Top 5: German-Made Flieger Pilot Watches

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Top 5: German-Made Flieger Pilot Watches

Postby koimaster » January 31st 2018, 8:14pm


The flieger style watch is one of the most unmistakable designs in watch history. Originally produced in the 1940’s exclusively for the German Air Force, it was used as a mission critical tool for pilots in World War II for purposes of navigation and mission coordination. Much like the American pilot watches, these units were produced on-spec for the German government by a handful of outside contractors, namely Stowa, A. Lange & Sohn, Wempe, Laco and IWC.
There are typically two “classic” styles of flieger recognized today, with an infinite amount of modern variations. Known as the “Type-A” and “Type-B”, these two styles are generally similar. Both were packed into massive steel cases (55mm+) with oversized onion-crowns. Designed to be worn over flight suits, the size aided in legibility and operability with leather flight gloves in cold high-altitude environments. ... -183428485


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