In the early 20th century aviator watches were developed for the needs of pilots who would have worn them mainly during the two world wars as a technical resource on the outside of their leather jacket. Aviation was one of the most advanced engineering and pioneering fields at the time so there was much competion between compaines to produce the best pilot watch. Features for a pilot's watch include the large size, a larger crown, simple design, robust construction and especially good readability. In most cases, the watch does not have a logo or a date. Since manual wind movements mainly had a small second hand, the movements were rebuilt to incorperate a large central seconds hand. The seconds hand plays a huge role in aviation and with a large center seconds it's easier just to tell the time in seconds with one quick glance. It should still be possible to read at later night, therefore we opted to use Luminova on the dials and hands. Another distinguishing feature of a pilot watches is the triangle at the 12 clock position. The crown was usually very large and rough, so you could wind the crown even when wearing gloves. In Germany two dial variants have prevailed: the type A and type B. The type A is designed to be very simple and has luminous numbers, a minute track, and the triangle at the 12 clock. The type B displays of the hours in the inner circle and the minutes are indicated on the outer circle. Tourby only offers type A.
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Pilot Plain (un-decorated movement and solid case back) 850.00 Euro
Pilot Decorated (decorated movement and display caseback) 1,000.00 Euro
Folding clasp + 50,- Euro
Sunburst winding wheels + 100.00 Euro
Steel bracelet + 200.00 Euro
Rose gold plated watch case + 200.00 Euro
Partial hand engravings on movement + 600.00 Euro
Complete hand engravings on movement + 1,800.00 Euro
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42mm wristwatches in vintage pocket-watch design
51mm lug to lug
22mm strap wide
watch case in stainless steel or gold plated
C1 or C3 luminous dial and hands
Swiss Made pocket-watch movement (17 Jewels, 18.000 A/h, 48h power reserve)
Properly refined according to highest watchmaking standards
heat blued steel hands
Domed and anti-reflected sapphire glass on front
Sapphire display case back
Watch straps made of genuine buffalo leather or Russian leather
Shipped in an attractive travel Leather case
anti-shock proof (DIN standard 8308)
antimagnetic 4,800 A (DIN standard 8309)
The pilot models all come with high quality, blued steel hands. The position of the small second is either 6 or 9 clock clock position. Superluminova comes either in C1 (white) or C3 (green). The case finishing is brushed by hand. The domed sapphire crystal has a anti-reflective treatment inside. These models feature the highest quality and we use only parts from the best suppliers. The dial is in electro-black and is produced by one of the most prestigious dial manufactors in Germany. The steel hands are from a Swiss supplier, which produces the hands for almost all Swiss luxury manufacturers.
with small second hand on 9 o´clock position
With small second hand position on 6 o´clock:
The manually wound movement is visible through the sapphire crystal case back.
On request there is also an enclosed steel base (no extra charge) instead of the glass bottom. The steel base has an engraved map of Europe and stands out from other staid and simple steel casebacks.