Glashutte Original Unveils Unique Marine Chronometer Set

Oct 27, 2010
Glashutte Original pays tribute to marine chronometers and the art of sea navigation, having restored thirteen original marine chronometers. Each piece from the unique collection is accompanied by officially certified Senator Chronometer Platinum. The two mechanical chronometers are united not simply by aesthetic characteristics but also by the brand’s tradition of high-precision watchmaking.

The marine chronometers originally produced in Glashutte have been restored by the brand’s specialists. As for the second member of the collection, this is the Platinum version of the Senator Chronometer, the timepiece was honored by multiple “Watch of the Year” awards in 2010. The remarkable pair of the timekeepers is housed in a handmade oak case.

The first mechanical marine chronometers appeared in the 19th century. About 13,000 of the instruments were born in Glashutte in the period that comprised more than a century. Thirteen of them, dating back to the last years of production in Glashutte, were found while preparing for the opening of the German Watch Museum Glashutte.

The experts have thoroughly restored and finished each of the Glashutte Original Marine chronometers. They have nicely polished their housing that acquired a refined rhodium finish, the same as the fittings and screws.

The brand’s restoration specialists constructed new gimbal mountings for the chronometers, while highly qualified artisans crafted matt black oak cases. During the restorative work, the specialists tested and adjusted all parts of the chronometer movements and performed meticulous finishing. The movement plates, bridges, screws and pillars were finely ground, polished and finished with hard gilding.

The specialists examined, re-worked and polished the balance rim, weights and adjustment screws. They also restored the dial, having refurbished the refined frosted silver plating so as to retain the authentic milled, black inlay numbers and indexes. The signature style of the marine chronometers was further accentuated by new fonts and the numbering of each unit.

The unique chronometers are paired with the Senator Chronometer Platinum watches. The exquisite „Chemin de fer“ minute ring will make you think of the classic look of the brand’s marine chronometers. The wristwatches also demonstrate a number of other details inspired by the navigational instruments.

The Glashutte Original Senator Chronometer watch represents the first precision instrument of the brand to be crowned with official chronometer certification that proves its highest rate precision.

The timepiece boasts an innovative stop-seconds reset mechanism that allows the wearer to easily synchronize the minute and second hands when setting the time. One more advantage of the watch is its rapid date change mechanism – the brand’s panorama date display jumps forward exactly at midnight. Watch lovers will also appreciate the newly elaborated planetary gear train for the power reserve display.

The Senator Chronometer watch is housed in an exclusive platinum case. The antireflective sapphire crystal case-back allows one to drop a glance at the inner life of the Caliber 58-01. The movement demonstrates a nicely decorated three-quarter plate, screw-mounted gold chatons and hand-engraved balance cock.

The silvery dial is completed with black Roman numerals and indexes. The time is indicated by polished blued steel hands. The wristwatch is presented on a hand-crafted Louisiana alligator leather bracelet.

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