GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL PRE-BASELWORLD NEWS 2012
New look highlights the art of navigation
Observation watches, known more familiarly as ‘deck watches’ were used by navigation officers to help
determine a ship’s position at sea. Marine Chronometers and Observation watches (also known as “B-watches”)
were made in Glashütte until well into the 1970s, this testifies to the continuing high quality of watchmaking
in the German town - even under challenging circumstances.
Assuming the responsibility to honour this tradition, Glashütte Original presents new versions of the observation watch:
a limited edition in white gold commemorating Julius Assmann and Roald Amundsen, and a stainless steel version
in two elegant and evocative variations.
Taking great pride in this tradition, last year Glashütte Original presented a new version of the observation watch:
a limited edition in white gold honouring the memory of Julius Assmann and Roald Amundsen. This year the firm follows
the limited edition model with a stainless steel version, available with two elegant variants of the dial.
Julius Assmann was one of the extraordinary watchmakers who established the industry in the German town of Glashütte.
His firm specialized in the manufacture of these handmade wonders, and the precision and reliability of
its observation watches - in particular under extreme weather conditions - made them indispensable instruments
for navigation officers, pilots, and pioneering explorers such as Roald Amundsen, who took a number of Julius Assmann
observation watches with him on his legendary expedition to the South Pole in 1911.
Glashütte Original Senator Observation Watches
The design of the Senator Observer takes its inspiration directly from the observation watches made in Julius Assmann’s Glashütte atelier.
Two stainless steel models are presented, one with a lacquered silver grained dial, the other with a lacquered grey grained dial.
The dials of both are built up slowly from three separate layers of lacquer and present a finely textured, grained surface,
and show a subsidiary seconds dial at 9 o’clock and the power reserve display at 3 o’clock. Glashütte Original’s compelling
panorama date display features prominently at 6 o’clock. Blued steel hands and a milled railroad chapter ring frame
black/white Arabic numerals.
The Senator Observer features a 44-mm case fashioned of polished and satin-brushed stainless steel and is available with either
a black Louisiana alligator leather strap or a “vintage” brown calfskin strap, both available with a stainless steel foldover clasp.
An extraordinary automatic movement for a contemporary deck watch
At the heart is the automatic Caliber 100-14, an exquisitely finished self-winding movement with a 55 hour power reserve (+/- 10%).
Traditional observation watches used hand-wound movements; Glashütte Original has chosen to outfit the Senator Observer
with a contemporary automatic movement from our Manufactory to maximize comfort for the wearer.
Thus, the ‘Ab Auf’ indicator on the dial represents a true power reserve, rather than a simple indication of running time.
The exquisite finishing of the automatic Caliber 100-14 is easily visible through the sapphire case back. The movement features
the characteristic divided three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, polished steel components and bevelled edges
that distinguish high end mechanical watches from Glashütte Original.