Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date Review
Let us dive deep into a full-on analysis on the new Glashutte Original diver’s watch called the SeaQ Panorama Date.
Today we will be taking an up-close-and-personal look at a fantastic dive watch called the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date. It has some incredible features that make it worthy of a detailed review.
This watchmaker operates in the Saxon region of Germany in the old watchmaking town of Glashütte, a place where the top brands in German watchmaking set up shop. Naturally, they should have a collection of specialized watches called Spezialist. In this collection, you will find the utilitarian new SeaQ series of dive watches in which this specific SeaQ watch can be found. We haven't seen too many tool watches from this watchmaker since the Glashutte Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 since they have been mainly focused on producing luxury timepieces. For the sake of simplicity, we'll itemize each feature that we are reviewing for easier content navigation of this article.
The SeaQ model featured for the sake of this analysis is reference # 1-36-13-02-81-70 and has a case that measures 43.2 mm in diameter and is constructed of stainless steel. The case thickness is 15.65 giving it some extra wrist presence and an average thickness for a diving watch that has 300m/1000ft of water resistance. The case uses a brushed finish on all sides with a polished finish on the front and back beveled edge and has a steel crown for winding the mainspring and setting the time.
Equipped with a one-directional rotating bezel ring that has a glossy ceramic insert that is highly scratch resistant. The ceramic bezel is engraved and imprinted with a 60-minute dive scale and a white triangle at the start position. The bezel has a notched edge for added grip when rotating.
The dial is covered by a domed sapphire crystal that is scratch-resistant. This dome provides an interesting lens distortion effect when the dial is viewed at a low angle but a crisp view of the time when viewed right in front of you.
The blue dial features a fine brushed sunray finish. It uses a combination of applied bold steel-rimmed numeral and index-style hour markers. There are also small rectangular-shaped painted markers punctuating each of the steel-rimmed numerals and indices mentioned markers. All the hour markers, and pencil-shaped hour and minute hands, and even the dot on the thin second's hand, are filled with a glow-in-the-dark luminous material that has Super Luminova that glows a bright blue on this model.
While on the topic of the hands, a nice, but subtle feature on the second's hand is a Glashütte Original logo icon counterweight at the opposite of the thin central second’s hand. Another interesting subtle detail that is easy to overlook if not pointed out, the hour hand combines two shapes. The lume that fills it has a pencil shape to match the minute's hand but there is also a triangle at the very tip of the hour hand that essentially makes it arrow-shaped.
The Panorama date is a big date window Glashütte has as a special feature on many of their most loved watches and uses two independent, yet non-overlapping date disks in its operation. The setting of this date function and the time is done with the large, screw-in winding crown located on the ride side of the case.
This watch is powered by an in-house automatic movement called the Glashütte Original Caliber 36-13. This self-winding movement features a magnetic-resistant silicon balance spring and oscillates at 4Hz or 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The Glashütte Original caliber 36-13 is a 41-jewel movement that is adjusted to 6 positions and has a power reserve duration of 100 hours +/- and is a fine adjustment to this collection. The caliber is beautifully decorated with various engravings and inscriptions. Its components have a remarkable combination of different finishing techniques.
The crescent-shaped partially skeletonized rotor has a 21kt gold weighted plate and a skeletonized double-G Glashütte Original logo in its center, all exquisitely finished to perfection. Additionally, blued steel screws and pink watch jewels can be seen through the transparent sapphire case back. One thing Glashutte is known for is the attention to detail that they display in creating their movements.
The stainless steel bracelet combines a brushed finish on the outer links and a polished finish on the inner links and is fastened with a push-button folding clasp that has a brushed finish. The buttons use a polished finish, and the clasp has a brushed double-G Glashütte Original logo/icon inside a polished rectangle. At full size, this bracelet can accommodate a wrist that is up to 8.25” when fitted with all its original links.
Other stainless steel models of the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date come on a black rubber strap (model# 1-36-13-02-81-33) with different dial color variations. Additionally, there are several two-tone (combination of rose gold and stainless steel case) and a couple of solid 18kt rose gold case models such as model # 1-36-13-03-90-33 that come on a rubber strap.