This German Dive Watch Introduces the Sporty Side of a Classical Watchmaker

May 20, 2019 Watches By
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For a brand more often associated with classical German watchmaking, the Spezialist collection introduces a new sport watch line from Glashütte Original and came as a bit of a surprise. While the collection is sure to expand with pilot watches and other sporty types, the Spezialist line begins with a dive watch referencing a historical model from the brand’s archives. The Spezialist SeaQ debuts with a few variations and is a strong entrant into the vintage-inspiration melee, with moderate sizing and distinctive looks.

While easily overshadowed by other 50th anniversaries of 1969 watchmaking achievements, the SeaQ pretty faithfully recreates the design of a dive watch made in that year called the Spezimatic Type RP TS 200. The modern Spezialist SeaQ has a steel case measuring 39.5mm by 12.1mm with 200m of water resistance and is powered by the in-house 39-11 automatic movement offering 40 hours of power reserve. The crystal is sapphire and the bezel insert is ceramic, as should be expected at this price level. The production SeaQ also features a sapphire exhibition case back, while a limited edition called the SeaQ 1969 (pictured) has a solid engraved case back along with some minor differences from the production model, such as lume color.

Also joining the SeaQ collection is a bolder 43.2mm-wide model, water-resistant to 300m, and featuring the brand’s signature complication, the “panorama date.” The Glashütte Original Spezialist SeaQ is distinctive looking among the many other vintage-inspired luxury dive watches out there, but it is also in a very competitive space, with prices starting around $9,500 for the production or limited SeaQ, or around $12,280 for the Panorama Date.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Longines Legend Diver 42mm Automatic ($2,400)
Omega Seamaster 300 Dive Watch ($6,800)
Panerai Luminor Marina 42mm PAM01392 ($7,600)
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