This summer Watchuseek team visited Ickler manufacturer, who owns the Archimede brand, and got a preview of the flieger blue. The entire team agreed that this watch will be instantly popular, especially with the combination of bronze case and blue dial.
The blue dial by Archimede is not seen in other watches. We usually see either dark navy blue or light blue dials on IWC, Stowa, and Tudor. This is much deeper and richer blue, similar to my Namiki Iroshozuku Kon Peki (Deep Cerulean Blue) fountain pen ink.
The Flieger Blue comes in both bronze and steel case, but the best combination is the bronze with the blue dial. Bronze makes the blue dial appear much warmer. Both the cases are manufactured by Ickler, they have been manufacturing cases for decades in Pforzheim, Germany.
The size of the case is 42mm, which is slightly larger than other modern fliegers like Stowa and Laco, but by the current acceptable larger case sizes, it is on the lower-end. Flieger Blue comes in two configurations – Automatic with date and logo, and Hand Winding without logo on the dial. Both have the large diamond-shaped crown, which is easy to pull out and changes date and time.
The automatic is powered by reliable ETA 2824-2 movement and the case thickness is 9.9mm. with
The Manual hand winding is powered by Sellita SW 215 and it wears slim at 6.65mm.
Along with the striking blue dial, Archimede offers two very modern flieger leather straps – one in blue leather with white stitching and bronze rivets and Bronze buckle, and the other in black leather with blue stitching and bronze rivets and bronze buckle. This is such a tough choice on the bronze case since both look fantastic – our recommendation is to get both for different occasions.
If there is one minor pet peeve, it is that solid caseback is not available by default. Even though it is available as an option for EUR 45, it would be nice to have option between display caseback or solid caseback.
Flieger Blue Automatic starts at EUR 660 (incl. VAT), EUR 554,62 (without VAT), and Manual Hand Winding costs EUR 720 (incl. VAT), EUR 605,04 (without VAT).
The watches are available now and can be purchased directly from Archimede website.
Photo Credit: Lisa Ickler and The Newsprint (for Namiki ink)