Baselworld 2012: Glashütte Original Senator Observer Julius Assmann 1911

UPDATE:  clarify–there are actually 3 variations of this watch being produced:  1) the Assman/Amundsen limited edition I previewed last December, 2) the grey dial you see below, and 3) a white-dialed version of the same watch very similar to the Assmann/Amundsen LE

A modest pre-Basel teaser from one of my favorite brands, “made in Germany” Glashütte Original.  I say modest because this is not a “new” model, per se, but rather a new dial color for the Senator Observer Julius Assmann 1911 (Roald Amundsen tribute) which I already reported on this past December.  In all fairness, though, both models are making their official debut at Baselworld 2012 and are nice looking watches — so let’s give them their due appreciation.  Now, in contrast to the silver-dialed Roald Amundsen tribute watch (click over and read the full story on this — it’s quite interesting), today’s model features a lacquered grey grained dial.  This effect (as you can see in the close-ups below), is built up slowly from three separate layers of lacquer, resulting in finely textured, grained surface.  Glashütte Original’s compelling panorama date — the only “big date” where both date wheels are on the same level — display features prominently at 6 o’clock.  Nicely attention to detail on the date window with the white numerals on black background, as my watch friend Frank @Monochrome pointed out earlier today.  Can’t wait to see what else is in the GO lineup for 2012!

Glashütte Original Senator Observer Julius Assmann 1911

44mm polished steel case, automatic mechanical manufacture Caliber 100-14, available on alligator strap or “vintage” brown calfskin (both shown below)

 definitely looks better on the gator strap (left)

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  • Serge Logelain

    looks better on the calf strap imho, more authentic for an observer watch