numerals and hands have the same layout and original look as the inaugural black version, however, their execution gives a more contemporary and fresher look to this watch. And the green colour certainly is well-chosen, making this model more land-oriented than pure diver.
For the rest, no major evolution. The stainless steel case still measures 39.5mm x 12.15mm – as said, fairly compact – with its distinctive late-1960s shape. It is finished with circular brushed surfaces and nice polished bevels. The watch is topped by a domed sapphire crystal and features a unidirectional bezel. A screw-down crown and caseback ensure a 200m water-resistance and the watch still complies with ISO 6425 and DIN 8306 diver’s watch standards.
Under the screwed steel caseback is the in-house, calibre 39-11. An automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve and 4Hz frequency, it displays the hours, minutes, seconds (with hacking seconds for precise setting) and a date mechanism. Despite the fact that it is hidden, calibre 39-11 is beautifully finished with bevelled edges, Glashütte stripe finishes, a swan-neck fine adjustment (not engraved) and a skeletonised rotor.
As with other editions, Glashütte Original offers a large choice of straps and buckles. This new SeaQ 39.5mm Reed Green edition can be worn on a 3-link brushed and polished steel bracelet with a folding clasp and fine adjustment diver extension system. Also, you can choose a grey nylon strap or a black rubber strap – each of them available either with a pin buckle or a fold fastener.
Availability & Price
The Glashütte Original SeaQ 39.5mm Reed Green edition is now available, for now, exclusively in North America. It will be available worldwide in May 2021. Price starts at EUR 8,800 (with rubber or nylon strap with pin buckle) and will evolve depending on the options for straps and bracelet.
More information at glashuette-original.com.