Introducing Glashütte Original SeaQ in Reed GreenBy Bhanu Chopra
The SeaQ is inspired by Glashütte Original’s historical diver’s watch from 1969, manufactured by then state-owned entity VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB). The Spezimatic Type RP TS 200 was one of the many innovations out of the Glashütte watchmaking industry, and Glashütte Original takes inspiration from the original design, but upgrades the functionality with modern materials.
The SeaQ conforms completely to the DIN and ISO standards for water resistance, legibility, shock resistance and resistance to saltwater corrosion, among many other criteria — making it a reliable and safe timepiece for dives under most conditions, and at depths of up to 200 meters.
Glashütte Original has selected the North American market to initially launch the new SeaQ, and later in the summer, making it available worldwide. There are five references for SeaQ Reed Green – all in various strap combinations.
Even though SeaQ Reed Green is another variation of the existing model, Glashütte Original is really showcasing their dial manufacturing skills in the now integrated German dial manufactory of Th. Müller, based in Pforzheim.
The dial is in German is known as Schilfgrün, which translates to reed green. It is a rich green lacquered dial with silver applied numerals, SuperLumiNova inlaid indices and hands, and a matching date aperture at three o’clock. The rotating bezel fitted with green ceramic inlay that continues the color scheme and is scratch resistant for durability.
Engraved with the trident maritime symbol, the Glashütte Original double-G and 20 waves to represent the water resistance to 20 bar (200 meters), the case back is aligned and secured via a threaded bottom ring. The SeaQ is equipped with the automatic caliber 39-11, which boasts elaborate finishing — a skeletonized rotor with heavy metal oscillation weight, beveled edges, Glashütte stripe finish and swan-neck fine adjustment. Glashütte Original has used swan-neck fine adjustment since 1888, as an elegant and efficient instrument to regulate the rate of a watch.
The SeaQ Reed Green is available with three straps: black rubber with a relief pattern, grey synthetic and a stainless-steel bracelet.
Case: 39.5 mm x 12.15 mm, polished/satin-brushed stainless steel
Movement: Automatic caliber 39-11, frequency 4Hz with 28,800 A/h,
Functions: Hour, minute and second, second stop, date
Strap: Black rubber, grey synthetic strap, stainless steel bracelet
Availability: March 2021
Price: From $9,000 on synthetic or rubber strap to $10,200 on bracelet