Pilot Manual 45

Approximate Period 1910 - 1945

In addition to the 42mm manual winding pilot watches Tourby also offers 45mm models. These are available as "Big Pilot" models with small seconds, either at 6 or 9 position on the dial. The "Big Pilot CS" models are converted to center seconds.


Although pilot watches are very simple, the construction and design of these watches can often be very difficult. Tourby Flieger watches are known worldwide as one of the most beautiful models and they are collected by people all over the world. Considering the technical requirements, the striking design made by the company's founder, Erdal Yildiz faced a very big challenge. Through his years of experience in the watch industry and his technical knowledge, he has succeeded in creating a beautiful timepiece. The hands are an perfect length and reach almost to the end of the minute track. The contrast of black and white on the hands is best for readability with the simplicity of the dial. On Tourby Watches big pilot C3 Superluminova is used. It is best Swiss Superluminova with optimum brightness. Superluminova will glow for many hours at night and making the watch able to br read at anytime of the night.

The dial design is not new or innovative but Tourby has kept strictly to historical specifications and added to the simple design with his own touches. On a pilots watch we typically find a triangle at 12 o'clock position. In keeping with the historical design Tourby has not printed their logo on the dial but we can offer dials with logos printed on the dial if reqested. Tourby works primarily with pocket watch calibers that always come with a small seconds hand. It is important to place the small second hands in as unobtrusive placement as possible. Tourby has made it so the little second hand does not affect the overall layout of the dial and none of the numbers on the dial are cut. This may sound very simple but now the idea is being copied by many other manufacturers around the world. Even the big watch brands with outrageously expensive pilot watches have not managed a small second or a chrono hand on the dial without cutting the numbers. For many collectors the cut numbers on the dial are not nice asesthetcally. Tourby was one of the first watch manufacturers who placed a high value on this. Meanwhile it is now copied by the entire watch industry, previously Tourby was ridiculed for this unconventional design but now after a decade, almost every pilot's watch is built to Tourby's design. 


Tourby has always developed and designed the watches completely by himself inspired by designs that he always loved himself. He is a perfectionist, so as often happens a design will be revised many times until he is finally satisfied. He relies entirely on his own good taste, his customers wanted an aviator watches with one thing: size. Tourby did not just want to only impress with its size but a watch that would also technically make sense and is comfortable. It was clear from the outset that no automatic movements would be used for the large pilot watch. Since all the available automatic movements that were on the market were only 25mm diameter, it made no sense from a watchmaking sense to use these in a oversized 45mm case. That would be like installing a tiny 0.8 liter engine in a large sedan. A large watch needs a large pocket watch movements like the Cal. 74 with its massive 37mm diameter.  A pilot watch should be large but still suitable for everyday use. Even with the desire of many customers for a thickness of 18mm would not be made as it would render they unable to be worn comfortably as and everyday watch. The Cal. 74 would be too shallow at 4.5mm for such a high watch case. The movement in such a case would almost disappear and the dial would very deeply seated impairing its view. From the underside the movement would also be set too deep in the case.  Due to these factors Tourby opted for a 13mm case with a high domed and anti-reflective sapphire glass. The lugs are rounded down and thus offer best comfort for smaller wrists. With this design the strap can completely wrap around the wrist and leaves no gap between watch and wrist. Many customers are surprised how well a 45mm aviator's despite its size watch wears, even with smaller wrists. The excellent design of the the 45mm aviator's case wears as alomst the same as the 42mm pilot watches.


An important point in aviator watches is the crown. It should be large and easy to grip because the pilot's watches were often used while wearing gloves. Therefore often large onion or diamond crown were used. The very popular diamond crowns have the disadvantage that they would rub on your wrist which can be uncomfortable. The airmen from the 2nd World War did not have this problem as they wore their watches over their leather jacket and you usually wore leather gloves. Today however, most customers are aware this, nevertheless no one wants to give up a large diamond crown as it is one of the characteristics of a pilot's watch. Tourby has solved this problem by rasing the position of the crown slightly and the the edges of the crown slightly rounded so there is no sharp edges. Despite daily use the crowns of Tourby not scratch or dig into your wrist. The onion crown is the most comfortable of the two if it is your preference and also avaliable to order.




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Big Pilot ETA Unitas 6498-1 Decorated SCDG *1.000.00 Euro



Folding clasp + 50,- Euro

Genuine alligator strap + 100.00 Euro

Steel bracelet 200.00 Euro


45 mm wristwatches in vintage pocket-watch design

53 mm lug to lug

22 mm strap wide

13 mm thicknes

watch case in stainless steel (Made in Germany)

C3 luminous dial and hands (TRITEC Swiss Made)
Swiss Made pocket-watch movement
Properly refined according to highest watchmaking standards
Heat blued steel hands (Swiss Made)

Galvano-black dial (Made in Germany)

Domed and anti-reflected sapphire glass on front (inside AR)

Display case back

Swiss Made ETA Unitas 6498.1 Decorated

Manual wind

17 Jewels, 18.000 A/h, 48 hours power reserve

Butterfly clasp or tang buckle

Watch straps made of genuine buffalo leather or Russian Leather (Made in Germany)

Shipped in an attractive travel leather case

anti-shock proof (DIN standard 8308)
antimagnetic 4,800 A (DIN standard 8309)

With ETA Unitas 6498-1 Decorated SCDG (1,000.00 Euro)


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