What about a few blue Germans?
What about a few blue Germans?
Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite
Ref 1-89-02-05-02-01 in stainless steel.
The blue dial and the hands gives this watch a more sporty look than the more classic white dial with blued hands version.
This model has the galvanic blue with sunray finish, appliques with Super-LumiNova
The galvanic blue dial looks really nice when you come close to it.
The details is awesome when I inspect it with a loupe.
The Calibre 89-02 is exposed thru a sapphire crystal at the backside. The movement's functions are described above.
63 jewels, 72 hours power reserve and 28,800 vph, equivalent to 4 Hz.
The micro rotor and the duplex swan-neck fine adjustment gives the movement a nice touch.
If you click on the links below to my previous reviews, you will find more info about what this watch can do and instructions how to set it.
so I bring out the macro lens.
Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date
Ref 1-36-13-04-91-08 in stainless steel/red gold
Ref 1-36-13-03-90-33 in red gold
After I got acquainted with the SeaQ Panorama Date model last year when it was released (which I link to at the end of this page).
It's time to take a closer look at this year's newcomers in bicolour and red gold
So I start with the stainless steel/red gold model with a galvanic grey dial with sunray finish dial and synthetic strap with a pin buckle.
The sunray finish is definitively a great touch at the dial.
The indexes and hands are beautifully surrounded by a red gold frame.
The red gold screw-down crown comes with a crown protection and carries the Glashütte Original Double-G logo. Here I have use some reflections to get a wave effect at the logo.
Let’s take a closer look at the red gold bezel, its black ceramic inlay and the brushed stainless steel case.
At the back, we can see the Calibre 36-13 with its impressive 100-hours power reserve.
The Super-LumiNova on the hands, numerals and indexes does a great job in the dark.
The red gold model has a galvanic black dial, also with sunray finish and a rubber strap with a fold fastener in red gold.
The rugged inside ensures that the strap will stay firmly in place - even on a wet diver’s suit.
The award-winning Caliber 36-13 beats also in this model.
The black version is very legible from all angles, gold and black go really well together.
The indexes here are also filled with Super-LumiNova.
Panerai Luminor GMT 44mm Ref Pam 01033
It comes beautifully packaged as it use to do, here are all the things that come with it from the start except the paperwork.
The blue dial is really powerful and with the cream colored text & the cream colored Luminova that some would call fake patinated, it gives a warm impression instead of a flatter one as it is with white Luminova.
This model has the proven sandwich dial where numbers & markings are milled out for the Luminova which is then applied to a plate that lies under the dial.
The classic stainless steel Luminor case that is brushed, waterproof to 300 meters, polished bezel with a sapphire crystal.
Dark blue alligator strap with beige seam, brushed clasp in stainless steel.
Here we see through the sapphire crystal in-house movement Cal 9011 which is a development on Cal 9001 which is loaded with functions.
Automatic in-house movement with 3 days power reserve, double barrels, 31 jewels, Glucydur balance, 28,800 oscillations per hour.
So what functions does the movement offer then?
Small second hand with automatic reset at second stop when setting the minute hand for easier syncing.
Date with matching slightly darker blue background.
GMT hand for a second time zone that is independently adjustable when you set the standard hour hand with an hour step without the movement stopping. Practical but can only handle time zones with full hours.
Power reserve on the back, maybe not so important on an automatic movement but a nice option. Cal 9001 has a small window that changes color instead of this rotating disc.
Balance bridge with double attachments is also an update as Cal 9001 had a balance cock.
The timing results of the movement is also attached in the box.
The blue dial is really nice.
I have had a bit of a hard time with the small second hand that feels too small, but here I think it is well balanced.
The GMT hand has good proportions, the only objection is that it is below the minute hand and disappears behind it when it is longer.
Tha Luminova impress as usual.
Fits perfect on the wrist.
SEIKO 5 Brian May Red Special
Brian May guitarist Queen bought her first Seiko 7548-7000 during their first Japan tour in 1974.
He has since used this extensively, now in 2020 he has taken with a cooperation with Seiko
presented a Seiko 5 automatic as a tribute to his unique guitar "Red Special".
What is so special about this guitar? Well, Brian built this with the help of dad Harold
mid sixties. They had a fireplace at home that they would dispose of and have then used
most of the wood from this to make the guitar. So this guitar is quite unique and the microphones
can be individually controlled which means that Brian got a very unique sound. The tremolo system
is made of old bicycle parts and a sewing needle, you had to take what you had.
Now to the watch it is all about. After growing up to Queen's music during the seventies, that was one must add to the collection.
It comes in a guitar case type hard case that is a little over 12 inces long, dressed with leather, rivets and with reinforced corners.
Inside is the watch that comes with a black NATO strap (which Brian had on his Seiko) and a small coin that I have no idea why.
This is what it looks like, a regular Seiko 5 with a unique painting depicting Brian's Red Special.
This watch comes in 9000 copies and is then called Limited Edition as no more will be manufactured.
They really got to the vein on the wood really m nice.
Screwdown crown at 4 o'clock position, unidirectional 60 clicks bezel, water proof to 10 bars.
