As we showed in the recent Great Outdoors issue of Oracle Time, Glashütte Original’s Seventies Chronograph is no stranger to a dash of colour.
Unlike the green version we reviewed recently, the latest versions of the German watchmaker’s retro luxury watch lean into the decade they’re named after with two new colours: Disco Blue and Vibing Orange.
While they’re about as painfully named as the previous Fab Green, the colours are phenomenal. I have a think for ostentatiously bright dials at any point, and these for me are flamboyant in the best possible way, a serious pop of colour on the wrist.
The bright blue of a Miami swimming pool, the orange of a sunset cocktail, the dials are glorious. The cases are the same vintage-flavoured stainless steel cases with their retro rounded square shape, something that’s come to define the coolest of Glashütte Original’s watch collections.
The 40mm size hits that perfect sweet spot of impact and wearability, whether it’s on the stainless steel bracelet or integrated rubber strap. I’d probably opt for the latter to make this a proper summer watch.
Inside is the in-house Calibre 37-02 automatic movement, decorated in typical German fashion with Glashütte stripes and a column wheel chronograph. It’s a lovely movement and, with a 70-hour power reserve, respectable enough to match the price point.
So, the big question, which of the two do I prefer? Well, I want to say the Disco Blue; but I already have a couple of watches in similar, Tiffany Blue-adjacent colours.
It’s a hard choice, but if someone were offering to buy me one (and anyone reading this is more than welcome to do so), it would be that almost terracotta orange. Not that I’d send back either, of course.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date Limited Edition
- Ref: 1-37-02-11-02-63 (vibing orange – rubber strap)
1-37-02-11-02-70 (vibing orange – stainless steel bracelet)
1-37-02-10-02-63 (disco blue – rubber strap)
1-37-02-10-02-70 (disco blue – stainless steel bracelet)
- Case/dial: 40mm stainless steel case, coloured lacquer dial
- Movement: Calibre 37-02 with silicon balance spring, automatic
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 70h
- Functions: Hours, minutes (central), small seconds (off centre), seconds stop, panorama date, chronograph with flyback, stop-second, 20 minute counter, 12 hour counter, power reserve display
- Strap: Black rubber strap with butterfly shape folding clasp or stainless steel bracelet
- Price/availability: EUR 14,200 (approx. £12,000)