Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

Earlier this year, Glashütte Original launched a steel version of its Senator Chronograph Panorama Date watch. Originally launched in 2014 with precious metal cases, this watch was praised thanks to its in-house developed, column-wheel flyback chronograph movement, a significant accomplishment for the brand. With this new steel version, the Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is half the price as the gold model. Of course, the watch is still priced at around $15,000 (on a rubber strap!) so let's see what the offering here is.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

When I think of Glashütte Original, I think of big date windows and relatively contemporary sized (40mm and above), well-executed wrist watches. While most of the line up has a formal, dress watch feel to it, they're also not afraid to experiment with color as the Glashütte Sixties Iconic Square collection proved. Given the complications of the watch in question today, I can't help but think that the Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is what you would look to if you wanted a timepiece similar to A. Lange & Söhne's Datograph without the sticker shock (and a sportier look, but more on that later).

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

As I mentioned earlier, one of the highlights of this watch is the movement, Glashütte's calibre 37-01. An automatic movement, it offers a flyback chronograph, big date, and power reserve complication. A flyback chronograph allows the user to reset the chronograph without stopping it first, a useful feature to have if you were timing laps in a race or two events in close succession.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

It is only recently in the long history of watchmaking that so many brands have invested the time and resources to developing in-house chronograph movements. While there are reliable and capable options such as the Valjoux 7750 available, the ability to develop something in-house affords the brand quite a bit of bragging rights and is valued by the modern day collecting community. Of course, there is an ongoing debate on the value of in-house movements as well as indictments of the practice that are quite convincing. However, we can't let this broader discussion steer us away from talking about the movement at hand.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

The calibre 37-01 beats at 4Hz and offers 70 hours of power reserve. The brand even claims they have a new oscillation system that guarantees only a 5% deviation from that 70 hours of power reserve. The chronograph mechanism has a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour counter and is activated by a column-wheel. Generally, chronograph movements are either clutch activated or column-wheel activated and while the former is easier to design and manufacture, the latter is claimed to provide a smoother pusher action and less wear on components over time.

The movement is visible through a display caseback and in true Glashütte style, there is a three-quarter plate, swan-neck regulator, heat-blued screws, and plenty of beveled edges. The rotor is 21ct gold and decorated with a 'double-G' motif.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

Looking at the case in steel, the thin double-step bezel and the curved lugs help give the watch a more casual, almost sporty look. This is further accentuated by the prominent fluted screw-down crown. The pushers are rectangular and follow the case shape, however. It seems like Glashütte was trying to walk a fine line between making this watch look too sporty or too formal.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

At 42mm wide and 14.6mm thick, this is a fairly large sized watch and this is more a consequence of technical limitations as an automatic chronograph movement can only be so thin. While aesthetically, the watch wouldn't look out of place with a suit, it's definitely not inconspicuous enough to be a true dress watch. It is rated to 100m of water resistance and the accompanying rubber strap means you can take it swimming with you – just remember not to operate the pushers underwater.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

The dial is where some of the biggest design changes have been introduced that lend this watch its casual look. The base dial is varnished in a deep, rich black, unlike its precious metal siblings, and for those used to looking at traditional three-dial chronographs or even the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph, the Glashütte turns things on its head – literally. The 12-hour counter is now at 12:00, with running seconds and power reserve at 9:00, 30-minute counter at 3:00, and the panorama date down at 6:00. With all the functions this watch offers, it's no surprise that there's a busy dial and while most of it is well designed, I do find the "Glashütte I/SA" printed right above the 12:00 sub-dial to be unnecessary and a bit of an eyesore.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

The lack of applied markers and limiting the Roman numerals to just 12:00 and 6:00 is a decision that I appreciated here. The markers are now printed in blue Super-LumiNova. The hands are polished white gold and filled with Super-LumiNova as well – including the chronograph seconds hand. Even in daylight, legibility is not an issue as the polished hands contrast well against the black of the dial. I particularly like the 'double-G' counter weight on the end of the seconds hand.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date Watch In Steel Hands-On Hands-On

I've always had a soft spot for black-dial chronographs like the A. Lange & Söhne Datograph and 1815 Chronograph, so it's no surprise that I find the Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date appealing. The dial layout may not be to everyone's liking but overall this is a well-designed, well-made, and mechanically interesting watch. Sure there are other chronographs with in-house movements that cost less, but they don't quite offer the same things that this does. The included rubber strap is a nice touch and a sign that Glashütte really wants you to look at this as a casual watch. The Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date is now available for $16,400 on a bracelet and $14,600 on a rubber strap or leather strap with contrast stitching. glashuette-original.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (27)
  • Interesting (9)
  • Classy (8)
  • I love it! (7)
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  • Pete Pete

    damn, that dial looks like it’s made from molten barbie doll plastic.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      No, in this case it would be sold as a succesfull Mattel-Glashütte cobranding, the best of both world. Legend meets legend.

