Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With ‘1960s Original Dial Colors’ Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With ‘1960s Original Dial Colors’ Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

For 2017, Glashütte Original debuts a new limited-edition collection of five different watches within the Sixties Square family. Devotees of the brand might find it interesting that these are the first Glashütte Original watches initially debuted outside of Europe - in New York City today where I am with the brand for the product release. Limited to 25 pieces per watch, this set is known as the Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square - each inspired by colors present on watch dials the brand produced by the brand in the 1960s. The dials of these new models are all made by Glashütte Original's own dial maker in Pforzheim, Germany - serving to pay homage to Saxon brand's enduring legacy of "Made in Germany" fine watch making.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

This is about as funky as Glashütte, Germany-based Glashütte Original gets these days, and they do it feeling confident because as I said the brand produced similar watch dial colors (among many others) during the 1960s and 1970s. This historical fact merits a bit of attention because during this era the company was state-owned under communist-controlled East Germany (GDR). For GDR wrist watches, Glashütte made some remarkably "fun" stuff - much of which is visible at the watch museum (sponsored by Glashütte Original) in Glashütte (certainly worth a visit if you are in the area). In an otherwise "socially equal" culture, expression in the form of bright colors (in a variety of ways) was both tolerated and even promoted.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

The problem with a lot of these more historic actual vintage watches with wild colors is that in many instances the colors did not last well over the years. Unless stored in very particular conditions, the natural elements (such as sunlight) would cause colors to fade or altogether disappear a lot of the time. Only in recent years with more modern technology such as sophisticated lacquering techniques, PVD, and other processes are watch dials able to more permanently receive interesting and bold colors in a way that fits the longevity requirements of a luxury timepiece.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

With these limited edition models, Glashütte Original attempts to "show off" some of their technical prowess as well as embolden their own brand personality - and the result is quite beautiful. It is a good time to be a fine German watch maker as, compared to many of their Swiss counterparts, they are doing quite decently even in this challenging economy. Perhaps another conversation is merited in order to determine why it is that the Germany luxury watch industry has fared better than the Swiss one.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

According to Glashütte Original, such vivid dial colors first showed up in the brand's "Spezimatic" watches originally from the 1960s. The names of each of these Sixties Iconic Square watches is directly related to the dial color and include the Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Forest (green), Sixties Iconic Square Ocean (blue) Sixties Iconic Square Graphite (gray with an imprint effect), Sixties Iconic Square Tangerine (orange), and Sixties Iconic Square Fire (red). After spending some time with these fun colors and cool watches I certainly have some favorites - though it would be hard to choose just one. I think my top picks are the red, green, and blue dials.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

A technique known as dégradé is used for each of these Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square dials as they have a gradient effect for the colors. A manual process of applying a series of lacquer coats is used over a base galvanic coating. The dials are then oven baked to burn in the colors. The hour markers are each cut into the dial - it's a cool effect. According to Glashütte Original, each of the dials is thus slightly unique given how they are manufactured, and of course, each is meticulously made using hand-craftsmanship.

Grasping the effort required for the artistry is a necessary element in understanding the value proposition in watches such as these. Such dials are not simply cranked out mechanically using automated techniques, but rather require skill, trial and error, and lots of patience. A close inspection of the dials reveals the organic nature of each dial, complete with personality-lending imperfections and nuances. More so, as a proud German tool they are all legible with a good ability to see the flat-polished hands and hour markers. No really serious German art watch is a decorative item before it is a functionality timepiece.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

This year, in 2017, Glashütte Original celebrates 11 years of owning their dial maker that is located across the country in Pforzheim, but according to the brand has been working with suppliers in the region for many decades. Glashütte as a region is known for watch movement production, while Pforzheim - traditionally a jewelry making center - is where dials, cases, and bracelets are typically manufactured. It's nice to know this in order to appreciate who these various skills combine together into a cohesively German product combining effort from different parts of the country.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Each of the Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square watches comes in a polished cushion-style square case produced from steel. Size on the wrist is 41.35mm wide by 41.35mm tall. It feels large, but is very comfortable. While thoroughly modern, it is a very specific and well-rendered emulation of a vintage style case construction. With that said the materials and finishings are far superior to any actual vintage Glashütte Original watch I've personally seen.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Inside each Sixties Iconic is a Glashütte Original manufacture-made Calibre 39-34 automatic 30-minute chronograph movement. Given the domed nature of the dial, the minute hand and chronograph seconds hand are bent at the tips in traditional manner. The caliber 39-34 automatic movement operates at 4Hz with 40 hours of power reserve. In typical Glashütte style, it has a 3/4 plate construction and also has a swan-neck fine regulation system for the balance wheel.

