End of last year Glashütte Original launched the Senator Observer 1911 Julius Assmann, a limited edition in white gold and their first Baselworld 2012 novelty. Today they add two new versions of the Senator Observer in stainless steel.
Creating beautiful chronometers, is something Glashütte Original is very good at, as they already proved with the Senator Chronometer. And it’s great news that this model will be available in stainless steel as well!
And again it features the magnificent panorama date that Glashütte Original is famous for. It is the only big date where both date wheels are on the same level; something that simply looks great. The panorama date is positioned above the 6 o’clock position and this gives the dial a very balanced look. I love the attention for detail Glashütte Original shows with the black date wheel with white date font. This sort of detail was unheard of a few years ago and I’m pleased to see GO, among other, pay attention to these small but significant details.
Both the silver dial and the grey dial are built up from three separate layers of lacquer and have a finely textured, grained surface. On the grey dial version this finely grained dial will give it a matte look. At the 9 o’clock position is the subsidiary seconds dial and the power reserve display is positioned at 3 o’clock.
The middle part of the three part stainless steel case, that measures 44 mm in diameter, has a lovely satin finish. The bezel in the front and the case back are both polished. Besides the signed crown, you can see a small push corrector. This is to reset the seconds hand and can be used when setting the time exact to the second.
Many mechanical watches feature a so-called hacking system, which is a system that stops the seconds hand when the crown is pulled out when setting the time. Glashütte Original has a reset mechanism that not only stops the seconds hand, but also resets it to zero. However the main purpose of a chronometer or observation watch, is to run to extreme perfection. When the crown is pulled and the seconds hand stops or resets, this usually means that the balance is stopped. This is something that cause extra wear and tear in the mechanics and also has negative influences on the watch’s the going rate.
So Glashütte Original came up with an improvement, that allows for the seconds hand to be reset, while the balance keeps oscillating. Sounds like a perfect solution to me. Only the fact that it has to be operated with a push pin, is something that might prevent owners to use this feature a lot.
The Senator Observer is available with silver or grey dial, with either a black alligator strap or a ‘vintage’ brown calfskin strap with a stainless steel folding clasp.