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Published on 05-24-2011 11:12 AM

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Review of the Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date

By: John B. Holbrook, II


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Wow. Do you ever put on a watch that just makes you just go "wow"? I see a lot of watches every year, but few give me the wow-factor I've gotten from my all-too short time with the new Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date (just released at Baselworld 2011). Like everyone, I've drooled over plenty of timepieces brimming with unique complications which showcase the horological sophistication of their manufacturer. But when it comes to a "daily driver" I generally want an easy to see/use three-hand watch with a date. Hour, minute, seconds, and a easy to read date complication - put that in an esthetically pleasing and functionally superior package, and I get excited. I say "wow." A lot. But since my readers have come to expect more than just "wow" and a few pretty pictures, let me break down why I'm so impressed by the Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date.

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Retro styling is very popular today and we're seeing retro designs from many watch manufacturers - rarely done well however. I'll borrow a song from the 80's to describe this 70's inspired watch - "it's hip to be square." My father loves square watches - I've still got a 1970's Hamilton of his with an ETA 2824 that's got a square case. And yes, it looks very 1970's. In the case of the Seventies Panorama Date, we've got a watch that borrows a hallmark look (square case) from the 1970's, and executes the style in a very contemporary design. The case is a blend of both polished and satin-finished stainless steel (water resistant to 10 ATM) and measures 40 x 40 mm in diameter, and 11.5mm in height. Are 40mm diameter watches now considered retro? It's sure starting to seem that way. But at 40x40, the Seventies Panorama Date feels very contemporary yet not at all out of place with dress attire, or even a suit. Kudos to Glashütte Original for maintaining the classic spirit of this watch design, as they could have easily made it yet another 45mm plus fashion trend instead of the timeless classic it is.

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Attached to the case is bracelet with a case-matching blend of brushed outer links protecting polished center links. I'm of two minds regarding the bracelet design. It's hard to not like the mirror-like finish applied to the center link - they're gorgeous. However, I own enough watches with polished center links to know just how readily those polished center links will show scratches.

Speaking of bracelets, in my opinion Glashütte Original doesn't get the credit they deserve for their excellent bracelets and clasps. Many of their watches don't offer a bracelet option, and are usually presented on leather straps. But I've never seen a Glashütte Original that wasn't uniquely and admirably well designed. This is certainly true of the Seventies Panorama Date. If you look closely at the inside bracelet links visible in the below photos, you'll see they use screwed links in a way I've never seen done by another manufacturer. Firstly, with most bracelets which incorporate screws to hold their adjustable links in place, you most often see a single screw on one side of the adjustable link. With the Seventies Panorama Date, Glashütte Original has designed twin screws which appear to screw into a link pin through the inside bottom of the link. It's a very elegant, and secure design. Most impressive. Attached to the bracelet is a stainless steel two-button signed clasp with solid stainless steel deployant, which exudes both quality and a secure feel. The clasp features a fine adjustment mechanism, which can be adjusted a total of eight millimeters in eight steps, making custom comfort effortless.

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Built into the case base of the Seventies Panorama Date is a sapphire observation window for view the lovely Glashütte Original manufactured caliber 39-47. The 39-47 is a self-winding, 39 jewel mechanical movement with a balance wheel which oscillates at 28,800 Beats Per Hour (BPH) and has a power reserve of approximately 40 hours featuring Incabloc shock protection and a Nivarox flat balance spring . Many manufacturers are capable of manufacturing a three-hand watch movement with date complication. Few can make it as finely and well decorated as Glashütte Original. Even this caliber 39-47, which might be considered rather pedestrian by Glashütte Original standards is an absolute work of art.

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The Seventies Panorama Date is available in several different dial colors. However, in Glashütte Original's ongoing efforts to temp this watch reviewer into bankruptcy, they "just happened" to send me the version of the Seventies Panorama Date in my favorite dial color - blue. Happy coincidence or insidious plot, you be the judge. But the blue sunburst dial on this watch is absolutely stunning. Applied stainless steel hour markers encircle the dial, which also features such signature features as the Glashütte Original logo on the second hand, and a marvelous two-digit "big date" complication just above the six o'clock marker. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating applied to the underside of the crystal. Again, it's a marvelous melding of 1970's and contemporary styling, with some Glashütte DNA thrown in for good measure.

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Of the 2011 Baselworld new models, the The Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date (reference 39-47-13-12-14) is the one that has me the most excited. The bold, retro styling combined with an eminently practical set of features makes this a watch which I believe could be a fantastic daily driver which can dress up or down with ease. All this in a price point ($11,100.00) which is completely reasonable for such a fantastic timepiece from one of the premier luxury watch manufacturers.

**Photos & Text Copyright 2011 WATCH TALK FORUMS INC.. No part of this report can be reproduced outside of WATCH TALK FORUMS without the expressed permission of John B. Holbrook, II.

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