Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Panorama Date Watch Hands-On

Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Panorama Date Watch Hands-On

Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Panorama Date Watch Hands On   hands on

Several years ago, Glashutte Original released a 1960s inspired watch called the Senator Sixties. It was controversial at the time, and personally I wasn't all that into it. My feelings probably hinged on the fact that it wasn't the type of watch I expected from the brand. Though after some revisions I've come around and find the most modern interpretation of the Senator Sixties (the Panorama Date) genuinely cool. It still isn't what I consider "classic Glashutte Original," but I genuinely like it.

For me, the town of Glashutte, Germany is the epicenter of traditional function-focused German watch making. From there I expect to see ice-cold tool watches with a traditional twist, and a heavy emphasis on functional utility. A few years ago we started to see more themed or nuanced designs that broke that traditional mold. Gashutte is still very much about utility-themed, high-end timepieces, but we've come to allow a bit more whimsy in their offerings. The Senator Sixites Panorama Date is a good example.

Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Panorama Date Watch Hands On   hands on

Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Panorama Date Watch Hands On   hands on

For a long time Glashutte Original has been one of my favorite brands. I personally own one of their watches (a Sport Evolution) and I am eager to see what they come out with each year. A new development at the brand is their ownership of the dial maker they once used as a supplier. What does that mean to the consumer? A lot actually. Having control over the dial maker means that little details on each dial can be attended to like never before. For example, on this watch, the color of the numerals in the big date indicator match the numerals on the rest of the dial. Such custom work is often not possible or feasible unless you actually own a company. So having their own dial maker really helps. It is also a very positive thing for collectors who are annoyed by color inconsistencies, which I can sympathize with.

When the Senator Sixties first came out I nicknamed it the "Tiki Dial." That is because the font used for the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock hour indicator reminded me of the font used in Tiki room Polynesian-themed bars and restaurants, which had some mid-century popularity in the United States. When I see the watch today I still think that. For me a watch like this works really well with a Hawaiian shirt while wearing shorts on vacation or when drinking something out of a coconut. Maybe that is just my own personal fantasy about the watch, but it is why I feel it is more "cool," rather then dressy. It is in fact put in the skin of a dress watch with its traditional round case and elegant dial.

Glashutte Original Senator Sixties Panorama Date Watch Hands On   hands on

12 comments
pvankekem
pvankekem

Very nice watch! I only think that writing two times the name Glashütte on the dial is a bit 'blond'...

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

GO is or was, along with Zenith, *the* maker of desirable yet attainable watches. But WHY did they have to ditch their sports and pilot watches? Why?

Robbie82
Robbie82

Beautiful watch. I love the Polynesian numeric style and I am a fan of big date complications.. Though in my opinion the font of the date interferes a little bit with the style of the rest of the dial..

Doesn't seem right to me..

spiceballs
spiceballs

Like this a lot and for me all seems to work well, altho' I'd like to see it "in person".  Simple, pretty, symmetrical, nice blue and just a little different.  Still prefer it on a bracelet.  Sharp intake of breath at the price  - - - oh well, I can dream.

CG
CG

the Polynesian numerial style is a nice change to see back again... since it's demise at the end of the psychedelic poster era was also needed.... hated those Polynesian Mood Music albums then; but they are strangely evocative now... like this watch. I'd definitely buy one.very nice.

PygmyTitan
PygmyTitan

In full honesty, I like the tiki style all around. That Panorama date is fantastic.

ScottinArizona
ScottinArizona

Still trying to decide if I like the combination of the modern/industrial date font and retro indicies on the same dial.  A little different is okay, but this is a lot.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

Stunning watch. Want one. Badly. Being church mouse poor, I have to find something to criticize. Let me see...okay: not fussy about the 12, 3, 6, and 9. They look too Addams Family spooky. There!  Inverse snobbery saves me again. (However, I still want one. Badly.)

ZL
ZL

Have loved these Senator Sixties for a while.

Patrick Kansa
Patrick Kansa

Nice - I hadn't noticed that the indices were machined into the dial until the photos popped up here.

JonnyD
JonnyD

Perhaps I am colour blind, but the dial to me is very much purple. i think it is technically a midnight blue, but I love the colour nonetheless. it's extremely eye catching. The watch certainly has some serious vintage credentials.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Another beautiful Glashutte.  If I had to pick out a few things I don't particularly like, it would be the numerals in that weird wavy font.  That, and the rotor looks a bit clumsy and blingy... I see something that reminds me of a clasp from a woman's handbag - you know the ones shaped to look like the brand initials - which is not what I want when admiring a Glashutte.

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