Glashütte Original Gets Funky With Colorful New Seventies Chronographs

Glashütte Original is letting their hair down a bit with two new references within the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date collection featuring dials called “Disco Blue” and “Vibing Orange”. The watches arrive just in time for the squelching hot summer and don’t hold back on the saturation. Underneath the colors, there’s still a seriously proper watch happening, and these limited editions boast some of the very best watchmaking Germany has to offer. Seriously, this is a lot of watch jammed into the distinctive square Seventies case. The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date has never been your bog standard take on the chronograph, and now it gets the color to match the personality. 

The Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date is not a new watch, with existing blue and gradient green dials already in the collection. It’s a square-ish case featuring an integrated bracelet or strap design measuring a neat 40mm x 40mm, but as unique as the case is, the dial has it topped. And that’s before the application of any color.


There are two registers present, creating a (nearly) symmetrical design that’s only broken by a power reserve indication set within the running seconds indication. At 3 o’clock we find a 30 minute totalizer, and between the pair of sub-dials there resides an arched aperture to totalize the hours for the chronograph to a total of 12. Finally, at 6 o’clock we find the oversized date window with a set of rotating discs that work in concert. Oh, did I mention this is a flyback chronograph? Like I said, this is a lot of watch. 

The movement is Glashütte Original’s own caliber 37-02, which is visible through an exhibition caseback. We’re pretty sure. The website has no images of the back of the watch, nor of this particular movement, which is a damn shame because it’s rather beautiful from what I can discern from an older image (above). It features a silicon balance spring, a column wheel, and what I’d call pretty fine finishing.

These dials are not holding back, with the disco blue veering dangerously close to you-know-what territory, and the vibing orange nearing what some might call salmon (looking at you, Oris), and together they make for a rather compelling base upon which to feature the unorthodox dial layout. Where a gradient almost hides it, these showcase each nook and cranny of the design. 

Just 100 examples of each color will be produced, and will be priced from $13,700 on an integrated rubber strap, and $14,900 on the integrated steel bracelet. The watches are available now directly from Glashütte Original.

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