Glashütte Original SeaQ Revives the Tradition of Divers’ Watches Made in Glashütte.
Timepieces from Glashütte have long been valued around the world for their high-quality mechanics, elaborate finishes and timeless elegance. Since the 19th century, precise timekeepers from Glashütte have also been used as reliable instruments for navigation and for determining one’s position on land, at sea and in the air. Numerous historic marine chronometers, observation watches, pilot and diver’s watches made in Glashütte testify to the use of high-precision watches as instrument watches, which found widespread use in highly specific areas.
Based on this rich fund of experience and its historic heritage, Glashütte Original presents a fifth collection: the “Spezialist”. It is aimed at the fearless and adventurous man with a hands-on mentality and the will to actively create his own life.
The premiere model in this new collection is the diver’s watch SeaQ, which unites history and modernity in exemplary fashion.
The SeaQ by Glashütte Original is available in two versions: as the SeaQ in both a limited and an unlimited version, and as the SeaQ Panorama Date with black or blue dial.
Inspired by the past
The Spezimatic Type RP TS 200, developed specifically for sports divers, served as an ideal example and inspiration for the new diver’s watch. Fifty years ago, high quality and complex functionality were already key features of this Glashütte-made watch.
The black dial of the unlimited version of the SeaQ presents Arabic numerals, indexes and hands accentuated with the historical “Old Radium” hue. The engravings on the baseplate offer decorative enhancement in the form of the trident maritime symbol, the Glashütte Original Double-G, and 20 waves, which symbolize the 20-bar water resistance.
This level of water resistance, which corresponds to approximately 200 meters, makes the SeaQ well equipped for changes in pressure underwater, even at greater depths.
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The second model, the SeaQ Panorama Date, is water resistant up to 30 bar, or approximately 300 meters, and perfectly suitable for even professional divers.
This essential water resistance of both models is enhanced by numerous details, such as the screw-down crown, the baseplate secured by a ring on the SeaQ model, and the centrally screwed sapphire crystal caseback on the SeaQ Panorama Date.
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A secure diving experience
The life of a diver can depend on the flawless functioning of his watch. For this reason, the engineers and watchmakers at Glashütte Original set maximum reliability as the central premise in the development of the SeaQ. The DIN- and ISO-tested divers’ watch meets the most stringent German and international quality standards in terms of water resistance, legibility, shock resistance, resistance to salt water, and many other criteria.
As genuine diver’s watches, all versions feature a unidirectional, counter-clockwise rotating bezel with a perceptible click, enabling certain determination of the dive time. Thanks to its clear minute-detent and the Super-LumiNova-coated triangle marking the dive start time, the SeaQ proves ideal in this area as well. In addition, the ceramic inlay makes the surface of the bezel exceptionally scratch-resistant.
Under water, divers often have to contend with difficult light conditions. In such situations, the SeaQ offers superb visibility. The printed/applied hour markers and indexes are highlighted with Super-LumiNova, as are the hour, minute, and second hands. Their blue radiance guarantees – through the nonreflective sapphire crystal – optimal legibility and a secure diving experience, even in murky waters.
The SeaQ 1969 and the SeaQ are both powered by the manufacture’s automatic movement Caliber 39-11 with heavy metal oscillating mass. It beats in a stainless steel case, 39.5 mm in diameter, and features a power reserve of 40 hours, a stop-seconds mechanism, and a date display at 3 o’clock.
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A New Challenge for Caliber 36
The date has special importance in the sister model, the SeaQ Panorama Date. The characteristic big date, a typical feature of Glashütte Original, gives this slightly larger version its name and is harmoniously positioned at 4 o’clock. The dial – in either black or blue with a sunray finish – presents the hands, applied Arabic numerals, and indexes in green or white, respectively.
The differences vis-à-vis the SeaQ go well beyond visual details, however. With the SeaQ Panorama Date, the Glashütte watchmakers have successfully adapted the award-winning Caliber 36 to meet the considerable challenges of timekeeping underwater. In the 36-13 version it beats within a 43.2-mm stainless steel case and is optimally configured, as always, with regard to the four principles: precision, stability, running time and aesthetics. The bayonet mounting ensures that the movement is anchored in the case for particularly effective shock resistance. It features a remarkable 100-hour power reserve while the silicon balance spring enables reliably high rate precision – above or below the sea.
It goes without saying that the promise of quality integral to the Caliber 36 is also kept by the SeaQ Panorama Date. This means not only that it meets the stringent DIN and ISO standards for diver’s watches, but that it must also undergo the same demanding 24-day test. An individual certificate documents each watch’s successful completion of the test.
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