March 9, 2022
Although dive watches stand as arguably the single most popular category in the modern industry, by and large these sporting designs tend to follow a utilitarian, function-forward approach to design. With that in mind, small horological flourishes can leave an outsize impact on the character of a diver, and Glashütte Original’s SeaQ Panorama Date line is a textbook example of this principle in action. With its charismatic and classically German 4 o’clock date window, the SeaQ Panorama Date sets itself apart from a sea of diver designs at a glance while showcasing the brand’s movement-making expertise. For its first major release of 2022, Glashütte Original returns to this concept with a stylish new colorway. The new Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date in green brings a rich, nuanced new look to the line while maintaining its luxurious and uniquely Teutonic take on the dive watch formula.
This new Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date shares its 43.2mm stainless steel case with the rest of the line. The overall profile is an angular take on the classic dive watch silhouette, with abruptly cut-off lug tips, squared crown guards, and an elegantly narrow polished chamfer separating the broad-brushed planes of the vertical case sides and the lug tops. Glashütte Original imbues this familiar shape with a new personality courtesy of its ceramic bezel insert, rendered here in a deep forest hue the brand calls “reed green.” Green has been one of the most popular hues in watchmaking over the past several years, but Glashütte Original’s restrained, darker shade gives this watch a more mature and versatile character in images than many of its counterparts. Although the brand equips this model with a sapphire display caseback, the SeaQ Original Panorama Date complies with both the ISO 6425 and the stringent DIN 8306 standards for dive watches, with a robust 300 meters of water resistance.
As with the rest of the series, the dial of the new Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date in green gives a charmingly offbeat interpretation of the basic dive watch design formula. The oversized arrow-tipped minute hand and the blend of applied indices and simple Arabic numerals keep things ultra-legible at a glance but set this design apart in images amid a sea of sword hands and circular indices (although this offbeat look is likely to be polarizing among enthusiasts). The SeaQ Panorama Date’s most distinctive element in images, however, is its big date window at 4 o’clock. The two-wheel big date display is a staple of Glashütte Original and German watch design in general, and its placement here as opposed to the usual conservative Teutonic dress watch context reinforces the brand’s heritage and gives the watch a more upscale character in photos. The “reed green” lacquer dial finish reinforces this more refined personality, with a slight dégradé effect that gives the design a greater sense of depth. Glashütte Original’s use of dial-matching date wheels helps to keep the overall design clean and cohesive.
Glashütte Original powers this new SeaQ Panorama Date with its in-house Calibre 36-13 automatic movement. Secured inside the case with a unique and shock-resistant bayonet mount, the Calibre 36-13 offers a massive 100 hours of power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. The movement is handsomely decorated as well, with a perlage base plate topped by striped bridges and a matching balance cock. Blued screws and gold-inlaid engraved text heighten the sense of refinement in images, and a striped skeleton rotor with the brand’s emblem in gold completes the package. Glashütte Original pairs the watch with a trio of strap options, including a three-link oyster-style bracelet in stainless steel, a forest green rubber tropic strap, and a ruggedly handsome nylon fabric strap in sandy khaki.
By bringing a stylish new colorway to its offbeat and charismatic diver line, the new Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date in green creates a compelling and luxurious option for the dive watch buyer looking for an alternative to the usual suspects. The Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date in green is available now through authorized dealers. Starting MSRP for this watch stands at €11,000 as of press time. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.