Archimede H Pilot

User Tag List

Likes Likes:  0
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Archimede H Pilot

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Posts
    10,800
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    68
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Archimede H Pilot

    Well we have all seen the homages to the Luftwaffe Navigator "Beobachtungsuhr" watches from WWII. A few companies make them, IWC, Stowa and Laco (original manufacturers), as well as a few other not so well known ones.

    I think the design of these watches is very nice, clean lines and uncomplicated. I was thinking last years of buying an original one until I held one in Portobello road market. Well at 55mm it is pretty big to say the least. Rather like wearing a Teapot on your wrist.

    So I went in search of something a little more practical, Stowa make a nice one, Unitas movement, good movement finishing but at nearly 1,000 a little more than I wanted to spend.

    I noticed Archimede had produced a version of this famous watch with an ETA 2824 hacking movement with nicely 'Blued' hands so a few emails later and here we have it.....


    Very legible and nice to wear...







    The blued hands are a dark blue and give you flashes of blue when reflecting against white..... The sweep hacking seconds hand is the nicest hand I have seen, I normally wear chronographs so to have a big hand like this cruising round with its 'Conductor Baton' design and blued heel is something new to me.







    The case is very well executed, with a kind of satin 'bleed blasted' finish which is very like the original finish on the German military watches of the period which was a kind of 'Nickel Silver alloy' used for its anti magnetic properties. See the pic with the watch next to the case of an original WWII Hanhart Chronograph below.







    The stainless steel case is 42mm wide, 500 mm long and 9.5mm deep. Sapphire crystal front and mineral back, waterproof to 50m.........Large Onion crown designed that way so the watch can be adjusted with warm flight gloves on....this one comes with a display back but is available solid as well.







    The watch comes on a riveted 20mm leather military style strap which is also evocative of the era with a satin brushed buckle.

    Summary

    Well what do I think?

    It uses one of the most used and reliable ETA movements, which has a hack function which I prefer, the dial glows well, the watch is very comfortable to wear and is light for such a big watch.

    The case finish is very nice and subtle, the strap does the job, the handset is very nice and well executed and although the crown sticks out a bit it is very easy to use.....

    It has kept me away from a chronograph for 3 days and I have enjoyed wearing it very much.

    Price wise if you want a military style watch that ticks all the boxes, has good credibility, isn't gonna cost you a great deal for 'that' vintage military look then this is the watch for you... it's cheap and good.... just a great watch for the money.


    I think that at Euro 345 this watch is very good value for money....

    Available here: http://www.archimede-watches.com/EN/Pilot-H.htmhttp://www.archimede-watches.com/EN/Pilot-H.htm
    #womw
    info@atgvintagewatches.com
    Call: +44 (0) 203 544 4012
    Official Dealers
    Bremont, Dodane 1857 & PITA Barcelona

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    50
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Very nice Alistair, like the watch, but no so sure about the strap...but that can be fixed, right?

    What about the chrono version? I remember at some point you were very interested in that also...

    Regards
    Carlos
    "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
    Abraham Lincoln

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Wiltshire, UK
    Posts
    791
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Looks very clear dial and the clean lines of the case. With those really crisp cuts on the onion crown.
    Someone, somewhere mentioned that the dial had a duck on it....
    Overall though very good for a non-chrono.

    Thanks for the review, great pics as ever...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bristol
    Posts
    2,962
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default

    Nice work Al, and a nice watch too.

    I had a look at their site, and it is always fascinating the options that you can have, the ones you can't, and the costs associated.

    They do this in 42 and 39mm (this one is 42). They do both sizes with nomal B/W hands and a date (and the Archimede name). Blued hands are only available on this version.

    So no option of this with date (for instance)?

    They also do a lefty, for those who wear on the left, but don't fancy using the rather lovely onion crown to plough chunks out of the back of the hand.

    But the lefty is only available in 39mm, not 42, which is odd.

    All with a choice of solid or display back.

    For me, the perfect one of these would be a 42mm lefty with date and blued hands, but no Archimede logo. But this is so far off the options list as to be laughable.

    42mm lefty? - er, no.
    Can I have date and blued hands? - er, no.
    Can I have date and sterile dial - er, no.

    Oh well.

    Doesn't mean this isn't a nice watch, it is.

    Cheers
    DaveS
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Posts
    10,800
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    68
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Sure but its fun trying to see if you can make the perfect watch?

    I am going to start putting to gether reviews of watches like this then maybe put a Forum together.

    It reminds me I must get the reviews you did from the old forum.
    #womw
    info@atgvintagewatches.com
    Call: +44 (0) 203 544 4012
    Official Dealers
    Bremont, Dodane 1857 & PITA Barcelona

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    London
    Posts
    471
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    I think these are really nice, but for me the crown is simply tooo large. I really like the Damaskos, but at nearly twice the price its a big difference.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •