Pilot Manual 40

Approximate Period 1910 - 1945

Available in three sizes - 40 mm, 43 mm or 45 mm

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. 



manufactured watch case

40.5 mm wristwatches in vintage pocket-watch design

48 mm lug to lug

22 mm strap wide

8.75 mm thickness (without crystal)

10.6 mm thickness total (incl. crystal)

watch case in stainless steel

C3 luminous dial and hands

SWISS MADE manual wind movement genuine ETA Unitas 6498-2, 17 Jewels, 21.600 A/h beats per hour, power reserve 60 h

fine adjusted in 5 positions

Precision -2/+8 sec/day, after casing

Properly refined according to highest watchmaking standards
heat blued steel hands
Domed Sapphire crystal on front

Sapphire display case back

Stainless steel buckle

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)




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Delivery time within 4 weeks


Price (NET excluded VAT):

Pilot 40 DB with buffalo or calf Leather strap * 2,650.00 Euro

Pilot 40 COSC Chronometer un-decorated with calf Leather strap * 1,800.00 Euro

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Upgrades: (Please click on the text for more informations):

genuine Cordovan leather strap + 25.00 Euro

genuine alligator skin strap + 75.00 Euro

Change to straight crown * free of charge

Folding clasp + 50.00 Euro

Artificially aged + 250.00 Euro

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The movement is available in different levels of refinement (please click on the following link for more informations about the movements):


Top Grade from 2,650.00 Euro

New: COSC Chronometer movement

COSC Chronometer movement comes with small second hand at 9 o´clock. The ETA Unitas 6497-2 Chronometer movement is COSC certified and has higher beat (21.600 A/h) and higher power reserve (60 h). The COSC Chronomter number is engraved on the movement. The movement is un-decorated and the watch comes with solid case back.


Price: 1,800.00 Euro

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