Glashütte Original has launched a brand new collection of three diver’s watches; strictly speaking there are only two models in the collection that is named ‘’Spezialist’’ –

but one them is offered in two variants, the SeaQ 1969 limited and SeaQ unlimited editions; the other (also unlimited in its production) is a sister model in the collection known as the SeaQ PANORAMA Date.

Timepieces from Glashütte Original are world renowned for their high-quality mechanics, elaborate finishes and timeless elegance; while their designs are impeccably tasteful, they have never been what you might call trendy or even sexy.

But this is exactly what you get with the new SeaQ and SeaQ 1969 models which could easily go head to head against the likes of the Black Bay or Divers Sixty-Five.

They possess equal amounts of retro appeal, and let’s face it they are likely vastly superior timepieces than the aforementioned.

Historically GO have produced marine chronometers and some diver’s watches the heritage of which the German watchmakers have drawn upon in this their fifth timepiece collection.

I first discovered GO almost a decade and a half ago when I began collecting divers and since then I have kind of been waiting for them to finally throw their hat into the mix; I must admit after such a long wait, I am not disappointed.

The flagship model of this new collection is the Limited Edition SeaQ 1969, which combines history and modernity, executed to perfection.

It was inspired by the historical Spezimatic Type RP TS 200, which was developed specifically for sport-divers, a good half a century ago.

The SeaQ 1969 references it with an historic inscription on its black dial indicting the number of jewels that its movement has.

On the historic model, “Rubies 26” was there as a sign of quality associated at the time with the Caliber 75 - while “Shockproof” referred to the robust construction of a diver’s watch.

The green hands and the Old Radium shade of beige on the Arabic numerals and indexes also derive from its vintage predecessors.

The SeaQ 1969 is available in a limited edition of ONLY 69 pieces; its limited edition number can be found on its engraved screw-down case-back.

The engravings on the case-back come in the form of a trident maritime symbol, the Glashütte Original Double-G and 20 waves that symbolize the SeaQ’s 20 bar of water-resistance.

The black dial of the unlimited version of the SeaQ presents Arabic numerals, indexes and hands accentuated with vintage Old Radium.

This version also features an engraved screw-down case-back which shows, along with the trident with the Double-G and the 20 waves, its continuous serial number.

The SeaQ 1969 and the SeaQ are both powered by the GO manufactory’s automatic movement Calibre 39-11 with a beautifully decorated heavy metal oscillating mass.

It beats in a Stainless steel case, measuring 39.5 millimeters in diameter, and features an autonomy of 40 hours, a stop-second mechanism and a date display at 3 o’clock.

The SeaQ 1969 comes with two alternative strap versions: one with a striking embossed rubber strap, the other with a water-resistant nylon mesh strap specially developed for the SeaQ models.

As DIN and ISO tested diver’s, the SeaQ and SeaQ 1969 are equipped with a unidirectional diver’s bezel. This has a ceramic inlay and SuperLumiNova coated triangle 12hr marker.

Meanwhile their printed / applied hour markers and indexes are highlighted with also Super-LumiNova, as are the hour, minute and second hands. They glow with a blue hue through an anti-reflective-treated Sapphire crystal.

The SeaQ and SeaQ Panorama Date are offered with three strap versions each: a stable, flat Stainless steel bracelet with an 8-step fine adjustment mechanism; a robust, water-resistant nylon mesh strap, and a distinctive rubber strap with embossed design.

Thoughts? Obviously the SeaQ 1969 would be the one, but most of us will have to make do with the regular SeaQ which is still very nice.

If 39mm is too small for you, the not quite as good-looking SeaQ Pan Date should fit the bill nicely. What do you think – pretty exciting news, eh!


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