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Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Like many other seasoned watch lovers, my affection for German watch maker Glashütte Original runs deep. It’s not just the classic yet spirited designs that tend to define the brand which are appealing, but it is also the enduring dedication to functionality and mechanical excellence that the region is known for. Yes, like many people who know watches well, I’m a big fan of what Glashütte in Saxony lends to the world of contemporary watches. So let’s look at one of the brand’s more avant-garde watches, yet one that is totally wearable on a daily basis, the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date reference 1-37-02-03-02-70 with the blue dial on matching steel bracelet.

I recall first putting a Glashütte Original Seventies watch on my wrist back when the brand released the collection in 2011. I had seen the watch in pictures prior to trying it out and was pleasantly surprised how much more I liked it when wearing it than the images would have suggested. Like many timepieces, this is one of those pieces that just happens to come alive when on the wrist as opposed to being viewed in the vacuum of marketing images. I think that is because the cushioned square case with its finely made tapering bracelet is particularly flattering to the organic curves of one’s hand and arm – which allows the design to sell itself through aesthetics and wearability. If you’re curious about another take, we previously reviewed the non-chronograph version of the Seventies Panorama Date watch here. In 2014, Glashütte Original followed up by expanding the Seventies collection with the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date that I review here today.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Speaking of square-cased watches, the Seventies case is 40mm wide by 40mm wide, and in the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date version it is 13.5mm thick (water-resistant to 100m). That makes it a true square, and the case itself feels a lot more like a retro television screen, which is intentional. Square or non-round watches are difficult to get right. Getting the proportions and overall design of a non-round watch correct such that it is both legible and looks good on the wrist is quite hard to do. Though when it is done correctly it has the makings of a classic.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

As a mental exercise, think of all the watches you can that are not round but are also timeless. There are a few of them, and they stand out amazingly well. Then, think of all the watches which have non-round cases which just didn’t work despite best efforts. If you know your watches, you’ll realize that the unsuccessful ones clearly outnumber the successful ones. So when it comes to non-round watches, there is great risk, but also great reward if the brand gets its right. In my opinion, the Glashütte Original Seventies, while not totally mainstream in its appeal, has the makings of a classic.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

In a sense, it is already a contemporary classic. Even though the modern version came out just a few years ago, Glashütte Original didn’t just name it “Seventies” because it loosely reminded them of the era. Rather, this collection, which includes models on various straps and three different dial colors, is directly based on watches that the brand released in the 1970s. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Glashütte Original came out with a large selection of really interesting and very “out-there” stuff. That meant a lot of experimentation with colors and case shapes. Recall that this was during a time when the brand was actually state-controlled, as Saxony was in what was then East Germany, run as a communist state. Nevertheless, the state was quite liberal with its designs, and it was a golden age of design that the Glashütte Original brand of today regularly draws inspiration from. Another square-cased model the brand produces which is inspired by the 1960s is the Glashütte Original Sixties Square (hands-on here).

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date isn’t a cheap watch, but people get it for the case design, detailing, and of course, the in-house-made movement. As I said before, it does take a relatively seasoned watch lover to really appreciate all the details and unique style here. It’s all about the case, movement, dial, and bracelet – all of which are produced in Germany.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

As all watches are sold or passed over because of their dial, let’s discuss the one on this Seventies Chronograph for a moment. This version is in a sunburst metallic blue, which is produced by Glashütte Original by their own dial-maker which is located elsewhere in the country, in Pforzheim, Germany. The blue is not just chemically applied, but done using a carefully designed technique using layers of varnish. Blue is a popular choice for watch dials today, and that’s a good thing since it offers a more inviting color than gray, and is a bit more friendly than, say, black, white, or silver. With that said, the challenge in making a good blue dial is in getting both the exact right shade and finishing. Too light or dark and it can easily ruin the appeal; too matte and it can look cheap; too glossy and it can affect legibility. So when you see a blue-colored dial that is done right, it’s easy to appreciate it.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

A lot of the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date dial is about referencing the past. You see that in the applied arrowhead-style hour markers, with small lume points applied manually around the periphery of the dial. The hands are perfectly sized in length, and painted with Super-LumiNova in the middle. They offer excellent contrast against the blue dial – which makes for a very welcome sense of readability in most lighting conditions. Both the hands and hour markers are produced from 18ct white gold – which allows for a nice polish and protects against tarnishing in the future.

Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Even though the Glashütte Original Seventies is more a sporty/casual watch, the hands and hour markers are a bit more formal in their design, albeit still easy to read. This was odd to me at first, but I came to appreciate it. The effect is a soothing, more traditional look that still has a bit of “polished pizazz” to it, which melds nicely with the otherwise sporty case. It makes for a sexy composition, which is a rare thing to say for a timepiece with a cushion-style square case. If there is one big compliment that I’d like to give the Glashütte Original Seventies case is that it manages to look sexy while also not looking typical.

