We’ve noted previously here on WatchTime.com the prevalence of blue dial/blue strap combos on lots of modern watches. Today we focus on one of these timepieces, the Sixties Panorama Date, from Glashütte Original’s retro-styled Senator Sixties collection, offered this year in a striking midnight blue version.
Glashütte Original, based in the watchmaking town of Glashütte in the German state of Saxony, launched its Sixties line, originally part of its Senator collection, in 2007 and has added to the family in subsequent years. This watch derives its name from the large “Panorama” date above the 6 o’clock position, a hallmark of the brand and of Glashütte watchmaking in general. The watch’s dial is domed and made of German silver, which is galvanized in Glashütte Original’s own dial factory. Its shiny azure hue is enhanced by a sunburst finish. There are Arabic numerals, in a ’60s-vintage font, at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions, surrounded by precisely milled hour indices and finely drawn minute markers.
The white-gold hour and minute hands are slightly curved to echo the slight curvature of the dial and are highlighted in Super-LumiNova. The stainless steel case of the Sixties Panorama Date is 42 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 meters. It has a sapphire crystal with nonreflective treatment on both sides and an additional sapphire viewing window in the caseback that shows off the watch’s automatic movement, Caliber 39-47. The movement measures 30.95 mm in diameter and 5.9 mm thick and has a frequency of 28,800 vph and power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The finishing on the movement includes beveled edges, polished steel parts, a three-quarters plate with Glashütte wave decoration, and a swan’s neck fine adjustment; the latter two features are also traditional to Saxon watchmaking.
Many watch enthusiasts will appreciate the details of the watch’s signature complication, the panorama date. Whereas the date windows on many colored watch dials use standard black-on-white typography, which can distract from the dial’s coloring, this one features white type on midnight blue to maintain the consistency of the color scheme. The Louisiana alligator leather strap is also in a matching dark blue color and is secured by a stainless steel pin buckle. The Glashutte Original Sixties Panorama Date is priced at $9,200; there is also another midnight-blue Sixties watch — minus the big date function, containing Caliber 39-42 and in a 39-mm case — available for $7,100.
This article was originally published on August 23, 2013, and has been updated.