The Sixties Iconic Collection by Glashütte Original is a lovely tribute to 1960s style, with the new colour and jazzy typography that became distinctive features of pop culture in that decade. It shows the importance of being able to construct your own movements: Glashütte Original decided that they didn’t want a date window on this timepiece, and it benefits enormously.
Glashütte Original Sixties Caseback
The watch is also a reference to the rather different atmosphere in Eastern Germany at that time, where the state-owned VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe – the conglomerate that had absorbed all the previously private watch brands in Glashütte – launched a wristwatch that was to become an icon: Spezimatic. It was introduced in 1964 and it was a fairly luxurious timepiece at the time, with the calibre 74 movement, at that time the slimmest automatic movement in the world. For this reason it was called the Spezial Automatic, abbreviated to Spezimatic. They have now become collectors’ pieces.
Glashütte Original Sixties Red
The Sixties Iconic Collection comprises five watches in distinctive colours, and the models are named Sixties Red, Sixties Golden, Sixties Aqua, Sixties Brown and Sixties Grey. The 1960s effect is enhanced by the graded colour effect on the domed dial, created by hand using a special spray gun.
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Glashütte Original Aqua
Each watch is rendered unique by this treatment. Hour and minute hands are also slightly arched. The 39mm case is virtually unisex. It contains the in-house Calibre 39-52 movement, automatic, with a power reserve of 40 hours. Retail price of this watch is €6,300 inclusive of VAT. www.glashuette-original.com/sixties-iconic