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  1. Pilots' & Military watches
    With so much change at Watchuseek, we're doing our best to maintain some sort of consistency around here. Some of you may know that our beloved Bhanu-the legend behind our longstanding Flieger Friday series-has moved onto new endeavors over at Quill & Pad. We wish him the best in this venture...
  2. News from the Watch Industry
    A few weeks ago, Watchuseek Team visited Laco in Pforzheim, a small yet prominent jewelry and watchmaking city in the German Black Forest. Besides seeing the remodeled workshop, and addition of showcases, we had got a glimpse of the future releases. While we cannot discuss the watches in...
  3. News from the Watch Industry
    On July 12, 2019, WatchUSeek Team visited the Aristo Vollmer watch and strap manufacturer in the Black Forest town of Pforzheim. Aristo-Vollmer was founded 14 years ago as a merger of two well-known, and old companies from the towns of Birkenfeld and Pforzheim. History of Aristo-Vollmer After...
  4. News from the Watch Industry
    On July 14 th , 2019, Stowa celebrated its 92nd anniversary with a customer appreciation day with a hike and get together in the picturesque Black Forest town of Engelsbrand. Even though Stowa has not been in a continuous ownership, Jörg Schauer acquired the company in 1996 from Werner Storz...
  5. News from the Watch Industry
    Type 20 French chronographs were directly inspired by the German flieger chronographs from World War II manufactured by Tutima and Hanhart. Breguet and Vixa were the first ones to supply the Type 20 chronographs to the French military in 1950. In 1954, Auricoste became the official supplier...
  6. News from the Watch Industry
    In this special Flieger Friday Father's Day edition, we bring you a Baselworld 2019 favorite - Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze. While the Bellytanker design was already attractive from couple of years ago, the addition of bronze and black really morphed it into a très à la mode sports...
  7. News from the Watch Industry
    Autran & Viala brand was started by Ickler GmbH based in Pforzheim, German, to offer entry level watches to customers. Ickler family is well known for their watch case manufacturing. The Ickler portfolio contains Archimede, Autran & Viala, Defakto, and Limes brands. Archimede brand is their...
  8. News from the Watch Industry
    Hanhart is based in Germany's Black forest, in a small town of Gütenbach, and is best known for its vintage pilot watches. In 2018, Hanhart released three different editions of Primus pilot watches - Austrian Air Force, Monochrome Pilot, and the Black Falcon Limited Edition. This year Hanhart...
  9. News from the Watch Industry
    Founded by brothers Adolf and Albert Gilomen in Lengnau (Biel) in 1924, DELMA is a Swiss, independent and family-owned watch brand specializing in the design and manufacture of sports watches. In the 1940s Delma manufactured popular sports chronograph watches fitted with the legendary Landeron...
  10. News from the Watch Industry
    Whitby Watch Company is a recent Canadian brand, based in Ontario, known for designing military inspired watches with assembly work performed in Germany. Most of the watches are offered in mid to affordable price range with a mix of ETA and Seiko movements. According to Roy Tsagris of Whitby...
  11. News from the Watch Industry
    Nivrel recently presented the Replique Aviateur II flieger at the 2019 Inhorgenta fair in Germany. This flieger is a continuation from the 2011 Aviateur model. Essentially, Nivrel has created a modern pilot watch with all the right features. But before we examine the watch, let's visit the...
  12. News from the Watch Industry
    Since returning to Glashütte in 2008, Tutima has been making modern interpretations of their classic flieger watches. While the brand is known for its' historic Caliber 59 flyback chronograph, the recent line of flieger watches are more pragmatic for everyday wear. The entry-level Tutima...
  13. News from the Watch Industry
    Last weekend Watchuseek's Mike Stuffler visited Inhorgenta trade fair in Munich, where he visited Hansjörg Vollmer, CEO of Aristo Vollmer watch company. Whilst presenting the new watch collection, Hansjörg introduced his showpiece, the Aristo Flieger Unitas 6300. A Brief History of Aristo...
  14. News from the Watch Industry
    In November 2018, Tockr and The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) teamed up to create a series of 100 watches made with rescued material from a historic C-47 known as "That's All, Brother", that lead the D-Day invasion. Having sold out during 2018 holiday season, Tockr received several requests from...
  15. News from the Watch Industry
    Guinand just announced an exciting release of Starfighter Pilot Chronograph, a reminiscence of the legendary Heuer pilot's chronograph. The matt bead blasted Bi-Compax chronograph is based on the legendary Heuer watch from the 1960s. The pilot chronograph is a homage to the classic chronograph...
  16. News from the Watch Industry
    Hanhart had couple of successful launches of the Pioneer One LE, one for German Watchlounge forum, and another for U.S. market sold via WatchBuys. Due to popularity of the watch, Hanhart then released the Pioneer One as a regular edition. The brand announced a new grey dial variation at...
  17. News from the Watch Industry
    Bell & Ross watches have developed their iconic image based on the instrument panels you would find in the cockpit of a plane. Here's a look at the Bell & Ross BR03-92 Bi-Compass. The branding of these instrument watches is based on four basic principles - legibility, functionality, precision...
  18. News from the Watch Industry
    Zenith has a rich history of over 100 years with pilot watches, notably with Louis Blériot becoming the first to fly across the English Channel in 1909 with his Zenith pilot watch. Modern Type 20 watches, launched in 2012, take their cues from the Blériot watch with the large case, black dial...
  19. News from the Watch Industry
    Watchuseek team has written extensively about Archimede pilot watches in past Flieger Friday articles. In late 2018, Archimede established a collaboration with Worn & Wound blog in the U.S. W&W has a WindUp shop concept which sells mid-priced watches and accessories from independent watch...
  20. News from the Watch Industry
    As we close out 2018 and head home for the holidays to find a mistletoe, one last order of business at the Watchuseek HQ is to discuss our favorite flieger of the year. The selection for 2018 will come as no surprise to anyone that it includes couple of GMT pilot watches. This year has been...
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