It’s been a while since my article on B-Uhr watches was posted and I thought it was worth an update.
Pilot watches are always going to popular, because of that new models hit the market all the time in an effort to part is from our hard earned cash. Some of these models deserve to be noteworthy, so here we go…
(All prices are close to the mark at the time publishing, so please don’t blame me if they change)
The first we have to look at is the Erbstuck range from the main stream brand Laco, my translation is that they hand age every model, to request, to make them look old, and in my opinion, they look amazing, the price tag is high at around €1600, which is the only reason I do not have one in my collection.
They are available as a Type A and. Type B
LACO PADERBORN ERBSTÜCK
KOLLEKTION: FLIEGERUHR TYP B
LIEFERZEIT: 3 – 4 WOCHEN
automatic movement Laco 24
basic movement ETA 2824.2
Stainless steel case, elaborately hand-finished in an antique look with lateral engraving FL23883 and engraved stainless steel back. Every case is absolutely unique. Ø 42 mm, height 13 mm, domed and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, solid case back with engraving, waterproof up to 5 ATM, 20 mm lug width, Crown execution like original Beobachtungsuhr
Execution according original Baumuster A, black mat with luminous indexes in Superluminova C3, like the case in antique look
Thermally blued steel hands with Superluminova coating, elaborate hand-finishing ages each watch individually (partially cracked on request)
Closed loop pilot’s brown calf leather strap with rivets, 20mm lug width
Gift box, incl. cardboard box
Made in Germany.
These guys are a bit of a Facebook find, they are a chinese manufacturing company that also brings their own designs out to market. Their website is difficult to navigate on mobile as it blows out of the sides of the browser, but if you are on Facebook they are easy enough to find.
Their DC1029 model is a Bronze Pilot Watch made from cusn8 bronze, sapphire glass, miyota 8215 automatic movement , brushed dial with super C1 luminous , solid steel caseback , leather strap with bronze buckle , with claims of being also waterproof.
An interesting fact about these guys is that their sales manager, a lady called Colina is really proactive with her communication and marketing, and at a price of around $285 including delivery these models could prove to be popular. There are not very many bronze pilots on the market right now.
I did a feature on these guys previously, but they are most certainly worth a mention as they have a classic pilot with a swiss 6497 manual movement.
The Bergstrom starts at around $875 directly from their website
TNT (Torsten Nagengast Timeline)
Tnt have to included in this article, firstly there are some amazing watches on the site but also because of a recent announcement that TNT and Richard Paige of RPaige are getting together to work on collaboration pieces and to bring the watches to the USA.
Both manufacturers pride themselves on using vintage with movements in some of their models, and are well worth checking out for some very interesting and cool designs.
Announcement: I’m pleased to announce that the Rpaige Watch Company has entered into a collaboration with Torsten Nagengast and TNT Watches of Germany. Rpaige watch Company will be authorized distributor and Agent for TNT watches in North America.
Here’s our first collaborative watch: Only 144 worldwide.
Original vintage German Laco Movement manufactured in 1944
The case design of the Aviator 1944 is made of Black PVD and Stainless Steel 316L. 43mm square case with 4 massive real screws. This design is an homage and a smaller reproduction of the Russian board instrument used in the combat plane I16 during WW2. Each case is numbered on the back the number in the series. There are only 144 worldwide.
The introduction of this airplane dates back to 1933. The readability was the fundamental criteria behind the creation of the I16 watch, just as with the I16 aircraft board instrument itself. The final watch design is very close to the historical board instrument. The dial of the historical Aviator1944 is a nearly perfect copy of the original I16 board instrument. Strong Luminova optimizes the readability!
Water resistant to 10ATM
43mm wide, 13.1 mm thick
New old stock from Laco Watch Manufacturing Company, Pforzheim, Germany. The Laco factory was destroyed by the Royal Air Force (RAF) on the evening of February 23, 1945, in a large bombing raid. The movements survived the wreckage, and were discovered in a rubbish container. This is an extraordinary find for watch collectors and watch history.
Manual Wind, Subsection, Diameter : 23,8mm, f=18000A/, Power Reserve 40h.
The Aviator 1944 dial comes with strong glowing Luminova for perfect readibility during night.
