For those nostalgic for the good ole days, the major German watchmaker will soon introduce its gorgeous (yes, I insist) Glashutte Original Seventies Panorama Date (Ref. 39-47-12-12-14) automatic watch that features that same gorgeous Square Shape with Rounded Angles design that at some point has become signature for fine timepieces of the beautiful decade.
Presented in a mid-sized 40 x 40 millimeters stainless steel cushion-shaped case, the new watch somewhat reminds me of the last year’s 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing: undoubtedly high-tech and modern, it nevertheless screams 1970s with its streamlined bezel, flowing lugs and smooth crown-guards while still having enough time and energy left to pay homage to their progenitors.
Like the last year’s Glashütte Original Senator Sixties Panorama Date watch, the new model is powered by the same GO 39-47 self-winding caliber that features GO’s signature Panorama Date complication.
In two words, the module is effectively a pair of coaxial and coplanar disks with the smaller inner disk bearing numerals 0, 1, 2, 3 and the larger outer disk featuring numerals from 0 to 9. The module offers both high compactness and generally looks better than a standard Big Date job where the two disks stay on different planes.
As usual for the German-based brand, the mechanism is meticulously finished with all the usual stuff you expect from GO including beveled edges, skeletonized oscillating weight, polished screw-heads, the whole nine yards. It is actually a great pleasure to see a product done by a watchmaking specialist who has a solid reputation of a company that never cuts corners in order to save a penny: for the MSRP of $11,600, this ref. 39-47-12-12-14 offers you probably the best “value for money” ratio that can be had in this price range.
Like it is almost always the case with GO’s watches, the new Seventies Panorama Date offers superb legibility both at days and nights. Its galvanized ruthenium dial with solar finish offers good contrast for the wedge-shaped hour markers done in white gold and further supported with luminous sports.
The white gold hour and minute hands also received their fair share of Superluminova so, from where I look at it, nighttime legibility will never be a problem. I mean, yes: there are tactical watches that are equipped with tritium tubes and divers that feature larger patches of lume on hands and hour markers, but for a dressy timekeeper it is, in my opinion, almost perfect.
The watch will be delivered on a four-link stainless steel bracelet. I am sure that it will be as comfortable to wear as it looks, but even if it isn’t, there is still a whole bunch of hand-made replacement straps and bracelets out there that will fit this gorgeous device at a fairly affordable price.
Photos: Glashuette Original
Glashutte Original Seventies Panorama Date (Ref. 39-47-12-12-14) automatic watch specification
Price: $11,600 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, GO caliber 39-47, 30.95 mm in diameter, 5.90 mm in height, 39 jewels, in-house, Made in Germany
Movement decoration: Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, skeletonized branded rotor with 21-carat gold oscillation weight, bevelled edges, polished steel parts
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Cushion
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 11.50 mm
Dial: Galvanized ruthenium, solar finish
Hands: White gold
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Four-link stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, domed, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire