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. Taking great pride in this tradition, in 2011 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. In 2012 the brand updated the collection with a stainless steel version, available with two elegant variants of the 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.
At the heart of the Senator Observer is the automatic Caliber 100-14, an exquisitely finished self-winding movement with a 55 hour power reserve (+/- 10%). Although traditional observation watches used hand-wound movements, Glashütte Original has chosen to outfit the Senator Observer with a contemporary automatic movement in order to maximize comfort for the wearer.
Model: Senator Observer Stainless Steel Version
100-14-05-02-04 (varnish silver grainé dial)
100-14-02-02-04 (varnish grey grainé dial)
Case diameter: 44 mm
Height: 12 mm
Waterproof up to 5 atm
Glass: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective on both sides
Bottom: Sapphire crystal
Automatic movement, Caliber 100-14
Diameter 31.15 mm, Height 6.5 mm
Oscillating frequency: 28.800 A/h, equivalent to 4 Hz
Power Reserve: 55 h (+/- 10%)
Balance screw balance with 16 weighted screws Remarks Hours and minutes, small second (off centre), power reserve display, second stop, panorama date; exquisitely finished movement, bevelled edges, polished and brushed steel parts, swan-neck fine adjustment, divided three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbed finish, skeletonized rotor with 21-carat gold oscillation weight
Louisiana-Alligator leather, also available with calfskin strap or with metal bracelet
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