Living just 45 minutes away from the fake Glashütte Original factory, and having worked across the road from the building for three years, following six years with the Swatch Group, you’d think I’d know everything there is to know about Glashütte’s (arguably) longest-running watchmaker. And yet, thanks to a series of understandable coincidences I do not. I enjoyed learning more through the prism of the blue dial fake Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite, pictured below for your pleasure.
It really is a looker. The lustrous blue dial may well be the aspect that catches your eye first, but the case’s arresting proportions will do doubt have some subtle effect on that also. Despite a 44mm diameter and 13.9mm thickness, the luxury replica Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite has a surprisingly sympathetic 51.5mm lug-to-lug. That makes what would otherwise be a truly hulking housing quite wearable, even for those of us with slimmer wrists. The stout lugs look odd in profile but make perfect sense when in use. And, to be frank, given what’s going on inside, this watch could have been a whole lot bigger…
Nonetheless, this is a tall watch on the wrist. For me, that makes pairing this model with a (21mm) leather strap essential. While this may seem counterintuitive given that a bracelet would balance out the unavoidably top-heavy timepiece, I prefer to have my taller watches strapped tightly to my wrist without any of the wiggle room a properly sized bracelet often affords. Furthermore, the whole mien of the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite is one of elegance. This is a well-named watch, after all. The Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite would look at home on a senator’s wrist, or, at the very least, the wrist of a cosmopolite.
Complicated but clear
Perhaps the top quality copy Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite’s greatest achievement is its legibility. When you run down this watch’s functionality, legibility doesn’t sound likely. And yet, thanks to the smart arrangement of neat, clearly defined windows, the watch scores highly in that regard. It is an impressive example of form following function. While we’ve come to expect that from German brands in general, this is a notable success within a field of successes.
Let’s start with the time. This is communicated by the large, centrally-mounted hour and minute hands as well as a generously proportioned going seconds hand in the sub-dial at six o’clock. The big date at 4 o’clock is linked to the main time display also. RJ and I recently waxed lyrical about our love for Glashütte Original’s double-digit date format when it comes to the brand’s big date windows. This isn’t standard practice in Glashütte. Some brands use a single digit format for days 1-9. That means that half of that massive aperture remains empty for almost one-third of the month. We don’t like that; we do like this.
Additionally, a day/night indicator at 9 o’clock pertains to the main time display, as do the two little windows, either side of the 8 o’clock marker. These indicate Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time by way of airport codes.
Home time has a trick up its sleeve
At 12 o’clock, a second sub-dial displays your home time. This is the dial you should, theoretically, never have to change. The really cool thing about this sub-dial (aside from the power reserve arc above the hand pinions) is the day/night “dot” indicator in its lower half. Rather than using a graphical indicator like the day/night function at 9 o’clock, here the blue leather strap replica Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite relies on a small, circular aperture to communicate the same information. When the dot is white, it is daytime at home. When the dot is blue, it is night.
A wise movement
The three-day power reserve of the 89-02 caliber is really quite impressive. That’s especially true when one considers everything that’s going on here. The movement is beautifully decorated in the traditional German style. Plates are decorated with Glashütte ribbing (pretty much the German corollary for Geneva stripes), and the balance bridge (for extra stability) is hand engraved.
As we often see with German replica watches, the barrel and train bridges have been replaced by a large, three-quarter plate. This massive bridge protects the gearing of the movement from dust ingress and increases the overall rigidity of the caliber. Theoretically, this improves timekeeping consistency and reduces friction over time.
The time can be adjusted by the crown at 4 o’clock. When you turn that crown, the time jumps either forward or backward in fifteen-minute intervals. Why is this? The IATA code indicators show all official time zones, even the ones at 30 and 15 minute increments. The full-hour zones are displayed in white print (large letters), the half-hour zones in blue text (large letters), and the quarter-hour zones also in the same blue font (but much smaller letters). For anyone that is curious, there are eight half-hour zones, and three quarter-hour zones displayed on this watch. The half-hour zones are YQX, NHV, LDH, DRW, RGN, DEL, KBL, THR. The quarter-hour zones are CHT, EUC, and KTM.