Day and date with quickset.
If we get really close, we can see more clearly the job they put into the vein.
The text holds the same quality as on dials in the highest segment.
Really cool effect on the paint I have to say.
Some kind of music theme we must have.
The coin from the box.
Through the glass back, we see the 4R36 movement glimpse behind Brian's signature.
In normal order, Seiko impresses with the lume.
Finally a wristshot.
A interesting watch for only €550.
The Red 28.
Glashütte Original SeaQ and SeaQ Panorama Date
Here we have some side by side pictures to compare these two diver’s watches:
the SeaQ Panorama Date (blue dial / stainless steel bracelet)
and the SeaQ (black dial / synthetic mesh strap).
To the left the SeaQ with synthetic strap and to the right the SeaQ Panorama Date with stainless steel bracelet.
The SeaQ Panorama Date is 43.2mm and the SeaQ is 39.5mm.
Domed sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel inlay.
My reviews of the model are available here:
Thank you all for the kind words.
Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date
The manufactory Glashütte Original has launched the new Spezialist collection last year.
Some days ago, I already shared my impressions of the more vintage oriented model SeaQ >>my review>>
Here we will familiarize ourselves with the model named SeaQ Panorama Date,
which is available with black or blue dial - each with two different straps
(a robust, water-resistant nylon mesh strap, or a distinctive rubber strap with embossed design)
or a stable, flat stainless steel bracelet with 8-step fine adjustment mechanism.
This one is reference number 1-36-13-02-81-70 with blue dial, and stainless steel case and the comfortable bracelet.
This watch is 43.2mm with screwed case back with sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown to make sure it can withstand 30 bar.
The dial has applied numerals and indexes with bright white Super-LumiNova.
They have made a great workat Glashütte Original's dial manufactory in Pforzheim with the galvanic blue with sunray finish at the dial.
A classic feature of Glashütte Original since 1997: the Panorama Date with both number discs at one level - with a blue background matching to the dial very well.
The new stainless steel bracelet now has brushed outer links and polished middle links and the size 21/18 mm.
The blue bezel inlay is made of ceramic, has 60 minutes markers and is unidirectional, counter-clockwise rotating with perceptible click.
The domed sapphire crystal showcases the dial and the numbers in a really nice way that give it a warm feeling.
The screw-down crown has the Glashütte Original's double G surrounded by waves.
The satin-finish gives the timepiece „tool watch“ look that a diver watch should have.
The domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating is a very nice part of this watch and as I mention before it really looks like a acrylic crystal.
If we turn it around will we find a finely finished Glashütte Original manufactory movement behind the sapphire crystal case back.
The automatic Calibre 36-13 version is configured to the four principles: precision, stability, running time and aesthetics.
The bayonet mounting ensures that the movement is anchored in the case for particularly effective shock-resistance.
It features a remarkable 100-hour running time while the silicon balance spring enables reliably high rate precision.
The promise of quality integral to the Calibre 36 is also kept by the SeaQ Panorama Date.
This means not only that it meets the stringent DIN and ISO standards for diver’s watches, but that it must also
undergo the same demanding 24-day Exellence test. You can find more info about it if you click here>>
The Glashütte Original double-G on the skeletonized rotor.
Adjustment of rate by adjustment screws, fine adjustment of rate symmetry by swan-neck spring.
Silicon balance spring.
The Calibre 36-13 beats with 28 800 bph, and it has 41 jewels.
Exquisitely finished movement: bevelled edges, polished steel parts blued/polished screws,
Glashütte three-quarter plate with stripe finish, skeletonized rotor with 21 ct gold oscillation weight
The new stainless steel bracelet really fits well with this model in my opinion and it is possible to get it with synthetic or rubber strap too.
The double-G logo on the clasp is actually a push button that helps you adjust the length of the bracelet while wearing it.
The functionality of this clasp is in my view a perfect example of clever engineering.
The locking pin.
The adjustment steps.
The Super-LumiNova does a great job.
The blue radiance guarantees optimal legibility and a secure diving experience, even in murky waters.
What about a wrist shot?
You are welcome to experience more if you click below:
Xeric Trappist-1 NASA Edition
It start as a Kickstarter project approved by NASA.
Inside there is a black box.
A nice little box for the watch and they add a green NATO strap too.
This watch is a tribute to the Apollo missions and the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
The International Space Station use The Cupola dome layout for the windows, here it uses like a grille and a ring with romans.
The NASA logo is at the dial too.
The Hesalite crystal is a super domed.
The strap is made from U.S. Horween leather.
There is a lot of Super Luminova on this watch.
There are even Tritium tubes at the hour and minute hands.
The second hand is a constellation that sweaps around the dial like the stars in the night.
It is really cool in the dark.
The Miyota 82S0 maybe it's not so much to show but the rotor is cool.
IMHO this is just a fun and unique watch but nothing to use as a daily wearer.
Glashütte Original SeaQ
The manufactory Glashütte Original launched the new Spezialist collection in 2019.