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Watches With '1960s Original Dial Colors' Hands-On Hands-On

The five versions of the Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square watch will, as mentioned above, be limited to just 25 pieces each. Attached will be a thick-padded and comfy alligator strap in brown or black, as is best suited to the dial color. Really cool stuff for those interested in this collection and case shape but who have been looking for a more special reason to get one. Availability will be in Glashütte Original brand boutiques, as well as select third-party authorized dealers globally. Price for each is $9,700 USD. glashuette-original.com

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  • Sheez Gagoo

    This has been done better and cheaper by Seiko with their wonderfull recraft series.

    • simon

      Why is Seiko better? Cheaper, I agree…..Better? How about some facts with that statement?

      • And thus began the two-day long Nippon-Deutsch comment war….

        • Gokart Mozart

          Like the Porsche 911 vs Nissan Skyline GTR

          • Or Leica vs Nikon

          • SuperStrapper

            Beck’s v Sapporo?

          • I’ll take a Becks – more hops.

          • SuperStrapper

            Hey, if I could like that twice I would. Probably my all-time favourite macro beer.

          • Becks is what I usually have in the fridge. Becks Sapphire when I can get it is even better.

          • SuperStrapper

            I don’t drink anywhere near as much beer as I used to (but my scotch collection has a life of its own).

            I don’t know what it’s like for you on the island, but around these parts we are in a truly golden age of craft beer. That said, I’m now thirsty for a Beck’s.

          • Traveler

            About 10 years ago I decided it would be ‘better’ for me to just drink Vodka – no carbs, minimal calories… but if I drink a beer now it’s a Peroni….

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Peroni! Me too. But I like Becks (bottled) a lot too.

          • SuperStrapper

            Vodka for me = do not want. Odourless and tasteless is the polar opposite of everything I enjoy about booze.

          • dennis

            Best beer on the planet

        • Whoisi

          Mitsubishi vs Siemens

      • Beefalope

        I can’t necessarily make a general comment like that, but I can say this: I have a Seiko Grand Cocktail time in black ($900 list price), and when I compare it it to my GO Panograph ($14,000 original list price, although I got mine used at a much lower price), the Seiko dial, indices and hands are MUCH, MUCH better than the GO. This speaks to the unbelievable quality of Seiko, especially at lower price points. It also speaks (sadly) to what I’ve found to be sub-par dial work by GO. Yes, the GO has much better movement finishing — that’s not even close — but there’s no excuse for poor dial finishing by GO. And I’ve seen this on many GO watches.

        • egznyc

          I’m really curious about your experience with the sdgm – 003? – as I’ve had my eye on the grand cocktails for awhile. Holding me back is – in addition to my inability to see one in the metal – the thought that it’s a thoroughly modern design with flat crystal and chapter ring, for example. While one may simply have different tastes from others’, would you agree with my view on the non-vintage nature of the piece?

          • Beefalope

            It is a modern design with a tip of the cap to older designs, but yes, it does have modern elements. Still, I wouldn’t let that deter you. It’s a magnificent watch.

          • egznyc

            Thanks; I appreciate it. I’ll be in Asia later this year so I might well get an opportunity to actually try one on. If I do, I doubt I’ll be leaving without buying.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Just look at these beauties. But I have to admit, the GO movement is better than the movement used in the Seikos (no hacking, no handwinding), but the Seikos are much more appealing. They don`t have this grandfather look that makes them almost smell of bergamot through the screen. I admit, my comment was very subjectiv and I absolutely want to avoid any Deutsch-Nippon comment battle. I like the Seikos more.

  • ??????

    Green one is absolutely stunning. I want it badly, even though I don’t like cushion case shape and hate GO Gucci-style rotors.

  • IanE

    Hideous things to my eyes. A shame, the only things I like about these are the ’12’ and ‘6’!

  • otaking241

    Love the red–very outre. You get 90% of the impact of that H. Moser “Swiss” watch (with swiss cheese case) for 1% of the price.

  • IG

    DDR watches on steroids! Ahnold must love this.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Absolutely love this. Quite possibly by favourite watch under 10K. I would love to have the Grey and the Red Dial watch.

