Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date Watch Review

Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date Watch Review

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Today, we'll have a look at a watch that Ariel first covered back in June of 2011 - the Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date. Of course that begs the question, to some extent, as to why we're covering it again. The primary reason would be that there have been some new strap options coming into the mix, but also for the simple fact that, back in 2011, it was impressions from the show floor. Now, we're bringing you a full, hands-on review of this German timepiece.

This is my first experience with the Glashütte Original brand, and I think it's made for a nice little introduction (hopefully for a few of you, as well). As you may guess by the name, this watch pulls some design influences from the 1970s, and it thankfully does so without being overly "old" feeling. To start with, you've got the stainless steel case, which measures in at 40mm square, and is 11.5mm thick. As Ariel noted in his writeup, it's a sort of squared-off cushion style - which means it's right in my wheelhouse, as I seem to have a fondness for that case style.

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Next up from the 70's soundtrack, you've got a galvanized dial (our sample was in gray) with its sunburst pattern radiating from the center. They've also eschewed numerals on the dial, instead opting for polished arrowhead style indices as hour markers. This too feels like a retro cue to me - as well as giving the dial a bit of flash that it might otherwise miss. Aside from making it visually interesting, it lets the watch work for all but the dressiest of occasions.

Then again, with the new rubber strap (it's this strap, plus alligator leather, that are new this year), this flips back over to the sporty side of the spectrum. Add in those lumed hands, and the (almost) hidden lumed pips on the outside edge of the indices, and you've definitely got a watch with some sporty leanings. So, what kind of a watch is it? Is it a sport watch, or is it a dress watch? Frankly, I think it works well in either scenario. Obviously, you're not going to go hiking with this watch, nor are you likely to pair it with a tuxedo (at least on the rubber strap - with the leather or bracelet, you certainly could). So long as you're not in those edge cases though, I think you're good to go. In other words, this watch will work well for most day-to-day activities.

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That's precisely where it excelled for me. The relatively thin case fit well to my wrist, with the deployant clasp on the rubber strap locking things snugly into place. One note on that deployant, especially if you're used to adjusting it out (or in) a notch throughout the day, Glashütte Original relies on a screwed-in post to hold the position, so this is definitely not a quick change scenario. Not a big deal, but something I thought I'd note.

Also of interest (while we're talking about the strap), is the fact that they commonly mount the strap reverse to what we'd normally expect. What I mean by this is that the short end of the strap (with its attendant keepers) is mounted at the bottom edge of the case, rather than the top. Since we're working with a deployant on the watch, this isn't a difficulty for taking the watch off, or putting it on. It's just another visual difference for the piece, and something to mention. Of course, your retailer can easily reverse this, if you so desire.

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11 comments
spiceballs
spiceballs

Like it a lot and is one of the few that I might be tempted (on bracelet) but for the price - ouch!

nateb123
nateb123

Very cool.  Not only does the case looks eerily similar to the Zodiac Olympos SST but a few design features seem to be direct attempts to solve the problems of that watch (namely thickness).  I would bet someone on GO design team is probably wearing one right now.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

A beautiful and masculine yet understated and stylish piece.  The synthetic strap on this looks silly to me - bracelet all the way.

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

Now THIS is my speed.

Although I've long been curious about a Monaco, this scratches the 70's itch even better. There's basically nothing I don't like about this one except for the rubber strap...heh. I need to go to their site and see the leather. But man, this is a fantastic piece.

MikeinFrankfurt
MikeinFrankfurt

I remember when this came out and I was really excited to see it.  In the metal, to me, it looked a bit too plain and scarily like a very antiseptic rectangular Seiko from the early 80's.  Despite the typically amazing finishing by GO, it just doesn't float my boat.  The Sixties no-date, on the other hand, is an entirely different story...

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Very cool watch, I'd have it in the stable without a doubt, but it's not a $10k watch. 


It looks great on the bracelet, and I could see it suiting a strap, but it looks downright awful on that rubber. The deployment looks to be really nice, I'd like to take a crack at it, and those odd anti-lugs. When you do a case like that, the bracelet looks so at home, but straps always looks awkward. Rolex anyone?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

The concave (reverse domed) crystal is a very cool idea. First I've heard of that. Thanks for the review Patrick.

Stuart Russell
Stuart Russell

@Kris CWhy Rolex anyone? Isn't that really missing the point? I'd suggest this watch is the ideal antidote to a Rolex DD for the price (which in my opinion is entirely reasonable for what you are buying). I'd much rather wear a GO than a Rolex - their movements are gorgeous, the brand has great heritage and the level of craftsmanship is right up there with the best in the business - but then I prefer the less obvious choice. It's a little less Ferrari, a little more Maserati, I'd proffer. And that can only be a good thing.


SGR

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

@Stuart Russell I agree completely - I'd wear GO any day, and I have almost zero interest in Rolex. My comment was in regard to the lug 'remnants' once the bracelet is removed. Quite similar, and I'm not a fan. Looks great with the bracelet, looks kinda crappy otherwise.  

Stuart Russell
Stuart Russell

@Kris C My apologies for the misunderstanding, and I see your point. I think the grey version on the dark alligator strap is handsome enough, but bracelet would also be my preference - the rubber strap does nothing for the watch at all.

SGR

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