The new Archimede Pilot H automatic pilot’s watch features an anonymous black and white dial and is equipped with an inexpensive, but extremely reliable and fairly accurate ETA 2824 automatic movement.
Earlier this year (in February 2008, to be more exact.) the German Archimede brand has revealed a very limited edition of its milk cow: a classic B-uhr-inspired pilot watch. Featuring no calendar and no brand name on its matte black dial, it was called Archimede Pilot Original and targeted at true enthusiasts who couldn’t care less about a well-advertised logo on a dial. Being owned by a casemaking professional Ickler GmbH, Archimede is one of the precious few “small” brands that can actually afford such a trick.
Inside each timepiece, there was hidden a rare NOS (so called “new old stock”: produced, but never cased inside a real watch) Junghans 687 manually winded movement that was manufactured in Germany from 1961 to 1969. Before installation, the “historic” movements were taken apart, properly serviced and regulated, quality-controlled and then reassembled.
Only 90 Archimede Pilot Original watches were released and sold at a recommended street price of $720.
The “Originals” were sold at such an impressive pace that the German watchmakers decided to offer a new, even more affordable version of the successful watch: the Archimede Pilot H.
This time fitted with a more conventional (which makes it easier to find and even easier to service) Caliber 2824 automatic movement produced by the Swiss-based ETA S/A, the watch sports the same “brandless” face with blue hour, minute and second hands covered with white Superluminova.
Just like the previous model, the Pilot H features a medium-sized stainless steel case. Measuring 42 millimeters in diameter without crown, it sports relatively short lugs that makes it suitable for most wrists. Its relatively low profile of just 10 millimeters also makes quite convenient to those preferring to wear their “aviator” with something more formal than a bomber jacket.
The body of the watch is delivered in fine satin finish, which is a characteristic of the military watches that were produced during the World War II.
Its matte black dial with bold luminous Arabic numerals and even bolder minute track is protected with a sapphire crystal.
It also has a display caseback to demonstrate its Swiss-made automatic ETA caliber 2824, the same movement that was used in the recent Archimede Black Pilot M watch.
The case back, however, is protected from dust with a cheaper mineral glass: a very common practice in this price range.
There is also a version of the watch that comes equipped with a solid stamped case back made of stainless steel (pictured) and powered by a hand-wound caliber.
The watch will probably be a pain to find in a normal store, but you can order one at Archimede’s official web-site.
Archimede Pilot Original watch photo:
Photos: Archimede / forumactif.com
Archimede Pilot H specification
Price range: €345 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber ETA 2824 (automatic) OR a manual-wind movement
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 42.00 mm
Case height: 10.00 mm
Dial: Black with Superluminova hands and marks
Strap: Black leather, riveted
Crystal: Sapphire crystal