  • A_watches

    $11.5k from grey dealers according to chrono24 and this represents decent value: big date, fairly good finishing, in house column wheel movement, pr…. However, it is quite boring, I think they will have a hard time shifting these given competition at the price range unless heavily heavily discounted, I’m thinking $9k and there will be takers

  • benjameshodges

    Really enjoyed reading this review. Picked up on design qualms I hadn’t initially noticed.

    I am also starting to grow tired of seeing permanent lume (perma-lume / daylight lume?) on dials. The 37mm Rado CC black dial comes to mind. I prefer it when the lume only shows in darkness.

  • Phil leavell

    Well written article enjoyed it.thanks praneeth.
    I tried this puppy on and it takes off a lot of the boxes. The finish of the face is very nice I prefer a 24-hour count sub dial and we people with an 80 centimeter or larger this watch sits very comfortably. Date Windows large and nice for us with poor eyesight but ilass my brain is not failing so it is priced high. And for that reason it gets 6??

  • JF Schnell

    Would straight away go to the shop to get this shop to get this one first thing in the morning… just to find later that bank account says NO… but really a very wonderful watch. I saw one and just wish I had the money to take it home. Such a wonderful timepiece.

  • Marius

    Glashütte Original has always been among my favourite brands. To me, their designs are attractive, interesting & original, and their in-house calibers are very capable. Another aspect that I really like is the fact that GO is a relatively low-key brand, with a limited annual production of under 7,000 watches. Nevertheless, over the last few years, Swatch Group seems to have placed GO on a rather bizzare path.

    Firstly, GO seems to concentrate less on the finishing & decoration department. For instance, the movement of this watch is technically interesting, but if you take a closer look at the finishing — especially looking at the macro shots — you will see that the decoration is not very impressive. Many components have a rather mediocre, machine finish. Sure, if this watch was priced in the $5,000 – $9,000 range, then I would understand. However, at over $15,000, I would expect much more.

    Secondly, and most importantly, GO is increasing its prices to ridiculous levels. For instance, the recently released Senator with the new in-house 36 caliber (a three-hander) costs $10,000, and this chronograph costs $15,000. I’m sorry, but I find these prices quite exaggerated considering that even prestigious and well-known brands encounter difficulties in selling their watches.

    Furthermore, most of GO`s direct competitors charge significantly lower prices. For instance, the IWC Portugieser Flyback Chronograph with the in-house caliber, which I find better-looking, more versatile, as well as featuring a more attractive movement, costs $12,000. Can someone explain me why the GO is almost $3,000 more expensive? Similarly, the Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chrono featuring the great F385 caliber (5 Hz, column wheel/vertical clutch, flyback, silicon escapement, pushers can be activated even at 300m under water) costs around $12,500. Again, why is the GO $2,500 more expensive? Not to mention that the Rolex ceramic Daytona aka John Mayer` watch of choice aka the greatest watch in the history of humanity costs around $12,000. In fact, even with the price premium, the Daytona still is cheaper than the GO.

  • SuperStrapper

    Interesting how one article later a $15k watch on a rubber strap doesn’t seem to be a problem. At almost $2k added to the package price (and I assume even more expensive half added on later down the road a la carte) the bracelet must be outstanding. I’ve tried several GOs on but have never seen on one a bracelet.

    The layout here is great and I’m a sucker for food grande dates, a forte of Germanic brands it seems. The movement looks technically well designed but I think some colour contrasting would help show it off better. There is anglage and it looks well done, but the tone matched screws seem like an odd choice when heat blued would have upped the luxury index. A few bridges or a plate darkened or black plated goes a long way in showing depth and helps to show off good architecture.

    • Marius

      “Interesting how one article later a $15k watch on a rubber strap doesn’t seem to be a problem.”

      I’m sorry, but what are you talking about?

      1. Almost all commenters are criticising the price, and arguing that $15,000 is much too high of a price. What’s more, most commenters are suggesting that a price of around $10,000 would be much more appropriate.

      2. As far as I can see, the Glashütte Original uses a rather capable in-house movement, whereas the Hüblottt uses a cheap & pedestrian 7750.

      • SuperStrapper

        No need to apologise.

    • cluedog12

      The bracelets are outstanding. Have a circa-2010 bracelet for my Panograph and couldn’t be happier with it. The price was too damn high (1400 EUR), but I was at the manufactory and I finagled them to throw in a big coffee table book to make me feel like less of a chump. The bracelet itself is quite substantial, featuring a gapless design (no hair pulling) and well-executed finishing on all surfaces. It’s built like a tank. The icing on the cake is the clever micro-adjust on the clasp. Press in the double-G logo and the bracelet can be micro-adjusted a few mm.

