The zen of pilot watches
Boy, I'm with you on Breitling. Their watches are, well, there's a Yiddish word for it: Ungapatchka. To me that describes most of their watches. For those non-speakers of Yiddish, the word is " an adjective that describes something which is overly ornate, busy, ridiculously over-decorated, kitch, and garnished to the point of distaste. Doing senseless things.
I appreciate the reply in the previous article’s comment and the more thought out essay on the subject matter. Exactly what I subscribed for. Thank you, sir.
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I saw Top Gun Maverick last night and for the first time ever wondered exactly what those prominently featured watches the pilots wore are.
I would love a cliffs notes of your Bremont thoughts. Happened across a petty good deal on an MBIII that I'm somewhat ambivalent about, but remembered this footnote from months ago, so I feel like I at least deserve a tease.
Wow, great article! I appreciate how you walked us readers through the design history of the various types of flieger watches. Is there any provenance to the Sinn dials with just 12, 3, 6, and 9? Or is that more a field watch thing? BTW, I hope you do a piece on field watches at some point too. Cheers, John
I personally love the Zenith Elite Type 20s dials
If someone wants an affordable type A pilot watch look for a Ticino Type A or B (if that’s your thing) with a sterile dial, you can get a 44mm with a high-beat, hacking Miyota 9015 and sapphire crystal for under $200 depending where. They also have the same model with the crappier Miyota 8215 which is not hackable and lower beat, so be careful to ensure you verify.
I don't understand the Mercedes hand. Where did that come from, why is it used, and why is IWC the official watch partner of Mercedes-AMG's Formula One team?