I’ve been wanting to review the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer watch since it was debuted back in 2009. Part of the larger Senator watch collection, the Senator Chronometer has a beautiful symmetrical dial design and wonderful feature set that make for an attractive and technically superior timepiece. Pictures alone don’t do the Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer justice because the real appeal here is what it is like to operate the movement.
The Senator Chronometer is the Glashütte, Germany-based brand’s first “chronometer” watch. Most people consider “chronometer” watches to be certified by COSC in Switzerland, but that isn’t always the case. There are also German chronometer watches which mirror the COSC standards and are certified by the Glashütte Observatory. The watch retailer Wempe – who also produces watches under their house label – apparently set up a certification department in the Glashütte Observatory in about 2006 designed to test watches that fall within certain performance requirements under DIN 8319 standards. While German and Swiss chronometers both share the daily rate result maximum range of minus four or plus six seconds per day, there is an important difference.
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