Think Glashütte Original and the chances are good that ‘diver’ isn’t a category that immediately springs to mind. The German brand is known for many things – from 3/4 plates to Panorama dates – but undersea adventure isn’t really one of them.
That’s not to say that the brand doesn’t have form in the area. Fifty years ago the brand did indeed make a specialist underwater watch, for both military and civilian markets, and now they’ve decided to take the plunge again, with a brace of SeaQ watches. There’s a limited edition piece, and a version that comes in a few different dials with a Panorama date, but today we’re looking at the regular production SeaQ.
The Glashütte Original SeaQ is a well-sized, handsome watch that ticks all the right boxes. It’s 39.5mm wide, 12.5mm tall, comes with a nice galvanic black sunray dial, large numerals and hands in a pleasingly vintage style (down to the Super-LumiNova, in a shade that echoes old radium), and a date that fits nicely into the overall equation of the dial. Likewise, the case shape is simple, with a hint of the mid-century skin diver about it in the angles and the style of crown.
The movement is the Calibre 39-11, running at 4Hz for 40 hours, and hidden behind the solid, engraved caseback. It comes on bracelet, rubber and nylon options, with the thick-yet-supple two-piece nylon being my pick.
Dive watches might not be front of mind for Glashütte Original, but the SeaQ proves they’ve got what it takes to come up with a solid option, which is good thing, as they’re dipping their toes into competitive waters.
Glashütte Original SeaQ price
Glashütte Original SeaQ, from 8500 euro (inc. VAT)