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GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL PRE-BASELWORLD NEWS 2012​

Senator Observer

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.







 

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They are lovely looking watches. My choice would be one of the ones with the white dial based purely on the facts that I love the blued hands and I already have several watches with black/dark grey faces.
 
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