- Elegant, conservative design
- In-house calibers
- Intricate complications such as a tourbillon and diary appointment
- Stainless steel, red gold, and white gold cases
- Panorama date
Senator: Classic Luxury Watches
The Senator plays an important role in Glashütte Original's overall portfolio. It's found in two of this German manufacturer's collections. Senator models are in the Quintessentials collection as well as the Art & Technik collection. Thus, you have a wide selection to choose from; there are more than two dozen different models. Each has a classic look, however, making the Senator the perfect dress watch. Most versions have spade hands, a traditional hand design which emphasizes the classic characteristics of most Senator watches. In combination with a light-colored dial, Glashütte Original often utilizes cornflower blue hands.
Strictly speaking, Glashütte Original is a brand name and not the actual manufacturer, which is Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb GmbH. This manufacturer is the successor to the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB), which was the only watch manufacturer that existed in Glashütte during the German Democratic Republic. Since the German reunification in 1990, many watch manufacturers have set up shop in Glashütte. Some had disappeared from Glashütte after the Second World War, either fleeing west, like Tutima
, or merging with other companies to form the Volkseigenen Betrieb, a state-owned company, like A. Lange & Söhne
was forced to do in the early 1950s. Other companies are completely new, such as Nomos
and Moritz Grossmann
. Since the Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe GmbH is the one company to be born out of the VEB, it has the longest standing tradition.
The mechanical watches that were produced in Glashütte during the GDR were predominantly simple and affordable. Many were even exported to the West and sold at cheap prices in mail-order catalogs. The watches from Glashütte Original are on a whole other level, however. The new owners changed their trajectory in the 1990s and began to focus on the luxury watch market. Nothing changed when the largest watch concern in the world, the Swatch Group, took over the Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe in 2000. The Senator is a perfect illustration of the company's philosophy. The watches are handmade, and the calibers are made in-house. You can buy a new Senator watch with a chronograph function for as little as 5,000 euros.
Are you interested in buying an elegant watch that goes well with a suit? The Glashütte Original Senator is a good alternative to luxury watches from more well-known Swiss brands. The watch is Made in Germany and comes from the company's namesake town, Glashütte. It didn't take long for Glashütte to develop into the center of German luxury watches.
One of the most beloved models in the series is the Senator Perpetual Calendar from the Art & Technik collection. The starting price for this watch is around 10,000 euros. The watch displays the date, day of the week, month, and moon phase; overall, it has more complications than its name lets on. Its name refers to its perpetual calendar complication, which will display the correct date until the year 2100, including leap years. The Senator Perpetual Calendar is available with a white, black, or blue dial. Roman numerals and spade hands emphasize the watch's classic look. The date is displayed in characteristic Glashütte Original fashion: in a large panorama date display. The date is located at six o'clock and the moon phase display is located at eight o'clock. The case has a diameter of 42 mm, and you have the choice between 750/000 red gold and stainless steel. The caliber 100-02 powers the Senator Perpetual Calendar.
The Senator Diary is also popular amongst Glashütte Original fans. Its name comes from a revolutionary complication from Glashütte Original. An alarm will ring for 80 seconds on a certain day at a certain time to remind you of an upcoming event - you just have to remember which one. The complication functions up to 30 days in advance. A subdial with a round scale from 0 to 31 is at nine o'clock. You can set the day of the alarm on the subdial. A window at six o'clock aids in setting the alarm time. This Senator model has a bit of a different design than its siblings: It has stick indices rather than Roman numerals, and baton hands instead of spade hands. These features give it a more modern and technical look. This is especially true of the version with a black dial and stainless steel case and bracelet. This model is also available with a 750/000 red gold case. The stainless steel version starts at around 12,000 euros, and the gold version costs over 20,000 euros.
The Senator Observer from the Quintessentials collection is another popular model. Its predecessors are deck watches which were once used for marines and members of the air force. Spade hands, a railway-track minute scale, and Arabic numerals lend the watch a rather conservative look that does not take away from the original, technical purpose of the deck watches. However, if you want a watch with more emphasis on functionality, then try out the version with green luminous indices and sword hands.
The date is displayed above six o'clock on this rather large 44-mm watch. Its circular power reserve indicator is located at three o'clock, and the small seconds is across from it at nine o'clock. Its subdial layout makes it easy to confuse the Observer with a bicompax chronograph.
The Senator Calibers
The in-house caliber 100 powers most watches in the Senator series. It winds itself automatically via the natural motion of your hand, vibrates at 28,800 alternations per hour (A/h), and has a power reserve of 55 hours. Its three-quarter plate has a stripe finish, and the rotor is made of 21-karat gold and features the golden double G logo.
Glashütte Original modified the caliber 100 to add additional complications. The Senator Diary is powered by the caliber 100-13, a movement with 631 individual pieces and 86 jewel bearings.
Many, but not all Senator watches, use the 100 caliber. However, the Senator Tourbillon is an exception; it uses the caliber 94-03, which runs at 21,600 A/h. The small seconds is located at six o'clock, above the tourbillon cage.