There are a handful of German watch manufacturers you absolutely must know and one of those is Glashütte Original. Originally known as GUB Glashütte, a state-owned conglomerate of watchmakers, the 'Original' moniker arrived in 1994 and references the town's use of the word 'Original' to tell buyers the piece did actually originate from the region (in response to devious brands attempting to piggyback off the town's watchmaking pedigree).
Since joining the Swatch group, Glashütte Original has maintained a reputation as one of the world's greatest concept to creation manufacturers, designing and developing absolutely everything in-house. Their latest creation the Glashütte Original SeaQ, within the brand's new Spezialist collection, embraces this pedigree and delivers it in a handsome steel package.
Based on the 1969 Spezimatic Type RP TS 200, the modern Glashütte Original SeaQ range consists of three variants, a 69 piece limited edition SeaQ 1969 model, the SeaQ and the SeaQ Panorama Date. Across the range, the aesthetic champions legibility and functionality, with large lumed numerals and date windows, ceramic inlay undirectional bezels and an uncoated steel case.
Only a handful of minor details distinguish the SeaQ 1969 from the general SeaQ release, including some movement details on the dial, hands with green lume and an engraved case back.
In the same 39.5mm wide (12.15mm high) brushed and polished steel case, the general release SeaQ is almost identical to its a limited run brother but offers an adjustable steel bracelet. Both Glashütte Original SeaQ watches feature the brand's Calibre 39-11 automatic movement, with 40 hours power reserve, with 200m of water resistance.
In the larger SeaQ Panorama Date, which sees the brand's signature 'Panorama Date' window at 4 o'clock, a modified calibre 36-13 movement with a substantial 100-hour power reserve can be viewed through a sapphire case back in a 43.2mm case. A captivating blue sunburst dial joins the lineup with white lume to add a touch of contrast and luxury.
The prices for the Glashütte Original SeaQ start at €8,500 and are identical for the limited run SeaQ 1969, with the steel bracelet variant sitting at €9,700. The SeaQ Panorama Date starts at €11,000 and comes in at €12,200 on the bracelet.
To view the entire Glashütte Original SeaQ range head to Glashuette-Original.com