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I´m considering buying an Archimede pilot watch (http://www.archimede-uhren.de/EN/Pilot-family.htm) but don´t know much about these watches. Have any of you tried them? Are they good?

If buying, I can´t decide which size to choose. I know the old pilot watches were quite big, but I don´t like watches being too big. Could I choose the 39mm, or is that too small for a pilot? Perhaps the 42mm is the best choice?

I´m grateful if you share your opinions!
 

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I would choose the 45 because it is large without being too large for the majority of wrists, and it is fitted with the 6498 moveemnt. This is a nice manual wind movement.

The 2824 is nice enough, but a bit boring compared to the big old low beat pocket watch movement 6498. If you can spring for it the Top version looks very nice.

If you compare casebacks, the 42mm is stuffed full of bland and boring rotor. Much nicer to look at a manual wind IMO.
 

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Excellent company...

Great value for the money... 42mm is perfect!!!

you will not regret it...
 

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Hmmm .. I do want the 42 mm, then, I think. Is there anyone thinking 42mm is too big? My wrist size is a bit below average, I think.

Does anyobe know the movement? Can I pause the second hand to set he correct time?
 

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Archimede makes a great Fliegeruhr, but if you want to purchase one from one of the original five I would go with Stowa or Laco. They both are in your price range and I think they make a better watch. Stowa has a beautiful Nav-B coming out in May that I am currently on the waiting list for. I have an Archimede and it's a great watch but I prefer the history of the other two companies. My wrist is 6.25 and the 42mm is perfect on my wrist I can also wear a 47mm without any problems. You might also want to check out Steinhart for a Fliegeruhr. They have a great selection also.
 

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I have the 39 mm Limes Nightflight. Like Archimede, it is from Ickler, and aside from the location of the date window, the styling is nearly identical to the Pilot. I have an average sized wrist and the 39 mm diameter looks fine. If your wrist is slightly smaller than average, then I think 42 mm is too big.

The Pilot has an ETA 2824-2 movement - same as my Nightflight, although Limes is Ickler's "upscale" brand and mine may be more finely finished. However, it's a well known, good quality, workhorse movement. Yes, when you pull out the stem to the time setting position, the second hand stops.
 

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I have a 42mm black PVD Archimede pilot and it's been great. Out of the box it kept about +6 per day and now it's settled down to between +2 - +4 perday depending on my wearing pattern. As for size, it is nice and thin so I doubt the 42mm would look to big unless your wrists are under 6in. At the same time it's all dial so I personally would have no urge to go for anything bigger than 42mm even though I do have a 44mm dive watch.
 

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I was actually having some second thoughts about the sizes of Archimede Pilot watches as well. I contacted the guys at Archimede and they replied to me that the strap of the 39mm Pilot watch is made for wrists sized 7" and up. Since my wrists are slightly below 6,5" and I didn't feel like customizing the strap or buying a new one, that was it for me. No Archimede Pilot.

They did tell me that their new 36mm Pilot would fit my wrist, but that one is just a bit too small for my taste.
 

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Hard to believe that the smallest setting is 7"

Most people are below that

Sounds like to talked to the wrong person
How about Thomas Ickler :-d :

copy-paste from my e-mail:


The lug to lug sizes are
Pilot S: Lug-to-lug = 43mm, min. length of strap = 16cm
Pilot M: Lug-to-lug = 45mm, min. length of strap = 17,7cm

We look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards from Pforzheim, Germany
Thomas Ickler

17.7cm / 2.54 = 6.97"
 

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Even a 19mm/20mm strap incl. buckle will fit a wrist < 7".

BTW: ~99% van jullie heeft geen idee wat hier staat, die ene procent die overblijft kan er hopelijk om lachen~

Ik weet precies wat de bedoeling is.....
 

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Archimede makes a great Fliegeruhr, but if you want to purchase one from one of the original five I would go with Stowa or Laco. They both are in your price range and I think they make a better watch. Stowa has a beautiful Nav-B coming out in May that I am currently on the waiting list for. I have an Archimede and it's a great watch but I prefer the history of the other two companies. My wrist is 6.25 and the 42mm is perfect on my wrist I can also wear a 47mm without any problems. You might also want to check out Steinhart for a Fliegeruhr. They have a great selection also.
wow, i have the exact same sized wrist at you (6.3 to be exact) and i wouldn't dream of wearing a 47mm watch. 40mm is as high as i dare go. i'd love to see pictures.
 

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i have the archimede pilot h and my wrist is 6,5. it fits perfectly, even my GF would wear it if it wouldnt be too heavy for her. just dont go the 36 mm way. it will be small for your wrist and you will regret buying it...

36mm is the size for a dress watch and not for a pilot`s watch... well, maybe for a lady pilot. :)
 
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