    Such a shame they are all lilmited editions.

  • Word Merchant

    Very nice… I particularly like the sunburst orange dial, although they all look pretty good. And no date!

  • BNABOD

    I quite fancy the blue and grey. Pretty cool and will do just fine over many many decades to come . Price for a LE of 25 is ok but I am not sure if it is “good” value in and in itself

    • Traveler

      I don’t think it is – how many GO collectors do you know ?

      • BNABOD

        None

  • mandimemike

    Want. Very badly want. The gold, green, and stamped grey dials are personal favorites. Happy to see GO continuing their success. Bravo!

  • wallydog2

    If we gasp now at what we thought in the 60s to be cool, what will future generations think when they see really cool watches from 2017? Remember “Leisure Suits”?

  • While obviously not in the same category, I find the Graf Zeppelin watches to be very close style-wise. If anyone is looking for a more budget friendly version of the GO. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e3d48af374215697be6e548f125e4a2e503f2a5f23002f09a436ba5bc59997b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a14a1da5a5e9aadb70b9349121b798331e90fd43e023acc996706fc71cd92696.jpg

    • SuperStrapper

      I assume that chronograph is a quartz caliber? I really want a mechanical bi-compax chronograph with Grande date. I love the look of that Zeppelin but a quartz watch in that style doesn’t appeal to me.

      • You are correct my amphibian friend. Although Big Date and Chrono in an automatic would probably be closer in price to what GO is asking. You would probably have to look for a Seagull movement at this price range.

        Still, Zeppelin make very attractive watches, and distinct enough at this price point. I would more likely start up a conversation with someone wearing a Zeppelin, than someone wearing a Tissot.

        Also I could potentially spend 500 on a nice Quartz Big Date Chrono as opposed to 1K for the Shinola equivalent.

        One other interesting brand that i’ve come across lately, is Polish brand Gerlach. They offer an automatic big date for around 450 euros. They do have many nice designs, and I could see them coming up with an automatic big date chrono in the 1K range perhaps. They already have a Seiko-based chrono at 240 euros!
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e7dd2be6fec8af1c6e4fa71fce6f6985c197cfa79abf2254ea355616aaba111.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5799ecd6f5f3802e19eb2c06649f51d576d4874d6a3213ff9d0a70d46642c787.jpg

        • Lincolnshire Poacher

          I’ve seen a lot of those Gerlachs on the affordable forums, they do a lot of interesting, novel watches.
          Zeppelin (and Junkers) both do quite a few really nice watches. There’s a very cheap quartz GMT that I really like. But, I just can’t get past the fact that they’ve bought the rights to the names of two National Socialist armaments companies.
          They have 0% to do with them, yet think it cool to use the name. Sorry, that’s seriously off.

          • Greenstar77

            How about some upfront reading before putting forth such simplistic and wildly incorrect claims?
            Both companies were founded by the eponymous ingenious inventors/constructors/industrialists–these watch brands are named simply after these engineers and businessmen.

            Junkers was not a National Socialist as you claim, but a socialist (I know, both end in –socialist, that must be very confusing…) and a pacifist. He was so openly against the National Socialists that his company got seized in 1934 by them, he passed away in 1935. Junkers was a supporter of art, industrial design (Bauhaus) and an absolutely ingenious constructor of all-metal airplanes, something unheard of before his time.

            Ferdinand Graf Zeppelin, a noble-born officer of the kingdom of Württemberg, travelled in the 1860 the US, met A. Lincoln and was granted the approval to attend the Secession Wars as an official observer. During that time he saw some usage of hot air balloons and took that thought very much further in developing his famous airships for commercial air transportation and with the onset of WWI for military use.
            I agree though, that the watches have nil connection with them but that is the case with quite a few brands named after people, therefore so what?

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            I went out of my way to put my point politely. I can’t be bothered to argue with you. I’m just going to point out to you the concept ‘category error’.
            The “people ” who gave the companies their name; and the armenants companies who built the machines that bombed where I live. Two different things. You make out I was talking about the first when I obviously wasn’t, I said Armenants “companies”.

            Junkers actually paid the SS Haftlingsentgelte for slave labour to build the bombers that bombed the UK.

          • Greenstar77

            Thanks for the polite answer, I appreciate it–hard to find this in these days of populist bashing.
            Please read my answer again: the watch brands are named after the respectable founders and not after whatever absolutely atrocious deed the Nazis did misusing their name. Nobody in his right mind would call their newly founded watch company after something from those dark ages.

