German watchmaker Glashütte Original has finally lifted the lid on arguably its sportiest release. For the first time, the new 39.5mm SeaQ models come complete with a sapphire crystal caseback, revealing the exquisitely finished manufactory movement housed within the fresh new feel. If looks are anything to go by, Glashütte is seriously championing contrast for its latest collection.
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For fans of the German brand, the SeaQ has traditionally represented an interesting blend of ideas. A true diver’s watch, the collection is best typified by its unidirectional, counterclockwise rotating bezel that dishes out a wholly satisfying click when setting the time. But beyond simply serving as an instrument of adventure, the timepiece feels contemporary enough to traverse occasion, landing somewhere between sporty companion and elegant daily driver. This time around, Glashütte has dialled the contrast up once more, unveiling a stunning black and refined red-gold colour combination that sets this SeaQ apart.
While it maintains the classic unidirectional counterclockwise rotating bezel with black ceramic inlay, the new timepiece arrives with a galvanic black dial with sunray finish. Highlighted by striking indexes, numerals and hands coated with Super-LumiNova, the diver’s watch references are all there. Throw in the robust black rubber strap with red-gold butterfly shape folding clasp and you’ve got yourself a watch that looks every bit a sturdy companion for land or sea. Thankfully, the 20 bar water resistance agrees.
But for all its stylish good looks, the biggest change is in what isn’t there – namely a solid piece of stainless steel preventing prying eyes from peering beneath the surface. For the first time, the mechanical heart of the SeaQ is visible through a sapphire crystal case back, revealing the Calibre 39-11 manufactory movement with automatic winding. According to Glashütte, along with the hours, minutes and seconds, the hand-crafted, movement also drives the date display at 3 o’clock.
Stunningly beautiful and with the specs to match, the latest SeaQ continues Glashütte’s unique history of truly remarkable timepieces. It’s never easy to walk the line between adventure and elegance, and while red-gold certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes, it’s hard to hard to criticise the bold new watch. Priced at AUD$37,400, the new Glashütte Original SeaQ in black and red gold is available from May in all Glashütte Original Boutiques and from selected dealers worldwide.
2022 Glashütte Original SeaQ Specs
Model name: SeaQ
Launch year: 2022
Reference number: 1-39-11-17-91-33 (with black rubber strap), 1-39-11-17-91-34 (with grey synthetic fabric strap)
Movement: Calibre 39-11 automatic, finely finished movement
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Special features: tested to meet DIN 8306 and ISO 6425 standards for diver’s watches
Frequency: 28,800 A/h, equivalent to 4 Hz
Case: Red gold 5N, rotating bezel with black ceramic inlay, engraved case back with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 20 bar
Diameter: 39.5 mm
Height: 12.15 mm
Dial: Galvanic black with sunray finish, applied numerals and indexes with Super-LumiNova inlays
Hands: With Super-LumiNova inlays
Straps: Black rubber or grey synthetic fabric strap, both with butterfly shape folding clasp in red gold 5N