The German maker of watch cases Ickler GmbH has added yet another member to its growing Archimede family of men’s watches.
Called the Archimede Pilot T (T is for Titanium here), this vintage-styled timekeeping instrument tips the scales at meager 65g, which is 11g less than the weight of the stainless still version of this beautiful watch.
And, at a list price of only EUR 375, the titanium version of the watch is just €30 more expensive than the latter.
Just like the recently introduced PVD-coated Archimede Black Pilot M watch, the Archimede Pilot Titanium sports a simple and highly legible matte black face.
Its large bold Arabic numerals and hour markers (including the iconic triangle at 12 o’clock,) as well the diamond-shaped hour and minute hands, all of these are covered with a luminous substance.
The date window, which is located between 4 and 5 o’clock, looks rather small, but such are, probably, the limitations of the stock mechanical caliber that is employed here.
Like the rest of the family, the Archimede Pilot T is powered by the same ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, which is highly popular among both independent watchmakers and major premium brands.
The movement is known for its high reliability and robustness and is deprived of many shortcomings of the earlier ETA 2824 ebauche that had its share of technical problems (still, it was one of the best automatic movements of its time and I must indicate that the ebauche is still used by many German, Swiss and other small watch brands all over the world.)
The movement comes here in blank form (i.e. it comes without any extra decoration neither on its oscillating weight, nor on its bridges and plates,) but that’s not a problem here, since undecorated mechanism further emphasizes the theme of a “military-issue” pilot’s watch.
Of course, the Pilot T is not as refined and expensive-looking as the gorgeous IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN, but it is certainly a nice watch to have, especially considering its more than affordable price of only EUR 375.
Archimede Pilot T Titanium watch specification :
Price range: €375
Movement: same ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Titanium
Case diameter: 42mm
Case height: N/A
Dial: Black with luminous hours, minutes and markers
Water resistance: 50m
Strap: Thick 20mm aviator style leather strap. Black or Brown Strap. Titanium buckle
Crystal: Sapphire crystal on the front and a mineral glass on the transparent caseback