A Closer Look at the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date with a Far-Out Green Dial
Glashütte Original has a way of making retro feel new. Take, for example, the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. First released in 2014 to critical acclaim, the rounded, stream-lined case of this chrono takes its inspiration from Space Age-era designs.
These present-day throwbacks reflect the ingenuity the company relied on to keep watchmaking traditions alive. However, on the flip side, they also serve up a slice of Seventies elan that is distinctly different from the sensibilities typical of the Disco Era.
As a result, the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date was a hit. It provided a lot of wrist presence without feeling too weighty. It had vintage vibes without being too retro. And with its outstanding finishing and exceptional chronograph movement, it quickly became the centerpiece of the German brand’s already eye-catching catalog.
The challenge for Glashütte Original now is: How to up the ante?
So, today, Watchonista takes a closer look at the details that make the new Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date “Fab Green” a watch for our modern times.
Glashütte Original is famous for its innovative movements and sophisticated dials. The brand make its fumé, sunray, and textured dials in-house, demonstrating its watchmaking mastery.
But even before green dials became a big trend, the color had become something of a specialty of Glashütte Original. So, we were impressed that the green-dialed iteration of this tasty throwback still managed to surprise us.
The secret is the context in which the green dial is presented.
Black indices and hands with Super-LumiNova coating make their first appearance within the Seventies line. Combine this with the brand’s signature Panorama Date, and Glashütte Original is certainly cooking with gas.
Then, when it comes to date windows, we are of the “go big or go home” school. Glashütte Original knows how to do oversized dates right with the white numbers on a black background (along with a matching power reserve indicator integrated into the 9 o’clock sub-dial for the subsidiary seconds).
While its bold appearance mirrors the 1970s taste for outré timepieces, the movement is a reflection of the most cutting-edge horological advancements.
Inside the 40mm x 40mm stainless steel case is the in-house Glashütte Original manufactory self-winding Calibre 37-02. This modern movement features column-wheel control, a stop-second feature flyback function, 70 hours of power reserve, a 30-minute display, and a numeric 12-hour display.
A Beach Excursion
We were also delighted to discover how versatile the “Fab Green” is. We took it to the beach because it’s a sports watch and shouldn’t feel too precious to take on a road trip. And because this most recent iteration is available with three different strap and bracelet options – a brownish gray nubuck leather, black rubber, or integrated stainless steel – you can match it to any mood.
As casual and as sporty as the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date “Fab Green” can be, it is just as easy to dress up. Decorated in the high-end haute horology style, it’s not an inexpensive watch, but it’s not as pricey as other stainless steel chronographs on the market right now. And while it’s sporty, its nostalgic styling also exudes an elegance that allows you to dandy-up your after-hours outfits.
Pricing & Availability
Available now, the Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date “Fab Green” comes on either the black rubber or brown/gray nubuck strap for $13,400 and $14,600 on the integrated stainless steel bracelet. For more information, visit the Glashütte Original website.
(Photography by Chris Coe & Liam O'Donnell)