The execution of the dial is simple, domed baseplate, sunburst finishing, degradé lacquer, diamond cut slots and index printing, and the execution is flawlessly precise:
(Dial detail showing the perfectly crafted elements)
On the back, Glashütte Original elected to continue the curvature of the dial into the sapphire case back – allowing an almost exhibitionist view on and into the movement:
Base calibre is the tried and trusted automatic Glashütte Original Cal. 39-52, originally developed already under communist rule in Eastern Germany. For me, it exemplifies the qualities I hold dear for the second manufacturer in Glashütte, i.e. chronometric performance, ruggedness and reliability.
The watch comes on a brown-grey calfskin nubuck strap and a simple tang buckle, which for me fits nicely into the overall package: totally adequate with a twist!
(The nubuck strap and the branded tang buckle)
As far as I am concerned, the Glashütte Original is an everyday companion with a twist, fun to wear but not overbearing:
The same also applies to the slightly larger chronograph, which is a touch sportier due to the larger diameter and the ‘sporty’ complication. The subdials add a bit more detail to the dial surface, albeit – for me at least – at the expense of the glow that the vast uncluttered dial area of the smaller version offers.
Overall another fine offering, with the small ‘module’ fly in the ointment: the chronograph is a Dubois-Dépraz module added to the base movement, transforming it into the Cal. 39-34 – a sensible choice at the given price point.
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