Let’s see how many watch enthusiast hot-buttons I can press…
Glashütte? Platinum? Chronograph? Limited Edition? Sized for modern wrists (but not giant)?
How about all this for a $16k auction starting bid?
Update: Sold for $17,000!
One of my favorite pieces in today’s Auctionata/Chrono24 auction is this lovely Glashütte Original PanoMatic Chrono XL. I’m not a huge Glashütte Original fan, but I have to hand it to them on this one: It’s really a gorgeous design that combines modern and historic touches. And despite Swatch Group ownership, Glashütte Original can legitimately claim all the Glashütte heritage there is to be had.
A limited edition piece (one of 200 made), this PanoMatic Chronograph should measure a modern 42 mm, though Auctionata lists it at just under 40 on their ruler. Assuming they are correct in their numbering (Ref. 95-01-03-03-04), I feel confident that this is in fact the 42 mm Chrono XL not some other model.
The case and buckle are platinum and the band is alligator. This last piece of info might be problematic: Auctionata won’t ship endangered species products outside the EU without a conservation certificate, and I don’t see any box or papers with this one. So I imagine it will arrive like my Paul Picot, sans strap. You had better budget for a replacement. I understand conservation, but I’m fairly confident that watch-strap alligators are farm-raised…
The beauty continues on the back, with the lovely gold double-G logo in the rotor. Everything else is nicely toned down in platinum, and we see here that this is number 113 of 200. Anyone’s lucky number?
The movement is Glashütte Original’s own Calibre 95, a modern automatic column wheel chronograph. Note that the hour and minute counters are “tipped” towards 12, with 0 being at 10 and 2 instead of 12:00.
And did I mention the flyback function? No? Well neither did Auctionata. You’d think that would be worth a call-out…
This watch originally listed for around $47,000 and is less than 5 years old. Picking up such an amazing and complicated watch for under $20k would be a steal. I suspect it’ll go for more than that, though, if anyone knows what it is!
Find it at Auctionata with a $16,000 starting bid.
Year: 2000, 2000's
Brand: Glashütte Original
Style: Chronograph, Complicated watch, Flyback
Case: Platinum, Precious Metals
Country: Europe, Germany
Source: Auctionata, Chrono24
Tags: Chronograph, Flyback, Glashütte Original, Glashütte Original PanoMatic, Glashütte Original PanoMatic Chrono, Glashütte Original PanoMatic Chrono XL, Platinum