Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic

Many brands are related with pilot watches nowadays, which is among the most famous of styles. IWC, Breitling, Zenith, Laco, Hamilton and scores of others have long chronicles with these devices of flying and true blue war qualifications to back up contemporary contributions. Glashütte-put together Tutima is with respect to this rundown and maybe most popular for the unbelievable Flieger Chronograph of 1941. In 2013, the brand delivered the Grand Flieger Classic Chronograph as an advanced interpretation of the 1941 unique with configuration signs harkening back to World War II. The Grand Flieger Classic Automatic is a three-hand variation of the chronograph with a day/date complication and comparative wartime roots. We should investigate this reasonable present day classic.


Tutima was established in 1927 by Dr. Ernst Kurtz who shaped two watch production lines from the as of late bankrupt Glashütte’s Deutsche Präzisions-Uhrenfabrik (DPUG). Urofa (Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG) focused on the creation of ébauches while Ufag (Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG) produced complete watches. The best developments were named “Tutima” from the Latin word for “safe, secure.”

By 1939, plans for the Flieger Chronograph started decisively with severe details including exactness to – 3 to +12 seconds out of each day, stun and speeding up obstruction, and pressing factor protection from 1.5 environments for 90 minutes. Creation and appropriation began in 1941 with the recently evolved hand-wound Caliber 59 and it was among Germany’s best flight watch, joining the notorious B-Urhen pilot’s watches delivered by five separate companies (A. Lange & Söhne, Wempe, Laco and Stowa in Germany, and IWC in Switzerland).

By the finish of the war, whatever wasn’t destroyed via air assaults in Glashütte was seized by Russia, and Kurtz escaped to West Germany with a modest bunch of gifted watchmakers and craftsmans. By the mid-1950s, monetary difficulty from Swiss competition prompted Kurtz giving control to company representative Werner Pohlan. Health food nut Delecate, a partner of both Pohlan and Kurtz who had been a merchant of Tutima-marked watches, assumed responsibility for the company during the 1960s, framing Tutima Uhren GmbH. He stayed with the above water during the quartz emergency and was reached by NATO in 1984, providing the ref. 798 NATO Chronograph. This remaining parts the authority administration watch for German armed force pilots today.


The 316L tempered steel instance of the Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic is sizeable at 43mm in distance across (13mm in stature), yet size and clarity are key angles for pilots. The first B-Urhen pilot’s watches hit 55mm in width, however as this is more situated to standard shoppers, 43mm is appropriate for a contemporary piece. The notable, bi-directional fluted bezel with a solitary red reference mark makes this effectively recognizable as a Tutima and is again straightforwardly attached to the 1941 Flieger. The front and side surfaces are brushed with the underside of the drags and ring traversing the lower third of the case being cleaned. The bezel has a cleaned finish as well.

The screw-down crown is unassumingly estimated with a half-onion shape and is among the best screw-down crowns I’ve had the delight to utilize. Smooth and exact with simple, it considers a water-opposition of 200 meters. A domed sapphire gem with an enemy of intelligent covering ensures the dial with a sapphire presentation caseback. This piece is for the most part dial with moderately short carries, thus wearing somewhat more modest than the breadth proposes. 43mm is at as far as possible for my more modest than normal wrist size, yet it’s as yet comfortable and wears well.


The Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic highlights a matte dark dial with huge, radiant white Arabic numerals. It has an expert, straightforward vibe, yet this is a long way from being a utilitarian bore. The cleaned bezel against the dark gives an upscale differentiation and the day/date windows at 3 o’clock veer off from the conventional simplicity.

A fundamental moment track traverses the external border with marginally bolder denotes like clockwork, eliminating the first’s little five-minute printed numerals. The church building hour and moment hands are essentially indistinguishable from those on the wartime Flieger and loaded up with lume, and the thin white seconds hand has a little stabilizer suggestive of the first. The dial is straightforward, sharp and lively, appropriate for both the workplace and incredible outdoors.


The heart of the Grand Flieger Classic Automatic is the Tutima Caliber 330, in light of the ETA 2836-2. Changes are by and large corrective with cleaned screws and a custom, antique-dark open-worked rotor including the brand’s logo in a gold seal. The development has 25 gems, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour power hold. The absence of embellishments fits the general topic of the watch, yet this demonstrated Swiss workhorse is as yet an appealing sight under the show window.


The piece I have available accompanied a “globules of rice” style hardened steel wristband with butterfly collapsing fasten. A dark calfskin lash with white sewing and collapsing catch is likewise accessible, in spite of the fact that I lean toward the steel alternative regardless of the more conventional look of the cowhide. This is certifiably not a general assessment as I really incline toward the calfskin tie on the previously mentioned Grand Flieger Classic Chronograph, yet by the day’s end, both are superb choices.


I had a Tutima Flieger Automatic more than 20 years prior that was fundamentally the same as this reviewed piece, having a straightforward date at 3 o’clock as opposed to the day/date complication. It’s acceptable to see that the brand’s customary styling has suffered throughout the long term and it’s difficult to recognize my more seasoned piece from another Grand Flieger model today.

If you’re a devotee of military-propelled watches, particularly from the World War II time, Tutima has that desired vintage style with wartime accreditations to keep it real. This idea isn’t new, obviously, with brands like Longines and IWC (among numerous others) donning their own military amusements. The particular styling helps set Tutima apart, nonetheless, with its fluted bezel, signature red marker and utilitarian dark dial. In the event that custom and military legacy are essential to you, and you would prefer not to use up every last cent, a Grand Flieger ought to be at the highest point of your list.

Price and availability

The Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic retails for USD 2,500 with cowhide lash and USD 2,900 with steel arm band. For more data or to discover a retailer, www.tutima.com .