These German Watches Recall the Best of 1960s Design

Glashütte Original’s newest retro-styled watches feature the brand’s excellent craftsmanship and new, icy blue lacquered dials.

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While sometimes overshadowed by its superstar neighbor A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original is a standout representative of German watchmaking’s renaissance. Affectionately known as GO, the brand embodies the mix of German sensibility and high-level craftsmanship that the town of Glashütte is known for. Its longstanding Sixties collection is a regular canvas for dial iterations, the newest of which are icy blue.

A simple three-hand, time-only version of the Sixties watch along with a chronograph have received the iced-out treatment for 2020, with lacquered dials produced in-house by the brand. Externally, these are conservatively styled watches that recall the decade they’re named for, with elements like a convex dial, stick hands and a groovy font for the prominent Arabic numerals. Inside, however, are extensively finished in-house automatic movements that are proudly on display through sapphire crystal case backs.

Unfortunately, these good looks and German craftsmanship aren’t cheap: Though cased in steel, both watches have will cost you a pretty penny and then some, with the 39mm, three-hand Glashütte Original Sixties watch priced around $7,130 and the 42mm Sixties Chronograph at about $8,745.

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