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Earlier this year I was invited to the preview of the Glashütte Original 2017 Baselworld releases in Sydney and departed with a serious penchant for the German manufacturer. I’ve been an owner and admirer of the brand for many years and was delighted to be among the first invited to view the range in Australia. While I was especially impressed with the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date, it was the shimmering midnight blue Glashütte Original Sixties models that aroused both desire and nostalgia, influenced by the very watch I regret flipping years ago.
Since their debut in 2007, the Glashütte Original Sixties models from have mirrored the exciting era of the 1960s with retro modern Arabic numerals on sunburst dials and elegant alligator straps. In true homage to the size of timepieces from the period, the new (no date) Sixties is presented in 39mm case and is offered in stainless steel, making it an exciting entry point for the brand. The Sixties Panorama Date introduces a date window above the 6 and increases in size from 39mm to 42mm to assist readability.
While the Glashütte Original Sixties are undeniably handsome, its the finer details that make these watches so appealing. Both variants feature domed dials, galvanised in Glashütte Original’s own dial manufactory with a subtle sunburst finish, complemented by curved hour and minute hands crafted from white gold. A specially designed sapphire crystal case back allows enhanced viewing of the automatic Calibre 39-52, which powers the Sixties, and automatic Calibre 39-47, heart of the Sixties Panorama Date, both exhibiting exquisite finishes and skeletonized rotor in 21-carat gold.
Having only recently entered the Australian market, and thus having extremely low allocations for retailers, the Glashütte Original Sixties models blend rarity and affordability – a combination we don’t see too often in the horology world. With prices starting at $9650 for the steel and $19250 for the gold the Glashütte Original Sixties models combine effortless vintage charm with the world’s finest watchmaking for what I perceive to be excellent value.
You can view the Sixties pieces at Swiss Concept or Monards or one of the Glashütte Original boutiques around the world.