Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wempe Zeitmeister Aviator watch

Remember in one of my postings where I said that there were basically 5 companies that made the original pilot watches in the 1940s? They were IWC, A. Lange & Sohne, LACO, Wempe and STOWA. I have 3 of the 5, being IWC, LACO and STOWA (well their current products based on the original watches). Wempe has recently announced that they too have launched their range of aviation based watches. That only leave A. Lange & Sohne.

Wempe has launched their Wempe Zeitmeister Aviator ranges of watches. There are 5 watches in the range. I like all of them. I especially like the Zeitmeister Automatic XL.

Basic specifications:

Reference: WM60 0002
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds and date
Movement: ETA A07.161 automatic with hacking, chronometer (German DIN 8319), Wempe fine adjustment system
Case: stainless steel, 45 mm diameter
Crystal: sapphire
Water resistant: 5 ATM (?)
Price: USD 2,450

The watch.

Photograph: Wempe

I have to say that it is a nice looking watch. I also understand that these watches were made with the assistance from NOMOS (I stand corrected on this). Some people may not like the date function on an aviator watch but I am fine with it. The Arabic hour index markers are luminous as are the hands. The case back will have the engraving of the Glashutte observatory indicating that these watches have passed their chronometer testes.

For more information:

I will probably visit Wempe London at New Bond Street when I visit London in October to have a look at the range. Who knows maybe I might end up with one (wishful thinking perhaps).

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