The new Specialist watch collection called the SeaQ range from Glashutte Original embodies the high end, elegant feel that the German company have become so synonymous with, albeit with a design that capitalizes on the company’s rich past in creating precise timekeepers and instruments for diving professionals. The market for vintage and retro-inspired watches has never been more in demand and so it comes as pleasant news that Glashutte Original created this line of timekeeping instruments last year. Similar to their timepieces of the Sport Evolution collection, the SeaQ watches echo that pivotal point in the company’s history where the manufacturer turned direction from creating utilitarian watches that were both affordable and accessible, to focus their efforts in developing high-end timepieces built from reliable materials and a beautifully manufactured movement that wouldn’t let the wearer down. During this time, Glashutte Original created the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 watch from which the SeaQ collection has taken strong direction from.
The Glashutte Original Specialist SeaQ watch collection comprises three different designs: the 39.5mm SeaQ, the 43.2mm SeaQ Panorama Date and the SeaQ 1969 Limited Edition. The models share a number of characteristics but also feature a unique identity that sets each timepiece apart for their character and functionality. They all boast the same iconic 1960’s inspired case shape, sharp crisp angles and integrated lugs. Each model is also equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic inlay and a clear 60 minute track. They’ve also all been DIN and ISO tested. Oversized hands, familiar indexes and numerals also feature upon their dials. With a choice between a rubber strap or a synthetic strap either on pin buckle or foldable clasp, or a stainless steel bracelet – the Glashutte Original SeaQ collection proves itself to be quite a versatile and innovative line of vintage diver-style timepieces.
Firstly, the Glashutte Original SeaQ watch with its comfortable 39.5mm case diameter houses the reliable Caliber 39-11 inside its robust steel casing. The movement is protected inside a 200 meter resistant environment which enables it to provide a date aperture at 4 o’clock and a power reserve of 40 hours. A plain steel case back sets this apart from the Panorama Date model which is equipped with a sapphire-backed case for admiring the movement’s performance. The SeaQ watch features hands filled with the old radium-coloured Super-LumiNova treatment – it’s a nice touch against the watch’s galvanic black dial with exquisite sunray finish.
The Glashutte Original SeaQ Panorama Date watch is available in a galvanic blue sunray or black sunray dial options features numerals and indexes that are applied to the dial as opposed to painted on as is the case with the 39.5mm SeaQ watch. This timepiece is also larger, more complex and portrays a more luxurious persona. Its high end movement and bolder shape create somewhat more wrist presence thanks to its shortened lugs and its larger 43.2mm case diameter. A panoramic date feature is located between 4 and 5 o’clock and the watch also promises a 300 meter water resistance. As already mentioned, the Caliber 36-13 is put on show through a sapphire glass exhibition case back which provides an impressive 100 hour power reserve. The high-end chronometer certified automatic engine is anchored safely into the case via a bayonet mounting.
The Glashutte Original 1969 Limited Edition watch belonging to the SeaQ collection is limited to 69 pieces worldwide and is a direct inspiration from the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 model. Different shaped hands are featured against a galvanic dial in this design, albeit with the same radium-coloured indexes. All other features of this limited edition watch are shared with the 39.5mm Glashutte Original SeaQ model, including its water resistance and beautifully performing movement.
You can check out more details on the SeaQ watch collection from Glashutte Original here