The premiere model in this new collection is the new diver’s watch,
which unites history and innovation in exemplary fashion:
with a more vintage oriented model called SeaQ and with a more modern design
as SeaQ Panorama Date with black or blue dial.
The “Spezimatic Type RP TS 200”, developed specifically for sports divers in 1969,
served as an ideal example and inspiration for the new diver’s watches.
Here I will take a closer look at the SeaQ model in the Spezialist collection
with reference number 1-39-11-06-80-08.
The case is made of stainless steel with a solid screwed case back and a screw-down crown to make sure it can withstand 20 bar.
The date window is also in the right perspective for the 39.5 mm case in my opinion.
To achieve the vintage look, the hands and numbers have been applied with Super-LumiNova in the historic “Old Radium” hue.
The bezel inlay is made of ceramic and with 60 minutes markers and the bezel is unidirectional counter-clockwise with 120 clicks (representing 30 second-steps).
The case is satin-brushed with a bevel at the edge.
The domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating really gives the warm feeling of a acrylic crystal.
This reference has a grey synthetic 20 mm strap with a 18 mm stainless steel buckle. This model is also available with stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap.
The solid stainless steel case back with the logo and the continuous case number.
The case back is made of 2 parts so the logo always will be aligned:
an engraved and aligned base plate (mounted with a threaded bottom ring),
which shows, along with the trident with the Double-G and the 20 waves, the continuous case number.
Behind the case back will you find a Calibre 39-11 movement, unfortunately I have no pics of the movement in this watch so I borrow it from Glashütte Original's website.
The Calibre 39-11 has 40 hours +- 5% power reserve, 28800 bph and 25 jewels.
A few lume shots.
And a wrist shot.
It looks like it is time for a serious cleaning.
So I start bring out some tools.
And pull the bracelet off.
It looks like it is no luxury to getting deeper.
So up in the case opener.
And open it up.
The Oyster case is really good to keep the movement safe.
It is really clean.
So I pull off the crown.
And the movement.
The dial looks good too.
The well worn bezel keeps the plastic crystal in place.
Next step in the process to get it off.
So here is the parts that need some cleaning.
So 10 minutes in the ultrasonic will do it.
Some spare parts.
Pressing back the bezel.
Check so it is waterproof.
After that is ok it is time to put it together.
Great result at the timing machine.
So now it is good to serve me for another year.
It starts with my wife come home with a package to me.
A 3D printer that I have to put together.
This is something new for me so I have to figure it out how it works.
Next step is to figure it out how to print.
So I have to get some filament.
My first work did not go well, the freaking cat jump off the plate before it was finished.
So why not start with a serious project?
This is cool.
The quality is really good.
So after a few days it looks better and better.
And now I print like a pro.
And here is the final result.
Dornblüth and Sohn 20 years anniversary.
We start the 1000 kilometers roadtrip in a bad weather, here we leaving Sweden.
It looks not better on the way to Denmark.
Finally on the ferry to Germany.
We still have to fight with the rain in Germany.
Then when we arrive to Kalbe the weather looks good.
A nice stroll, looking at the old houses.
This streets have some history.
And this house I will come back to.
Now we need to prepare for the next day, of course we follow the traditions and get a schnitzel.
Then there will be creme brulee and plum snaps.
And it was so good that we order a bottle.
After a good sleep it looks nice from our hotel window.
Now it's time to see what The Dornblüth Team have to show us.
A big tent at the manufacturer will be the place for the presentation.
There was a lot of gifts.
Now the guests are ready for the news.
The Dornblüth Team are ready.
Now we all are curious about what is coming.
The 99.1 Medium in 40mm.
Next is a limited production of 20 pieces each. Quintus-2010 Jubilar.
Father and son, Dirk and Dieter Dornblüth the founder of the company.
Then we have to get something to eat before we looking closer at the watches.
The 40mm version of the 99.1
Here we see Dieter's private watch that is the inspiration for Quintus-2010 Jubilar.
A nice GUB movement with screwed chatons.
Here I come back to the door, coincident or inspiration?
The Quintus-2010 Jubilar will be made in 20 each in steel, rosegold and platinum.
Blued alpha hands.
Rhodium finish at the movement instaed of the rosegold finish that use to be a signum for Dornblüth watches.
A really nice looking movement.
The blue version.
And the black that was my favourite.
Quintus-2010 Großdatum (Big Date), the first Dornblüth with a date window.
And finally the 2010-Quintus Kraftzwölf (Power 12) that use the 12 as power reserve window.
Then we got a guided tour at the manufacturer, here where they made the dials.
The polishing machine for the ceramic dials.
Here is a lot going on.
I love the "bezel" at the magnifyer.
A dream for my mancave.
Some guy will soon get his new watch.
Here is where they blue the hands.
Now was the time to gather their impressions of the day over some food and talk watches with people from all over the world.
This dessert was really good IMHO because I love sour desserts.
Is there a better way to end a rewarding day?
A big thank you to The Dornblüth Team and all the nice people we met.
Jocke & Tony
can be a good thing.
Dornblüth & Sohn collection.
it's nice with some rest.
in the dark.
It's a teamwork.