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The Union Glashütte Belisar Chronograph Speedster Limited Edition in Electric Blue

A particularly well-executed sporty chronograph with retro feel and classic car theme.

| By Denis Peshkov | 4 min read |

Union Glashütte is a brand that must enjoy a remarkable reputation among a specific group: German vintage car enthusiasts. The company has established longstanding partnerships with events like the ADAC Deutschland Klassik tour and renowned German car rallies such as the Paul Pietsch Classic, the Silvretta Classic, and the Sachsen Classic rally. Recognised for its limited-edition watches crafted to encapsulate the essence of prestige cars, Union Glashütte has garnered attention for its commitment to producing well-built, reliable timepieces that evoke emotion while offering good value – thus having a broader appeal. Among its standout offerings is the Belisar Chronograph series, which presents a variety of models infused with retro inspiration yet executed with a distinctly modern flair and performance. A relatively recent addition to this collection is the Belisar Chronograph Speedster, featuring a captivating blue dial.

It’s important to note that the Union Glashütte Belisar Chronograph Speedster caters to enthusiasts of larger timepieces. This auto- and retro-inspired chronograph boasts a case that spans 44mm in diameter and stands at a height of 15.01mm, with a lug-to-lug distance of 52.99mm. While not the go-to choice for a formal ballroom setting, the stainless steel case imparts a delightful sense of substance and sturdiness on the wrist – the watch head weighs 120gr – and wears comfortably. The retro-themed pump pushers and the large diamond-shaped fluted crown don’t pose any inconvenience, catering well to individuals with above-average sizes. The practical nature of the watch is accentuated by the screwed flanks, and the meticulous mix of finishing techniques on both the case (and bracelet) underscores the manufacturer’s keen attention to detail. The final detail; the record and reset logo on the pushers…

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The domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating adds to the vintage vibe. The dial is a captivating amalgamation of colours: electric blue dominates the main surface and the running seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, while black adorns the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at 3 and 6 o’clock, respectively, as well as the tachymeter scale along the outer edge. White markings and printed text add contrast and clarity to the ensemble. The dial is replete with intricate details waiting to be discovered, given the time – from the raised Union logo to the impeccable snailing on the subdials.

The central chronograph seconds hand, boasting a black nickel finish, terminates in a white arrow-shaped tip, matching the colour scheme of the smaller hands on the totalisers. The hour and minute hands, as well as the running seconds hand, also featuring a black nickel plating, bear a Super-LumiNova strip for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions. The numeric indices, positioned on the inside, next to the railway track minute ring, omit the 3, 6, and 9 to accommodate the subdials seamlessly. The date window within the 6 o’clock counter is thoughtfully integrated, blending with the dial’s aesthetic while serving its purpose effectively.

Overall, the dial of the Union Glashütte Belisar Chronograph Speedster exudes clarity, owed in part to the watch’s diameter, but equally commendable is the clever design that enhances its legibility.

Regarding handling the Belisar Speedster, the UNG-27.S1 automatic calibre ensures a stress-free experience. Based on the ETA 7753, with added silicon balance-spring this movement has been enhanced, with one noticeable practical improvement – an increased power reserve of 65 hours, up from 40. Union Glashütte’s watchmakers refined, decorated, and outfitted the calibre with an in-house-made rotor, plates, and bridges. The screwed display caseback ensures the owner gets a glimpse of their craftsmanship.

It’s essential to note that rapid date correction (via a corrector conveniently located on the side of the case at 10 o’clock) should be avoided between 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The stop-second feature enables precise time-setting, while the chronograph pushers offer the right resistance for a satisfying response. With a water resistance of 100 meters, the watch instils extra confidence, and the stainless steel bracelet ensures the safe position on the wrist closed with a double-fold fastener with twin push-buttons, also equipped with quick change spring bars, should you wish to opt for an interchangeable black textured rubber strap.

The Union Glashütte Belisar Chronograph Speedster is a limited edition of 388 pieces, priced at EUR 3,350. Not per se accessible, but still rather competitive for what you’ll get in return. For more, please visit

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