What does the German “top vintage stopwatch” look like with a public price of 70,000?

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What does the German “top vintage stopwatch” look like with a public price of 70,000?

[Watch Review] Over the past two years, the influence of retro style on wristwatches cannot be ignored. Classic chronographs, which have been active in the market, have become a good choice to pair with retro style. In terms of the new retro chronograph watches released in recent years, there are designs inspired by vintage sports cars, paying homage to pocket watches, and carrying on the classic “panda dial”. However, there is one retro chronograph watch that has stood apart since its inception. In today’s article, we will talk about it – the Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition (Watch model: 1-39-34-06-22-04).

The Glashütte Original Sixties collection is dedicated to retro style, as can be inferred from its name. The inspiration for this collection comes from the fashion trends of the 1960s. Being unique and unconventional was the benchmark of the 60s, so you can see many different interpretations in the Sixties collection. The Sixties watch (three-hand version), Sixties Big Date watch, Sixties Small Seconds watch, and the Sixties Chronograph version, among which the Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition is singled out. The term “Annual Edition” means that this watch is only available for a limited time.

Real shot of the watch:

The new Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition features a stainless steel case with a polished finish on the front, sides, and lugs. The watch has a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 12.4mm, making it a reasonable size.

Looking at the watch from the side, the crystal is polished into an arched shape, which is a signature design of the Sixties collection and a typical design of retro-style watches.

At the same time, the pump-style crown is also a design element of retro-style watches. The stainless steel crown is engraved with the double G logo symbolizing the brand.

(Annual Edition of the Sixties Chronograph in previous years)

The design of the dial is, in my opinion, the most outstanding feature of the watch. Let’s first take a look at the dial of the previous Annual Edition of the Sixties Chronograph. The 2020 edition features a glacial blue color with a sunray pattern, while the 2021 edition features a green color with a light relief pattern.

This time, the new 2023 Annual Edition continues with the light relief pattern and is paired with a new starry gray color. In addition, the previous Annual Editions used stainless steel hands and hour markers, while this new watch uses red gold-plated hands and hour markers.

(Gray-black with red gold, echoing the colors of the universe)

When I first saw the official description of the “starry gray” dial, I had some doubts. How could the stars be gray? But when I saw this set of pictures, everything became clear. In the essence of Glashütte Original’s creation lies the DNA of the Germans, and every detail on the watch is the result of meticulous research and precise measurements. Even though the final presentation is “simple” and “casual”.

(The embossed pattern on the dial is an original design by the brand)

(The dial color changes from the center to the periphery)

The shallow relief pattern on the dial is created using traditional tools. Each dial blank needs to be pressed with a 60-ton press to imprint the pattern on it, resulting in a unique “canvas”.

During the coloring process, Glashütte Original’s “painters” first spray black paint on a brass dial to create a dark band around the edges. Then, gray lacquer is applied to the surface. Finally, the dial is fired in a kiln to fix the color. As a result, you can see that the gray-black tone gradually changes from light and bright in the center to dark and dim towards the edges, creating a gradient effect.

(The sub-dials are decorated with a record pattern)

The sub-dials are decorated with a record pattern. The turning tools cut fine metal wires from the rotating dial blank, creating grooved patterns. I noticed that Glashütte Original especially likes to use this pattern on the sub-dials.

It is worth mentioning that Glashütte Original is one of the few watchmakers that can independently manufacture dials. The entire process of designing, producing, and final testing of the dials for all the brand’s watches is done in-house at the Glashütte Original dial factory.

The watch features a small seconds sub-dial at 3 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, and a central chronograph seconds hand. It has a hacking function, allowing for more precise time adjustment.

(Artistic numerals)

White Arabic numerals are printed at the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions, which is a classic design of the Sixties Chronograph. The numerals, brand logo, and Glashütte i/Sa inscription are all hand-printed by dial craftsmen using pad printing.

(Luminous effect)

In addition, Super-LumiNova luminous coating is applied to the hour, minute, and index dots on the dial. This allows for easy and accurate reading of the time even in dark environments.

(Glashütte Original 39-34 automatic movement)

Turning to the back of the watch, the caseback is also arched in design. Through the caseback, you can see the 39-34 automatic movement fitted in the watch, which is independently developed by Glashütte Original. As a traditional movement of the brand, the 39-34 automatic movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and has a power reserve of 40 hours.

(The movement is decorated with Glashütte’s classic stripes, three-quarter plate, and swan-neck fine adjustment mechanism)

In terms of movement decoration, the iconic Glashütte stripes, three-quarter plate, and swan-neck fine adjustment mechanism, which are the hallmarks of German watches, are present in this movement. In addition, the edges are chamfered and all stainless steel parts are polished. The 21K gold rotor features a hollow design with the double G logo, adding a sense of beauty and luxury.

(The nylon weave strap is 100% made from recycled fishing nets)

(The stainless steel buckle is polished and engraved with the double G logo)

In terms of the choice of strap, this new Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition features a blue nylon weave strap (previous Annual Editions were mostly paired with calfskin straps). In fact, since earlier this year, I have noticed that Glashütte Original has consciously been recommending nylon weave straps. The brand collaborates with a French partner to clean, rinse, grind, and degrade discarded fishing nets (one of the largest marine waste) to form recyclable yarn, which is then used to make straps. In addition to the blue strap featured on this watch, black and gray options are also available.

Compared to other straps, nylon weave straps have good breathability and durability. They also have the advantage of quick-drying and can conform well to the curvature of the wrist, providing comfortable wear. More importantly, it is a growing trend in sustainable fashion.

The new Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition is now officially available in Glashütte Original boutiques and authorized retailers, with an official price of RMB 70,000. If you like it, you can visit the store to try it on and feel it for yourself!

In summary, the 2023 Annual Edition of the Sixties Chronograph features a starry gray dial, red gold hands and hour markers, and a blue nylon weave strap. It creates a new look and feel with its unique color scheme and materials. For the Sixties Chronograph Annual Edition, it not only embodies retro style and a sporty atmosphere but also has a temperament different from other retro chronograph watches. What sets it apart? It is the fusion of “unconventional” and “German precision,” the unique source of inspiration, the independently developed dial and movement, and the one-of-a-kind decoration. But I think it is more of a feeling, and this feeling probably stems from Glashütte Original’s commitment to originality.

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