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  • Marius

    I had the opportunity to handle this watch in person, and found it to be a high-quality timepiece indeed. Nevertheless, I find the price to be extremely optimistic.

    The case and dial are obviously of a very good quality, but pretty much on par with its main rivals. JLC, Blancpain, or Ulysse Nardin will offer a very similar quality level — if not slightly higher. Not to mention Grand Seiko, which is in another league.

    The 37-02 movement is not only interesting, but also packed with complications such as flyback, big date, etc. Even P.Dufour and K.Voutilainen argued that producing a new chronograph movement is an extremely challenging task. However, in person, the finishing looks rather underwhelming, and the decoration appears to be mostly machine-made. At this price point, I would expect a little more.

    Lastly, for me, the price doesn’t really reflect the current market realities. Considering that an Ulysse Nardin Marin Chronograph Annual Calendar costs $12,000; that an IWC Portugieser/Ingenieur Chrono (with an in-house flyback caliber) costs $12,000; and that the new Breguet Type XXI 3817 costs around $13,000, I really don’t see why I would pay almost $17,000 for the GO. Personally, if I had a budget of $17,000 and was interested in a non-round watch, my top pick would be either a new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400ST, or a pre-owned Royal Oak Jumbo 15202 with the great 2120 caliber.

  • BrJean

    GO knows how to make elegant and legible dials and this watch is no exception. However I think they should do something about their rotor design. Skeletonization and Geneva stripes looks fine ‘on paper’ but in reality this kind of rotor looks cheap and unmatched with the dial.

    Overall it’s a great watch though.

  • SuperStrapper

    T is a lovely watch with a truly harmonious design. Square watchers always have an uphill battle for me due to the hand size discrepancies. Ariel you mention these hands being ‘perfectly sized’ and they are quite nice, but don’t know that it is possible to get perfect hand sizes in a square watch. In the ‘corner hours’, between 1-2, 10-11, etc the hands will always be unable to reach, and if you make longer hands to suit that problem you’ll have them looking too long at the axis hours, 3, 6, 9, 12. If Parmigiani update the pf111 to suit a square case, I would be very interested.

    Regardless, this is a great watch with a design that should transcend generations.

  • Mark1884

    I really like GO, and think this offering is a great one. The watch has the retro look that I like. The beautiful blue dial is only complimented by the big date, power reserve & digital chrono hour display. (which I think is cool)
    The case & bracelet finish is excellent. The bracelet seems really “tight”, with minimal gaps. The adjustment system sounds very interesting, and I would like to try it out. Although I am not a fan of any integrated bracelet…..this one pulls it off nicely.
    I find the gold strip on the rotor different and nice, but would not have skeletonized it.
    Overall, the watch looks great to me, and I would like one.
    I do concur with Marius on the price. It does seem high, and is competing with some other fine watches at that price point.

  • BNABOD

    lovely watch. My 1st venture into the watch world was a rectangular watch (long sold) but to me this watch strikes a great balance between classy and sporty. I could have dealt with non polished center links. Not a fan of those but overall a great looking design. the blue dial is really special but it is quite a bit of dough for a whole steel watch with quite a bit of competition out there. not sure what the used market is like for these but this is where I would tend to go.

  • Omegaboy

    Beautiful watch. It’s too bad, though, that the bracelet is integrated with the case because it prevents the use of a strap. Some of us don’t like bracelets, so this watch is a no go.

    • Mark1884

      The watch can be worn with a strap. Due to the integrated bracelet, you have to buy the GO proprietary straps.
      That is the bad thing about an integrated bracelet/strap. You are stuck with the companys offerings.
      Unless you go with a custom strap maker.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Superstrapper comes to the rescue !, but beware, theirs a queue

        • Sheez Gagoo

          Not my mother tongue but “theirs”?

        • Sheez Gagoo

          I don`t buy at trolls. Nobody should.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Sorry ?

          • Sheez Gagoo

            This guy has a huge trolling history on this blog, calling other people “cuntlips” and other nice words. Marius has a collection of his trolling. In fact, he`s the worst troll here and he would have been banned billion times from this blog but there`s no moderation.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            He’s always been polite enough to me .

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Lucky you. Others were called “motherfuckers” or “Cuntlips” or even worse. I don`t give a fuck about him.

          • SuperStrapper

            But suggesting people commit suicide, totally acceptable.

            If you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen, cuntlips.

    • Marius
      • Larry Holmack

        Actually, I prefer the Alligator strap…but I doubt it would fit my wrist. But I am used to this and would have to get a custom made strap. A bit out of my price range, but I do like the vintage look of the watch!