Also the hands carry the Luminova, the style is the same like in the historical Clock. The seconds dial below 12, is a tribute to the original onboard clock on the instrument panel of the airplane cockpit.
The brown strap is Handmade and hand stitched made from thick leather. The stitching is made by hand. The buckle is deep engraved and appears in the look of a wing.
This watch is a limited edition of only 144 worldwide
All Aviator 1944 watches come with a two year warranty.
Click here to learn more or purchase:
Erroyl – The Duke Collection
Erroyl is an Australian watch company offering timepieces and their 3rd watch is “inspired by aviation” so counts as a pilot in my book.
The Duke Collectilon is the third collection from ERROYL and takes the Australian company into select company with their first Swiss Made timepiece collection. The collection, inspired by the aviation industry, introduces three precision timepieces titled the Duke Melrose, Duke Oskar and the Duke Hawker. Each timepiece is perfectly sized at 39mm, suitable for all wrist sizes.
Each timepiece features a double domed sapphire crystal with AR coating underneath, exhibition caseback with a customised côtes de Genève (Geneva Waves) rotor, BGW9 lume, Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and a jubilee stainless steel band.
The Duke Collection introduces a new level of sophistication with every timepiece meticulously designed and hand assembled to provide the highest level of finishing and to perfectly suit the day or evening requirements of its owner.
AUD $799 FROM 8-30 APRIL *
AUD $849 FROM 1-31 MAY
AUD $899 FROM 1 JUNE UNTIL DELIVERY COMMENCES
The Cabot Watch Company
CWC 1970s SPEC. RAF PILOTS CHRONOGRAPH
These guys have been around for about 45 years making military watches it appears, but must have been on a stealth mission, because i must admit I have not heard of them pre article. They have Raf Pilots Chronograph out at the moment that ranges in price from around £599 for a Quartz up to £1765 for the featured model
- Choose colour of Aviator leather strap, also supplied with Nato Grey strap.
- Limited Edition Swiss Made to the 1970s spec. RAF issue pilots watch.
- Made to exacting specifications and painstaking details to recreate this fantastic timepiece.
- Mechanical handwound Valjoux 7760 movement modified.
- 29 jewels.
- 30 minute and running seconds dials.
- Polished Stainless Steel Case,
- Tritium Luminous. This cannot be made again due to Swiss manufacturing regulations.
- Fixed strap bars to take the Nato strap.
- CWC made the original 1970’s RAF issue watch which is now a highly sought after timepiece.
- LImited to approx 450pcs.
When i first looked at their Website I did not really know what to expect, I can tell you though that I can absolutely guarantee there is no photoshop being used here to lull you into a false illusion of beauty of these watches. They must have a loyal or cult market ready and waiting for their watches.
After a while of being on their site looking at the watches I have already decided that I want one for my collection, what does that tell you about honest photography!
Sinn 856 B-Uhr
The Sinn 856 appears to be a modern take of the vintage pilot with a slight tendency towards Bell & Ross in my opinion. The specs are quite good with a Sellita movement, but will cost you almost £1.5K.
- Self-winding mechanism
- 25 bearing jewels
- 28.800 semi-oscillations per hour
- Seconds stop function
- Shock resistant as per DIN 8308
- Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309
- Case made of stainless steel, bead-blasted
- Sapphire crystal glass in front, anti-reflective on both sides
- Case back screw-fastened, nickel-free
- Crown screwable
- Meet the technical requirements for waterproofness, as set out in standard DIN 8310
- Pressure-resistant to 20 bar
- Low pressure resistant
- Hours, minutes, seconds
- Date display
- TEGIMENT Technology, therefore especially scratch-resistant
- Ar-Dehumidifying Technology enhances functional reliability and freedom from fogging
- Magnetic Field Protection up to 80,000 A/m
Dimensions and Weight
- Case diameter: 40 mm
- Band lug width: 20 mm
- Case thickness: 11 mm
- Weight without strap: 70 gramme
Dial and Hands
- Matte black dial
- Numbers and indices coated with luminescent colour
- Hour, minute and second hand coated with luminescent colour
If you fancy something different you could also try looking around Facebook groups for micro brands and modding, you will always find someone willing to make you one, or failing that you could make one yourself, but that is a different article yet to be written, stay tuned for that one.