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The Manual Wind: Glashutte Original Senator Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

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go70chron5aIconic watches are often targets.  The best of the best, of anything, will forever be replicated.  The original anything is always up on that pedestal, but what happens when the imitation ends up  be just as desired?  That might be the case with another offering out of Glashutte, Germany.  With its design not that far off of the iconic Genta designed Patek Philippe Nautilus, Glashutte Original gets elegantly sporty with its latest; the Senator Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date.

go70chron1aSet in stainless steel, this T.V. screen cushion shaped case houses the newly designed Glashutte caliber 37-02.  One of my favorite chronograph movements on the market right now, this movement leaves nothing to be desired.  Fully in-house, this chronograph boasts a central stop seconds hand, 30 minute and 12 hour counters, a small seconds with power reserve indicator (70 hour power reserve), flyback function, and not to leave out the two wheel fifteen jewel big date complication that Glashutte is known for.

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go70chron2Offered with three dial combinations, each has its own persona.  Slate grey offers modern elegance, silver offers classic dress, and the blue dial offers a true retro sport that harkens back to the  seventies.  Multiple strap options include a steel bracelet with large center links (similar to the Patek Nautilus), crocodile straps, and newly offered rubber strap.

By offering this wide variety of combinations, Glashutte has made a piece that in some arenas will fit every watch buyers go70chron8needs. Whether it be sport and elegance with the grey dial on a bracelet, or a dress non-round chronograph with the silver dial and black crocodile strap, this piece has the variants necessary for all.

Some say to copy is the grandest form of flattery.  I say, you might resemble another, but if you own it, it is truly yours.  Glashutte has certainly owned it with the Senator Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date.  See more of the timepiece here.

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