February 10, 2015
by Rob Caplan
In 2011, Glashütte Original introduced a new cushion-shaped case to their 20th Century Vintage collection called the Seventies Panorama Date. Last year at Baselworld, Glashütte Original introduced a new Seventies model featuring their new Calibre 37 chronograph movement: the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. Here, we compare the silver dial Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date to the brand’s other chronograph models, as well as the Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date. We’ve also included some photos of a prototype of the blue dial Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date that visited our store a few months ago.
The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date features many more complications than the brand’s other chronographs that have come before it. The 1960s Chronograph, Senator XL Chronograph, and the now retired Navigator Chronograph all featured versions of the Calibre 39 movement. These chronographs are all non-date models, featuring a bi-compax layout with two subdials. The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date adds several complications that are a first for Glashütte Original: a big (panorama) date, flyback, 12-hour register, and a power reserve meter. As it is their first column wheel chronograph, the button action is noticeably smoother than their other chronographs. In their press release for the piece, Glashütte Original describes the column wheel mechanism as simplified and containing fewer individual parts than a typical column wheel chronograph. The flyback complication allows the watch to be stopped, reset, and started again by pressing the bottom pusher while the chronograph is running. This is another first for Glashütte Original.
For a watch with so many features, the tone of the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is rather understated. The power reserve indicator is rather subtly introduced as a cut-out in the nine-o’clock subdial. When the watch has no power, the cut-out is white. As it gets more power, the white becomes black. Instead of using a subdial for the chronograph hour totalizer, it has a 12-hour counter disk window that is subtly placed right above the center hands. The subdials are subtly recessed and a slightly lighter shade of silver than the galvanized silver dial.
As would be expected, the Chronograph is considerably taller than the Panorama Date (14.5mm versus 11.5mm). Otherwise, the 40x40mm brushed and polished cases seem almost identical. Both feature subtle touches one would expect from a Glashütte Original: A sapphire case back revealing a three quarter plate, swan neck regulator, and gold inlay in the rotor. Strap models of the Senator 70s Panorama Date are $10,100, while the bracelet models are $11,600. The Senator 70s Chronograph Panorama Date are $14,900 on strap and $16,400 on bracelet. The watch comes in galvanized silver (shown in this post), galvanized ruthenium, and blue. Below are additional photos, most of which compare the silver dial dial Chronograph to the blue dial Panorama Date.