    • Gokart Mozart

      I am not a fan of integrated bracelets either, and with a strap it just does not look quite right.

      Most if not all watches look better with proper lugs.

      As nice as the watch is I would so rather have the Sixties square chronograph.

    • Adam Brown

      Omegaboy I have this watch (SS Chrono with Blue Dial) and it actually came with the Blue Gator Strap as well – and because of the pseudo-tool-less link adjustment feature, you can have the strap on in about 40 seconds. (Kind of reminds me of the Panerai strap change system).

      Looks good on the croc but so much better on the bracelet. Plus the bracelet (and micro-adjust) is the favorite in my collection.

  • ProJ

    This watch proves you can put 4-5 complications in a wrist watch and at the same time keep it decently thin. Okay, it’s not particularly thin at 13mm, but similarly complicated watches from IWC, GS or Panerai are at least 4-5 mm thicker.

    On the other hand, I am not impressed with the aesthetics here.

  • DanW94

    Stellar looking bracelet, although what I like most about this watch are the two quirky design elements on the dial. The placement of the power reserve indicator in the sub-dial and the 12 hour chrono via the aperture at twelve. It gives the dial some character. Upon first glance I thought why does this watch have two date displays?

  • IG

    Hmmm, 70s in Germany, Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe, Stasi, Trabants, Boney M. and GUB, what to not like? A little bit of nostalgia is always nice.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Wake up people,…………….it’s 2017.

    • IG

      Very true. I woke up today and it’s …2017.

  • otaking241

    I think this is my favorite power reserve implementation of all time. I’ve argued in the past that automatic watches don’t really need a power reserve on the front of the watch but if they all looked this good I’d have no complaints. Also one of the best looking bracelets GO has done to date.

    That “double-G” logo has got to die though…

  • Shinytoys

    That piece is drop dead GORGEOUS ! Plus it’s built like a tank. I am a vintage collector and have about 5 pieces from the 70’s by this company, all of them really well done. I love the square face…immediately sets you apart from the current crowd, and every detail is seen to and exquisitely made. By Far, the best part of the review is to hear Ariel gush all over it in the video, I had to laugh. You can’t make that stuff up, the watch IS that good…Worth every nickel. Thanks A.A. Great review…

  • ??????

    I appreciate the vintage vibe in this GO and packing the chronograph together with power reserve, but.. I don’t like it.
    Firstly, this is strictly a bracelet watch and it looks awful on a strap in my opinion. Personally, I never ever wear bracelets, so I want normal lugs to play with different straps. Secondly, the movement doesn’t appeal me, especially the rotor, which is typically hideous as for any automatic GO. At 17k I wouldn’t even look at it since any from the list – AP RO / PP N / VC OS / GP L / P P look better in my opinion.

  • WINKS

    Cool tech but what a brick! …and fugly too.

  • spiceballs

    Very nice and with most of Ariel’s summary comments. Nicely clean and laid out dial but a little surprised by use of crown protectors (for this style) which might just as easily have been the pushers, as others have done? Agree, rather pricey.

  • benjameshodges

    It’s a lovely looking watch but the case thickness is really pronounced perhaps due to the case shape

  • HectorAsuipe

    This or SS Daytona? GO all the way.

  • JF Schnell

    GO at its best. loving this watch. amazing. Would love to get one of these.

  • Rob D

    I really love it, the large date and the hour counter really work, I’d love to see this adopted on a few more chronographs.
    The case looks a bit tall (probably the square shape), but there’s a lot I really like about it (except the price). I wish other manufacturers put the level of attention to detail seen on this into their watches.

  • A_watches

    i am sick to death of re-issues..enough is enough

  • Spangles

    Really nice alternative to the more typical daytona

  • Mischa

    What a wonderful piece. But 16k for “vintage”?… Not necessarily expensive (there is indeed a lot of bang for the buck), but that’s a lot of money for a trip back to the 70s.

  • I literally just saw this exact piece in a shop at the Munich airport and had to be physically dragged away from it.

    …it’s mine… my own… my precious…

  • Shinyitis

    It’s a beautiful vintage-looking thing. Plenty of panache and an interesting blue expanse dial, square crystal on square case makes nice tv viewing – made to be worn with steel bracelet.

  • E Ezel

    B e a u t i f u l timepiece just stunning

  • BRIAN

    Has anybody actually seen one for sale for $16k?? Why do watch Co’s insist on these outrageous fake MSRP’s???

  • Ulysses31

    Such a beautiful watch. The only thing i’d change (and have probably said this before) is the shape of the sub-dials, which I think would look more cohesive if they reflected the shape of the dial overall.

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