I can't believe I missed this before. Did Laco actually stagger the lume on the numerals?!?! It sure looks like it from the first set of photos. That settles it for me: 45 mm B-Muster!
You misunderstood my point. When I said "did Laco actually stagger the lume" I was referring to the current 45 mm Pilot. I'm well aware that the original models had staggered lume which is why I was so excited that Laco carried this design feature over to the new model.Yes! As a (returning) newbie (and hopelessly over-enthusiastic) flieger-uhren aficionado, the original, ca. 1944, Baumuster B's (Beobachtungsuhr/Observer) DID have 'staggered' luminescence. This was done, of course, per RLM/Reichsluftfahrtministerium (German Air Ministry) specifications:
Oops - I DO tend to get carried away - Sorry! ...You misunderstood my point. When I said "did Laco actually stagger the lume" I was referring to the current 45 mm Pilot. I'm well aware that the original models had staggered lume which is why I was so excited that Laco carried this design feature over to the new model.
That B-uhr has a wrong Seconds hand. I think you can hopefully have a new one sent to you by Laco.IMHO, since it's 110% compatible with Laco's 1944 ORIGINAL (shown below!), this feature only heightens the allure of the OP's gorgeous 'flieger!' ...
Congrats to him on a beautiful flieger and a big thanks for posting such wonderful pix![/SIZE][/FONT]
I don't think he owns the watch in the picture. You're right about the second hand; it's a complete disaster. Isn't it remarkable how such a small detail can drastically alter the look of a watch? Whoever put the second hand on that watch is just as likely to glue mud flaps on a Ferrari.That B-uhr has a wrong Seconds hand. I think you can hopefully have a new one sent to you by Laco.
Does the Hour and Minute hands have a blued border? I can not see them clearly on the pic.
I can recommend Laco for a service and or repair of those Historic pieces. They do a really nice job!
Funny you should mention that; they are looking for distributors worldwide at the moment. Owning and managing their own AD chain would be not be a financial reality. Only a few of the luxury class brands have taken that approach. Even getting into established retail locations would be a challenge; there's only so much room in display cases and the competition is fierce.You know guys, the new offerings from Laco are so goddamn good, that Laco should work a little bit harder to establish an AD chain worldwide.
Great choice! :-!Alright, this thread pushed me over the edge. I've been hunting for the perfect Flieger for a while now, and this Laco has it all for me. Just pulled the trigger. Now the waiting begins. Great looking watch! Love the hand-wind movement. I almost went for the 36mm auto version, which would fit me much better (6.25" wrists), but I didn't think it was as accurate a copy as the 42mm version; just felt too small for a Pilot watch. It will wear big on me, but it's supposed to, isn't it?
Great choice! :-!
As for the size debate, original navigator's watches like the Laco were 55 mm, so yes, they wore REALLY big. However, actual pilot watches such as those made by Hanhart and Tutima were much smaller and used 38.5 mm cases. In that respect a 36 mm would be closer in size. Which Baumuster did you order, the A or B?