      Not everyone will appreciate the sheer mass of the bracelet, but it exudes quality. The newer bracelets have upgraded the clasp further and changed the link removal system to something a bit more needlessly clever. Was quoted 3100 USD a la carte in 2014, so I’m sure it’s around that now.

      • SuperStrapper

        Nice insight. That is a hefty price so im sure they must be engineered with excellence.

  • Jerry Davis

    I like the watch. The price is insane.

  • I love how the Roman numerals are more of a design flourish, rather than a central design foundation. In fact, I like a lot of the things Glashutte is doing, except their pricing model; if i was going to drop $16K on a Glashutte, it would be on the Seventies Chronograph Panorama, and not this reference. (And especially not on a rubber strap. The only time your watch should be on a rubber strap is if you’re a tech diver or a 12 year old.)

    Luckily, grey market puts the price of either at a more approachable and more realistic $11K, which is what the MSRP should have been in the first place. When the Swiss watch industry (yeah, I know, Glashutte is German, but it’s owned by a Swiss company, which makes it part of the Swiss watch industry) recognizes that their MSRP – Boutique AD – Discount AD – Grey market pricing hierarchy is irrevocably broken, then we can all have a serious conversation about the “problems of the Swiss watch industry”.

    • benjameshodges

      A. Lange & Söhne are owned by Richemont. I guess ALS are Swiss too by that logic.

      • Yes, they’re part of the “Swiss Watch Industry” since Richemont is a Swiss conglomerate with Swiss marketing, Swiss pricing, Swiss corporate hierarchy and, subsequently, all the same problems we keep hearing about the Swiss watch industry. Jomashop discounts ALS watches by as much as 33%, depending on the model.

        That’s a problem.

    • cluedog12

      Let’s not forget the lower labour costs in Glashutte relative to pretty much all of Switzerland.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        …and the weakness of the Euro compared to the Swiss Franc.

  • Yan Fin

    I generally love Glashütte. However this model looks 1. too expensive for the finish and looks, or 2.too cheap for the price – pick one. Rubber strap is an insult -even if it’s ‘ genuine rubber’.

  • BNABOD

    I am sorry but while I do appreciate GO here it is not working. Look at the printing of the word “original”, look at the movement finishing which far away looks decent but close up looks machine made , look at the crappy strap then look at the price . Ok to be fair still a lot better than the Hub on crazy steroids but still out of this world price wise. Kind of like Jacquet Droz 15 k that turns to 5 when barely used . To me for a similar look and half the price then go Zenith.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    I suspect most of the bitching about this item are from:
    1) those who could never afford to buy this item

    2) those who have never had an item of such quality as this.
    Reading this very good review did not cost me a cent.

    Nice watch, as one would expect from G. G.
    Thanks.

    • Marius

      You suspect wrong.

      My personal collection consists of a pre-owned Patek Philippe 3940 Perpetual Calendar; a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Calendar; an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15400; and I have recently ordered another Audemars Piguet.

      So I guess you are right:

      1) I could never afford such a watch, and
      2) I have never owned a watch of such quality.

      • SuperStrapper

        Sure kid.

        • Phil leavell

          I have suspicions to l think
          Marius is a bullshitter fraud. But that’s okay if he wants pose and posture alter egos can be wounded easily so give him a sympathy up vote

          • SuperStrapper

            No need. Dinkee/xm/skeletor and how many other accounts his prepubescent sidekick has will log in under each to do the upvoting. It really lends a lot of credibility to the snarky opinion, half baked insights, and partially plagiarized rhetoric.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Wow, you must be loaded.

        • Marius

          Indeed, I’m a wealthy Monegasque. Nevertheless, my collection is certainly less expensive than that. Here is the breakdown.

          – The Patek 3940 was bought pre-owned, and was given to me by my grandparents when I graduated from the London School Of Economics.

          – I bought the JLC Master Calendar from the boutique in Geneva, and it cost me exactly CHF 9,500.

          – The AP Royal Oak was bought from the AP boutique in Monte Carlo for €17,000.

          So, overall, I paid around €26,000 for these watches.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Seems plausible.

          • HectorAsuipe

            Anybody who went to the LSE would only refer to it as the LSE.
            Much more believable that you’ve blown the money on the watches.

          • Marius

            You seem to have a problem with basic logic.

            Firstly, ABTW is not dedicated exclusively to the London School Of Economics students and alumni. Granted, the London School Of Economics is one of the finest academic institutions in the world; however, I doubt that absolutely everyone in the world knows what LSE stands for.

