Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition 2020

In 2018 Glashütte Original surprised us in the best possible way by forsaking their uber-traditional German roots in favour of a crazed bright orange dial of their Sixties. Then they followed it up last year with the unmissable green version, even more striking than before. Now the Sixties is back again for its annual show-stopped and what do we have? A kind of grey-blue.

Yes, yes, it’s not the kind of crazy brightness we were waiting for, nor does it have the cracked, tropical-style finish of the previous models. But if you’ve not seen what came before then the Sixties Glacier Blue is still a very fine watch indeed.

Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition 2020

The dial, the focal point of the Sixties annual editions is as well-made as ever, just in a slightly different way. The dial blanks are given a sunray finish before being given a galvanic nickel coating and finished with dark blue lacquer for that smoked, dégradé effect. Then the entire thing is lacquered in the lighter, glacier blue you see in the centre of the dial, all before heating in a kiln to set the colours.

The format of the Sixties is the same as ever, with its elegant 39mm stainless steel case and sublimely-finished Calibre 39-52 automatic movement. This time however the time-only model is joined by a chronograph equivalent.

Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition 2020

The Sixties Chronograph is just as elegant, but at 42mm is larger enough to be considered a sportier model. It’s equipped with the Calibre 39-47 in-house chronograph movement, but the subdial counters are subtle enough that they don’t detract from the dial. I’d still opt for the time only version myself, but the chrono’s a nice addition all the same.

Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition 2020

The Sixties Glacier Blue models aren’t limited editions in the strictest sense, but they are only available for a limited time. Whether you can nab one before we’re let out of isolation though remains to be seen.

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Glashütte Original Sixties Annual Edition 2020
Ref: 1-39-52-14-02-04
Case/Dial: 39mm diameter x 9.4mm height, stainless steel
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Calibre 39-52, in-house, automatic
Functions: Hours and minutes, power reserve
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 40h
Strap: Brown-grey nubuck calfskin, pin buckle
Price: Euro 6,600

Model Name: Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition 2020
Ref: 1-39-34-04-22-02
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 12.4mm height, stainless steel
Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Calibre 39-34, in-house, automatic
Functions: Hours and minutes, chronograph with stop second, 30 minutes display, small second (off-centre), second stop
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 40h
Strap: Brown-grey nubuck calfskin, pin buckle
Price: Euro 8,100

More details at Glashütte Original’s website.