Crafted from high-grade titanium alloy, the new Archimede Pilot T tries to solve the usual problem of an oversized timekeeper: excessive weight that sometimes makes wearing a “sporty” wristwatch an ordeal if it spends on your wrist more than the usual ten or twelve hours. Tipping the scales at just 65 grams (approximately 11 grams or about 17 percent less than its stainless steel sibling from the same collection,) this laconic “pilot” seems to be a lot more comfortable to wear while not putting an unbearable burden on your wallet.
Unlike many “independents” out there that have to outsource a lot of their components to third-party manufacturers and are often forced to use the same body for different collections, the German brand Archimede Uhren is owned by Ickler GmbH: a manufacturer of watch cases that is able to use the economy of scale to make a wide gamut of bodies of different shapes, sizes, and even materials. What’s more important, they can churn out the parts at very low costs allowing Archimede (as well as their sister brands Defakto and Limes) to offer their watches at very interesting prices.
This new Pilot T Titanium, for example, is currently listed at a price of just EUR 375 (approximately $475 USD at the time of me writing this brief overview,) making the lighter version of the watch just €30 more expensive than the one in stainless steel. Taking into account that the Germans offer lots of optional parts that add significantly to the gadget’s grand total (you can, for example, order one with engraved back, a nicer oscillating weight, or on a premium leather strap,) the price differential between the two becomes almost negligible.
Just like the recently introduced PVD-coated Black Pilot M “aviator”, the Archimede Pilot Titanium sports a simple and highly legible matte black face with a number of inscriptions kept to a bare minimum: something that one rightfully expects from a “pilot,” but rarely gets from other brands.
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 (and, again, can be personalized at a small extra cost.)
Of course, the Pilot T is not as refined and expensive-looking as the gorgeous IWC Pilot 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 Automatic specification
Price range: €375 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Titanium
Size: 42.00 mm
Dial: Black with luminous hours, minutes, and markers
Water resistance: 50 meters
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 case back