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Release: Glashutte Original 70s Chronograph Panorama Date Limited Editions

Glashutte Original has always fascinated me with their attention to detail in their dials and movement decorations.  They also have an excellent line up of watches that interests me, such as their Seventies chronograph with a TV dial that stood out in the square case and in house column wheel chronograph movement.  Now, they have released two beautiful limited editions in unique gradient green and grey dials.

As previously mentioned in another article, Glashutte Original has their own dial manufacturer in Pforzheim that creates the dial from start to finish.  As you recall from the previous article, the dial is finished in a similar fashion like the Senator Sixties watch with where the center has a lighter hue while the edges of the dial have a darker shade. 

This is accomplished by first using a brass brushes to create a sunburst effect.  After the galvanizing, either green or grey lacquer is applied in multiple phases.  Finally, black lacquer is applied by hand on the edges in various angles, so each dial is different with the way the dial fades.  The dials are then fired in a kiln to burn in the color.

Similar to the current Seventies Chronograph line up, the watches are cased in a 40×40 stainless steel case that is polished through out.  Being an automatic movement with a big date display, the watch stands at a reasonable 14.10mm tall with a sapphire case back to display the nicely finished caliber 37-02.  Being marketed as a sports chronograph, the watch is rated with 100 meters of water resistance as well with a screw in crown and crown guards.

Besides the beautifully executed dial, what originally drew my attention to the watch was the layout of the dial.  Unlike most chronographs that can measure minutes and hours, based on the 7750, this watch instead shows a bi-compax layout with sub seconds subdial on the left and minute counter on the right and the hour display at 12 o’clock position below the Glashutte logo.  Last but not least, the big date above 6 o’clock is very well executed to bring excellent symmetry to the dial.  

Beating inside the watch is the well decorated in-house caliber 37-02 chronograph with column wheel.  The skeletonized rotor is made with a 21 carat gold and there is no shortage of perlage and bevelling to feast on and a nicely engraved balance cock.  

The watch can be purchased with a leather strap for 12,500 Euros or 13,700 Euros on a stainless steel bracelet.  Given its unique dial finish and layout along with the well decorated movement.  This is a very competitively priced limited edition in my opinion, but you must hurry up as there are only 100 pieces available for each color!

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