Generations of explorers and seafarers relied on marine chronometers, robust and highly precise ship clocks, which were much more than mere instruments. Encased in their precious wooden boxes, they defied high waves and rough weather, helping their owners to navigate the world’s untamed oceans in safety. In the process, they became indispensable companions for ship captains – and an inspiration to the watchmakers of Glashütte Original.
In 2009, the Saxon manufactory created an evocative tribute to this legendary class of robust timepieces in the form of the Senator Chronometer, an elegant and at the same time sophisticated timekeeper for the wrist. The most recent version, featuring a contemporary design with restyled red gold case and a slimmer bezel, was unveiled this past spring. Like its predecessors, it accompanies the wearer reliably through all situations in life, thanks to its certified accuracy. Every single piece is tested for accuracy by the German Calibration Service, which measures its performance over 15 days against strict standards. The watch may only bear the title “chronometer” if it passes the tests in five different positions and at three different temperatures within a maximum average daily rate deviation of no more than two seconds. The manufactory made manual winding movement Calibre 58-01 with zero-reset mechanism, “jumping” Panorama Date and a power reserve of just under 45 hours easily meets these criteria.