The dials of both versions — one in white and the other gray — are made with three separate layers of lacquer and boast a finely textured, grained surface. The running seconds are on a subdial at 9 o’clock, and the power-reserve display — with the German indicators “Auf” (“Up”) and Ab (“down”) at either end — is at 3 o’clock. The so-called panorama date display, a hallmark of Glashütte Original timepieces, is prominently placed at 6 o’clock. The hands are made of blued steel, the Arabic numerals are in either black (white dial) or white (gray dial) and a milled railroad chapter ring is on the periphery of the dial.
The 44-mm case is fashioned of polished and satin-brushed stainless steel and is available on either a black Louisiana alligator leather strap or a “vintage” brown calfskin strap, both equipped with a stainless steel fold-over clasp. A sapphire viewing window in the back shows off Glashutte Original’s manufacture Caliber 100-14.
The movement in the Senator Observer is exquisitely finished and provides the watch an approximately 55-hour power reserve. The finishing of automatic Caliber 100-14 provides a visual treat, with traditional Glashütte high-horology features such as the characteristic three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, polished steel components and beveled edges, and a skeletonized gold rotor.
Both dial versions of the stainless steel Senator Observer are $11,800 on either of the leather straps and $12,800 on a steel bracelet, substantially less than the limited (25-piece) white-gold edition, which retails for $32,700.
Movement: Caliber 100-14, automatic; diameter = 31.15 mm; height = 6.5 mm; frequency = 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 60 jewels; 55-hour power reserve; screw balance with 16 weighted screws; beveled edges; polished and brushed steel parts; swan’s neck fine adjustment; divided three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbed finish; skeletonized rotor with 21k gold oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, off-centered small seconds; power-reserve display; panorama date; stop-seconds function
Case and strap: Stainless steel case,; diameter = 44 mm; height = 12 mm; water-resistant to 50 meters; sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides; sapphire exhibition caseback; on Louisiana alligator strap, calfskin strap or metal bracelet
Dial and hands: Varnished silver grained or varnished gray grained dial with blued steel hands and milled railroad chapter ring
This article was originally published on August 16, 2012, and has been updated.