Glashütte Original have had a really strong 2022 so far and leading the charge for them have been watches like the SeaQ Green and the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. It would make sense then that by taking the titular complications of the latter and fusing them with the case of the former, you’d get another spectacular timepiece. Enter the Glashütte Original SeaQ Chronograph, the brand’s first dive watch chronograph.
When the SeaQ first debuted in 2019 it was hailed as a strong, sporty design with plenty of retro dive watch charm and the same goes for this latest addition to the family. It has a 43.2mm diameter case made from stainless steel and touts a water resistant rating of 300m. It’s nice that despite adding an additional complication that requires pushers, the watch sacrifices none of the SeaQ’s tool watch ruggedness.
Although, while the design may be rugged and durable, it also has Glashütte Original’s classy and elegant aesthetic. A rich blue dial with sunray brushed finishing, plus matching tone subdials and panorama date window. Additionally, it has an equally blue ceramic dive bezel, providing superlative scratch resistance and a colour that will never fade.
It all sits perfectly within the frame of the SeaQ Collection, the large size of the dive watch easily accommodating the busier dial. In fact, this is such a natural progression for the SeaQ that unless I knew that this is a new piece, I’d almost swear it already existed, like some sort of Mandela effect. Of course, there is some debate in the community as to whether a chronograph belongs on dive watch because it impedes legibility, but the SeaQ has always been more of a desk diver anyway so the extra chronograph utility doesn’t hurt.
Powering the SeaQ Chronograph is the automatic, manufacture calibre 37-23, which is a tweaked version of Glashütte Original’s calibre 37 series. It has increased shock resistance to counteract the knocks experienced by a diving watch underwater.
Beyond that it has a 70-hour power reserve, 28,800 vph frequency and features central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds with additional small seconds, a 30-minute timer and a panorama date at 6 o’clock. It’s decorated in typical GO fashion with a three quarter plate displaying Glashütte stripes and a skeletonised rotor featuring a double G logo.
The SeaQ Chronograph is available on a range of strap and bracelet options. The rubber strap and synthetic options are both £12,000 or £12,200 depending on whether you choose the folding fastener or clasp and the stainless steel bracelet option is £13,000. Compared to the regular SeaQ Panorama Date that’s an increase of about £2,000 for all strap and bracelet options.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Glashütte Original SeaQ Chronograph
- Ref: 1-37-23-02-81-70 (stainless steel bracelet)
1-37-23-02-81-33 (rubber strap)
1-37-23-02-81-34 (synthetic grey strap)
1-37-23-02-81-36 (synthetic blue strap)
- Case/dial: 43.2mm diameter x 16.95mm thickness, stainless steel case, dark blue PVD coated dial
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
- Movement: Glashütte Original calibre 37-23, automatic
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 70h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, panorama date
- Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with fold fastener or rubber strap with fold fastener or clasp or synthetic grey or blue strap with fold fastener or clasp
- Price/availability: £12,000 (synthetic or rubber strap with clasp), £12,200 (synthetic or rubber strap with fold fastener) and £13,000 (stainless steel bracelet)