Watches: Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on June 22, 2014

Regular readers of Watch Agora may remember my recent article about the Senator Chronograph Panorama DateWatches: Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date (+live pics) that luxury brand Glashütte Original introduced at Baselworld 2014. Available in platinum or red gold, this elegant timepiece houses an entirely new integrated chronograph movement, the calibre 37-01, designed and manufactured in-house at the brand’s workshops in Saxony.

But for the watch aficionados who prefer their timepieces with a vintage-inspired look, the German manufacture also placed another version of this impressive movement, namely the calibre 37-02, into their “Seventies” case. Faithful to a period of exciting new shapes and development in design, the so-called “Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date” could very well be the perfect watch for those in search of a sporty model with high watchmaking standards and a distinctive retro appeal.

Firstly, the outstanding features of the calibre 37-02 call for some technical comments. This robust flyback chronograph presents a simplified column-wheel mechanism with fewer individual parts. It beats at the frequency of 4 Hz and features a bi-directional rotor that manages to store 70 hours of power reserve in a single spring barrel. The oscillation system has no regulator on the spring for optimum isochronism and rather uses four gold screws on the balance rim.

Despite featuring a wide range of functions, the dial layout is surprisingly uncluttered and beautifully balanced. The hours and minutes hands share the central position with the stop-seconds hand of the flyback chronograph function. Two registers face one another at 3 and 9 o’clock. The 30-minute chronograph counter sits in the former while the small seconds display shares the 9 o’clock register with a small aperture for the black and white power reserve indicator. Below the brand’s name at 12 o’clock, a small semi-circular window reveals a rotating disc with Arabic numerals from 1 to 12: this is the 12-hour counter for the chronograph. Facing it at 6 o’clock and completing the symmetry, one finds the large date window.

This sophisticated mechanism is housed in a 40 x 40 mm stainless steel case with a satin-brushed finish that contrasts nicely with the polished surface of its soft-cornered square bezel. The screw-down crown with subtle protectors and the rectangular chronograph pushers are perfectly integrated into the case and barely alter its distinctive vintage design. The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is fitted with anti-reflective sapphire crystals on both the front and back. The back of the watch reveals the traditional three-quarter plate with “Glashütte” wave finish, blued screws and the brand’s skeletonised 21-karat gold oscillating weight with the double-G logo.

The German manufacture has also decided to offer dial variations for everyone’s taste. This Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is indeed available with galvanised ruthenium, silver or blue dial. All of them feature a refined sunburst finish. The SuperLuminova-filled hands and hour markers of all versions are in white gold and each model can be bought with an elegant Louisiana alligator strap (blue with the blue sunburst dial, black with the silver sunburst dial, and grey with the ruthenium sunburst dial), a sporty black rubber strap or a multipurpose stainless steel bracelet.

With a price range from US$ 14,900 (rubber) to US$ 16,400 (bracelet), the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date offers a lot of Fine Watchmaking features for the money. It is also an extremely refined model in terms of design: the vintage look is trendy right now but it is rarely as beautifully executed as it is here. I also think it is an extremely good idea to offer so many variations: the three dial colours cover a wide range of tastes and whenever you want to wear the watch, there is a suitable strap/bracelet for the situation.