            Secondly, I didn’t exactly “blow money on the watches.” In fact, if I were to sell my timepieces, I would not only break even, but I would even make a small profit. For instance, my grandparents bought the Patek 3940 for under €30,000, and nowadays, this watch sells for around €40,000. Similarly, my blue-dialled Royal Oak 15400 sells at a premium because the reference with the blue dial is being produced in very limited quantities.

          • sfbaydawg221

            You went to the LSE? That’s a place for not too bright people.

        • SuperStrapper

          And if you believe any of that I have an absolutely amazing deal on the Brooklyn bridge for you. Limited time offer though.

    • IanE

      Sometimes people just don’t like a watch or some aspects of said watch, full stop! I haven’t commented on this watch until now (though I have agreed with a couple of posters). I have a Lange 1815 up/down, a Breguet La Tradition, a JLC Geophysic Universal Time, a JLC MUT Moon and 3 Omegas: feel free to assess relative to your 1st and 2nd points.

      • Dr. Renato Lazarus

        You have a Breguet Tradition? Holy hell, where’s my fainting couch?

        • IanE

          The yellow gold, ref. 7027ba, variant. Not exactly an everyday watch – but I think of it as a (relatively speaking) poor man’s version of the MB&F LM101 !

          • Dr. Renato Lazarus

            Wow, well done Ian.

    • TheChuphta

      Completely agree. I find it revolting that the mouth breathing proletariat would have the audacity to look upon this glorious creation, let alone comment on it! Their opinions are like their portfolios, worthless! To even think of their greasy hands defiling such a divine piece of craftsmanship sends shivers down my spine.

  • Word Merchant

    A lovely watch. Glashütte need to make the following three improvements right now, before too many of these watches are sold:

    1. Get rid of the writing above the hour dial as per Praneeth’s suggestion.
    2. Change the date font to be a bit less Franklin Mint and a bit more in keeping with the fonts used elsewhere on the dial.
    3. Change the pushbutton profile to be circular rather than oblong. I generally don’t like oblong buttons, even if they are easier on the fingers.

    That’s it really.

  • cluedog12

    Another beautifully executed chronograph with a unique aesthetic. You can be sure it looks awesome on the bracelet too.

    At $15,000 retail, you might look at the utilitarian movement finishing and wonder, like me, why they didn’t get out the pegwood and put a bit of shine on those plates. It’s not as puzzling as it was with the gold and platinum versions though. On the upside, the simplified construction could mean the 5-year servicing will be around $800 instead of $1400. For those who want more hand finishing, Glashutte offers the quirky Panomatic Counter XL in steel for $25,000 retail.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Really not ugly, really not bad. Overpriced as hell. Decent but not spectacular.

  • TrevorXM

    Love the lume, the big date, overall character. Sure, price is an issue, and little more movement decoration would be good. But compare this pretty cool watch with some character with the fail IWC lump from just a few days ago: https://www.ablogtowatch.com/iwc-ingenieur-chronograph-special-edition-watches/

  • Raymond Wilkie

    16k for a rubber strap !

  • Berndt Norten

    Did someone from Breitling move to Glashutte? Way too busy.

  • Jon Heinz

    I’m not usually into anything besides sporty watches and divers but damn it, I really like the looks of this. If I had the budget for a steel Daytona I’d seriously consider this instead. Just be a little more…careful whilst wearing it.

  • SVK

    Glashütte Original is easily one of my favorite manufacturers and I own two of their pieces. Aesthetically, I really love this watch, but the MSRP is most certainly too high. Sure, second-hand buying or grey market/discounts correct that a bit, but it does not help the brand build equity with the market to overprice their watches from the factory only to have them heavily discounted down the distribution chain.

  • Ross Diljohn

    I curse my poverty in the face of this offering from the watch gods. If I had the money I would send it to Glashutte along with a fatted calf offering.

  • Kuroji

    This seems like an especially horrible strap, even by rubber strap standards.

  • Larry Holmack

    I really like this watch, except for a few things:

    1) The extra writing below the XII….needs to go away. It’s unnecessary!
    2) The strap….please….for that kind of money you can afford a much better strap on this watch. 3) $1800 for a bracelet? C’Mon man!!! Do you think you’re Rolex??

    • spiceballs

      With their new movement/reserve GO may even consider themselves a step up from Rolex? I’m amused that they use “GG” instead of “GO” insignia especially when GO would seem so much more apt for a chrono?

  • WINKS

    Great use of lume. Solid offering from GO. On a separate note, ABTW seems to desperately need a proper wrist model.

  • HectorAsuipe

    Strange mix of elements. Painted Roman numberals? Rubber strap? But in the end, it’s quite attractive.
    Can ABTW please give us the lug-to-lug and maybe a picture from further back than 5cm?