In my time here writing about watches, I’ve only handled a few from Glashütte Original. Of those models, I came away the most impressed with the models that had their “big date” complication, known as Panorama in their syntax. Here, they sort of up-end expectations with the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama.
Why is it upending expectations? This is because the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama is a dive watch. Date complications aren’t necessarily needed when you’re underwater, so they’re often omitted. With this watch, we’ve got a tacit nod to the fact that many of these will never dive, let alone get in the water. Still, should it occur, they’ve made sure that the watch can handle it. They’ve done that by designing it to conform with the DIN 8306 and ISO 6425 standards, which results in a watch with a 300m WR rating.
As part of being a diver, that means the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama has a timing bezel. Here, it’s of the 120-click, unidirectional sort with a ceramic insert. Set into that you’ve got a domed sapphire crystal, which gives things a little bit of a vintage vibe. View it artistically, and you can look at it as a large, flat waterdrop covering the whole dial.
The dial of this Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama is a new color for the line, reed green. This nets a crisp green-and-white color scheme that carries over into that Panorama date display. Over the dial, you’ve got an elongated handset, with the hour hand clearly marked out with the larger arrow tip on it’s end. No problems mixing up the hands when you’re trying to time something on the bezel.
All of this is driven by the 36-13 movement inside. Its silicon balance spring helps the movement resist influences from magnetic fields. Spinning over that is the signed rotor, which helps the watch get to – and maintain – its 100 hour power reserve. That’s right – you could have this watch setting on your dresser for 4 days with no interaction, and it will still be happily running .
We’d say that the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama is a lovely example of a dive watch being taken to a more luxurious extreme, with looks and finishing to match the technical capabilities of the piece. That sort of thing does not come cheaply, though. If you’d like to get one of these Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama watches for yourself, it’ll run you $11,500. If you don’t care for this new color, there’s also grey, black, and my favorite, blue. And if you don’t like the Panorama date for some reason, you can opt for one that’s a traditional date window that comes in a more compact case. Check out the full collection over at glashuette-original.com
Tech Specs from
- Model name: SeaQ Panorama Date
- Launch year: 2022
- Reference number:
- 1-36-13-07-83-06 (with rubber strap and pin buckle)
- 1-36-13-07-83-08 (with synthetic fabric strap and pin buckle)
- 1-36-13-07-83-33 (with rubber strap and foldover clasp)
- 1-36-13-07-83-34 (with synthetic fabric strap and foldover clasp)
- 1-36-13-07-83-70 (with stainless steel bracelet)
- Movement: Automatic Calibre 36-13, finely finished movement
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, Panorama Date
- Special features: Tested for compliance with DIN 8306 and ISO 6425 standards for diver’s watches
- Frequency: 28,800 A/h, equivalent to 4 Hz
- Case: Polished/satin-brushed stainless steel, rotating bezel with ceramic inlay, engraved case back with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 30 bar
- Dimensions: Diameter: 43.2 mm, height: 15.65 mm
- Dial: Green lacquer, applied numerals and indexes with Super- LumiNova® inlays
- Hands: Inlaid with Super-LumiNova®
- Straps: Black rubber or grey synthetic fabric strap, each with pin buckle or foldover clasp, or a stainless steel bracelet