24 Hours Later: The Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date in Reed Green
Yesterday, the German watchmaker kept a date with destiny and released this gorgeous, green-dialed diver.
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk from trendsetters about the world going through a “vibe shift.” And while it’s true that culture is always evolving, right now, we’re seeing some major changes. For example, after years of climate change, protests, and a pandemic, society is being more thoughtful about the objects we bring into our lives.
Nobody’s saying we can’t have nice things; if anything, we want nicer things. Case-in-point: the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date in reed green.
Based on the brand’s first dive watch – 1969’s Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 – the latest iteration of this sporty timepiece has got us thinking about the past, present, and future. Here’s why.
Time for Reflection
The history of Glashütte Original is entangled with Cold War geopolitics (Glashütte is in Saxony, which was part of East Germany from 1949 to 1990). And as mentioned above, the SeaQ is based on the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 – a late 1960s diver discovered in the brand’s archives and the company’s first dive watch from the Cold War era.
That is why, back in 2019, Glashütte Original decided to launch the SeaQ as part of the Spezialist Collection. It featured many nods to the original 1969 tool watch. These retro touches included a striking green dial and unidirectional bezel (the brand was two years ahead of the green watch trend). The polished surface and shape of SeaQ’s 39.5mm stainless steel case also mirrored the look of the 1969 Spezimatic.
The newest take, the SeaQ Panorama Date, also pays tribute to the past by preserving watchmaking traditions – a reed green dial and bezel. Of course, we’ve long admired Glashütte’s mastery of colored dials.
The brand produces its handcrafted dials in-house at its dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany, and the sunray finish is applied using a rotating brass brush. One could get lost for hours admiring the play of light on the dial’s surface.
It’s only been a few years since the SeaQ joined the Spezialist family, but this iteration features many significant upgrades.
The second hand is now anchored with Glashütte’s double G logo. More significantly, however, the case size has been bumped up to 43.2mm, which allows for a larger date aperture. After all, as the name suggests, the SeaQ Panorama Date prominently features the brand’s emblematic panorama date display between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Glashütte Original fans appreciate the brand’s “go big or go home” approach to date displays. But it’s particularly appealing on this tool watch because you want everything to be as legible as possible. For extra visual oomph, the hands, numerals, and indices are all generously coated in Super-LumiNova.
According to the brand, “Green is the color of our time. Green is considered the color of nature; the color of sustainability, life, and growth.” Thus, the details of this new SeaQ Panorama Date are meant to pay homage to our relationship with nature. The watch is meant to live in harmony with the environment.
Time to Act
Part of the vibe shift is a change in style codes. It’s no longer shocking to see a sport-chic watch showing up in boardrooms or at more formal occasions. Given current events, it makes sense to be ready for anything and the stylish SeaQ has not sacrificed any ruggedness for style.
It has a water resistance rating of 30 bar, a unidirectional rotating bezel with half-minute detents, and a scratch-resistant ceramic inlay. Plus, powered by Glashütte Original’s reliable calibre 36-13 automatic movement boasting 100 hours of power reserve, it is available with a choice of straps, including a robust rubber strap, stainless steel bracelet, and super sturdy gray fabric strap.
The SeaQ Panorama Date in reed green also features a silicon balance spring to combat the effects of magnetic fields. And for extra assurance of accuracy, every model that leaves the factory floor in Glashütte must meet all the DIN 8306 and ISO 6425 standards for professional diver’s watches and has been run through a demanding series of tests over 24 days.
But back to the beauty and the future. The entire movement is made and hand-finished by the brand’s artisans. Moreover, these luxurious decorative touches can be easily admired through the sapphire crystal caseback. Creating objects that will last and be passed on through the generations aligns with the idea of sustainability and learning how to be stewards rather than simply consumers.
The latest SeaQ Panorama Date in reed green is priced at $11,500 on a rubber or textile strap and $12,400 on a bracelet. It is available at Glashütte Original’s boutiques or selected authorized retailers. For more information, visit the Glashütte Original website.
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