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Inspired by aviation, modern-day pilot-style watches are as iconic today as ever, gaining popularity for their impressive functionality and stylish aesthetics. Pilot wristwatches have been long associated with aviation history since its humble beginnings, especially for the use in the military for flight calculations; it is often known as one of the most essential tools of a pilot. Steinhart introduced their latest military-inspired pilot chronograph model that would definitely spark an interest for chronograph lovers.
The Steinhart Flighttimer Vintage Military 44 is housed in a beautifully constructed 44mm titanium case, which is done in a satin brushed finish both on the top of the lugs and the side of the case. The case's material choice truly matches the military nature of this piece as titanium is significantly lighter than stainless steel, which adds to the comfort of wearing it throughout the day.The case height measures in at 17mm that balanced off the overall sizing. Further usage of a lug width of 22mm to fit your favorite choice of straps. This model comes supplied with a beige canvas strap equipped with a matching titanium buckle with a signed Steinhart engraved logo.
Diving into the dial, the Steinhart Flighttimer Vintage Military 44 uses a matte black dial that features two subdials to register elapsed minutes and hours for the chronograph function at the 12 and 6 o'clock position. The Arabic indexes, hands, and markings on the dial are treated with superluminova old radium lume, which mimics the look and feel. This gives the watch a captivating retrograde outlook. Speaking of vintage, the distinctive red chronograph pusher is reminiscent of military pilot chronographs used in the past. While this makes the pusher incredibly visible for the ease of operation, this also gives the watch an attractive splash of color.
Steinhart Flighttimer Vintage Black
The broad cathedral-style hands add a touch of bold and retro character to the piece. The date and day complication rests on the 3 o'clock position, which uses a black background to match the dial's color. The dial is protected with a domed sapphire crystal treated with double anti-reflective coating on the crystal's underside to provide superior scratch resistance and pleasant viewing angles.
The chronograph movement powering the Steinhart Flighttimer Vintage Black 44 is the Swiss-made ETA Valjoux 7750 Elaboré Premium automatic 25 jewel movement, which features a 48-hour power reserve 4Hz beat rate of 28,800 beats per hour (BPH). The ETA Valjoux 7750 has been proven to be a highly respected movement that is robust and reliable. It is widely used even by many other prestigious Swiss watch brands. The movement is visible with its 316L stainless steel exhibition case behind the watch that showcases the movement's golden rotor with Steinhart's logo. Underneath the rotor, the movement is also tastefully decorated with blue screws, circular graining, and Geneva stripes.
To sum up, the Steinhart Flighttimer Vintage Black 44 offers incredible value for a Swiss-made mechanical chronograph with the ever-reliable ETA Valjoux 7750 Elaboré Premium automatic movement together that is housed in a titanium case. The watch is undoubtedly built for the task. It would be an impressive addition to your collection as an essential tool to watch and a piece that has a versatile and classy aesthetic. This is one of the militaries inspired pilot chronographs that chronograph lovers wouldn't want to miss!