Till now, the German watch-making brand Archimede offered their Pilot series of automatic and hand-wound watches only in three case sizes. Those were 39 mm for the most compact Archimede Pilot M, 42 mm for the mid-size Pilot and almost gigantic 45 mm for the Pilot XL.
The recently introduced Archimede Pilot S model features a modestly sized 36 mm stainless steel case that may be interesting to either men with extremely skinny wrists or women who simply love the laconic and strictly functional design of WWII-era pilot’s watches.
As usual for this price segment, the watch comes powered by the same ETA 2824-2 automatic movement that also motivates the 39 mm and 42 mm versions of the watch.
Reliable and robust, the Swiss made caliber offers 40 hours of power reserve and guarantees years of flawless operation. Of course, like any mechanism, the movement needs to be treated with respect and has to be properly serviced at recommended intervals.
Currently available only in a stainless steel case, the watch features a transparent case back with a mineral glass, although there is nothing really to display, since the self-winding movement is pretty much standard and will probably go undecorated. Well, for a recommended price of only 595 dollars, you can’t ask for more, can you?
By the way, as for the price, you will probably have to spend around €50-€70 for a worn leather strap, since the basic strap from Archimede doesn’t look authentic enough to be used with this watch. It’s just, too, you know, new.
The new watch comes with the same dial layout as the rest of the family featuring traditional 11 Arabic numerals and a triangle at 12 o’clock. All numerals and all three hands are covered with bright luminescent substance offering an outstanding legibility even in the poorest lighting conditions.
Archimede Pilot S 36mm automatic watch specification
Price range: $595
Movement: ETA 2824-2, self-winding, Swiss-made, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Optional “Archimede” oscillating weight
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel with display case back.
Case size: 36.00 mm
Case height: 9.80 mm
Lugs: 16.00 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black or brown leather strap with a single rivet; Stainless steel bracelet
Case back cover: Mineral crystal