  • A_watches

    Eewwww vomit inducing

  • I do want to eat these. Lovely.

  • Chaz

    Perhaps a little TOO groovy

  • Marius

    Problem #1 Round movement in a square case.

    Problem #2 Movement is small; case is big.

    Problem #3 Dials are appealing, but these watches can be worn only in the following scenarios: Rio de Janeiro/Venice Carnivals; Halloween parties; Miami witness protection programmes; and Odessa pimp gatherings/conventions.

    Problem #4 The movement has a rather modest finish considering the $10,000 price point.

    • Tim Blacklidge

      #5 what’s with the price jacking in the U.S. ( It’s 8100 euros, and for my American friends who don’t know how to do the conversion it’s $9700 – oh okay)

    • ??????

      #1 Haven’t seen a square rotor so far 🙂

  • sfbaydawg221

    When the Indian brand HMT was still around, they had an art deco style, like the GO Sixties. Granted quality control was a bit lacking, but if you were up to it one could even swap an entire movement for another if something broke.

  • SuperStrapper

    I’m generally not a fan of square watches, but I could get my wrist behind any of these. They have a few quirks I would switch out, but no deal breakers, and I enjoy the effect each colour has.

  • The high polish squarish case is the deal breaker for me with these dials. The case competes for attention and ruins what the dial could have brought to the watch with a more sedate looking case. Or one with some brushed finish surfaces. Too much shine everywhere. Otherwise, nice to have choices even if one has to question exactly under which circumstances you might wear some of the colors.

    • Ariel Adams

      I know what you mean, but it is the right type of shine. Feels more milky that chromed, which means it doesn’t just pick up and blur light. I think if you saw it hands-on you’d change your mind, and I say that because I know the types of polishes you are against.

      • Thanks Ariel – and that only proves what I’ve found out to be true after having seen watches in person that I was not thrilled about from photos – that seeing some watches in person makes one a believer. Some items need to be seen with your own eyes to appreciate them.

        And I do like high polish on some watches, just depends on the holistic result of all of the components working together. Gosh knows the Crash of ’29 / Skyscraper is a whole lot of high polish on the entire case.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Interesting

    • SuperStrapper

      A light brushed finish in a sunburst pattern could have been very interesting for these.

      • Yeah, that would have been interesting for sure.

  • HectorAsuipe

    Real purty. I think GO has some good design and are making a solid place for themselves.

  • Astronuts

    How many licks does it take to get to the balance wheel?

  • egznyc

    These ARE funky and fun. The price is a bit dear but given this brand and the very small number being released I get it. The red and green look yummy!

  • Yanko

    These are colors for vegetables not watch dials. They bark too loud.

  • Damien Scott

    I think these actually look classy in there own way. I like that the movement is in a square case, makes it more unique. The blue is especially nice. I think the other colours are a bit too in your face though.

    • Yan Fin

      Completely agree, absolutely love these designs. Not sure if I would wear such a watch frequently, but it is so cool

  • Jim B

    They are somewhat different and that’s the attraction for me, just dig those colors, very nice Mr. Adams!

  • Phil Dix

    Ugliest watch of 2017.

    • IG

      Don’t underestimate watch manufacturers, it’s only February.

  • Shinytoys

    I love these watches. Being a vintage collector, these are a dream come true. The detail and attention to assembly, plus the fit and finish is typical Germanic top shelf. I’d own more than one, simply because I would change up the color and bands. The price of just having one is a bit steep, but I understand why, it competes quality wise with the best watches available, vintage or not. Nicely done, Glashutte…

  • Larry Holmack

    Very cool watches…..or should I say….”Groovy man! Those are far out!” I need to find my old tie dyed shirts, bell bottom pants and platform shoes and go hit a disco wearing one of these!!

  • funNactive

    Eye catching color & shape combinations. If you want some attention.

  • meganekaneko

    very cool watches, the dials are beautiful! However, I feel the case is too shiny, so it gives a cheap impression.

  • John William Salevurakis

    Who is the genius who decided that we REALLY want to see the movement spacer? Same goes for the non-chrono as well. I think I would own the latter already were it not for this aspect of the watch.

  • Ulysses31

    These are pretty damn good-looking, especially the blue and green. I don’t know how many lollipops were needed to make those dials but they look delicious. I’ll just have to pretend that ugly rotor doesn’t exist.