Tutima: Historic Pilot Watches From Glashütte Germany.

The Tutima Grand Classic Flieger UTC Chronograph with signature fluted bezel, cathedral hands, and red enamel reference marker for precise timing. This piece is from my personal collection and is part of the limited 80th anniversary collection which is now discontinued.

Since 1927 Tutima has been producing aviation timepieces. Unfortunately due to the Second World War, the Great Depression, and the quartz crisis of the 1970’s, (and several other contributing factors) Tutima has had a rough and complicated history but through all of it has managed to re-establish itself in Glashütte Germany.

The Tutima Manufacture in Glashütte Germany with a modern building completed in 2011.

Watchmakers steadily working at their benches inside the manufacture.

For over 91 years the family owned company of reliable tool watches has been the go-to choice worn by the German Air Force, German Ministry Of Defence, as well as AWACS, NATO Fighter pilots, and aviation enthusiasts. The goal has always been to create highly legible, functional timepieces meant to be used in the field and capable of withstanding shock, extreme g-force, and changes in pressure and temperature all while maintaining accurate timekeeping.

The original German Air Force issue nickel-plated brass cased Tutima Fliegerchronograph. (Circa 1939). Featuring the legendary Urofa Calibre 59 movement with the first German-made flyback chronograph function.

Some examples from the Tutima portfolio both retired as well as current production pieces. A common reoccurring theme of sturdy, highly legible, purpose built timepieces with design cues paying homage to their past while still maintaining a modern and relevant appeal.

For more information regarding Tutima timepieces including their current collection please visit the website below.

TUTIMA UHRENFABRIK GMBH NDL. GLASHÜTTE

Altenberger Str. 6

01768 Glashütte/Sachsen

Germany

TEL.

+49 35053 32020

FAX

+49 35053 320222

info@tutima.com

www.tutima.com

Breaking News: George Daniels Coveted “Space Travellers Pocket Watch” Sells for $4,325,936 USD At Sotheby’s In London.

The late Dr.George Daniels (August 19th, 1926 – October 21st, 2011). One of the few watchmakers in modern times that could create a timepiece almost entirely by hand without the use of modern machining technology. (Photo credit: BBC). 

October will mark six years since the passing of one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th century. For anyone who has the slightest interest in watchmaking Dr. George Daniels literally wrote the book for aspiring horologists. As a legacy to his contributions to the world of watchmaking and specifically handmade or bespoke watchmaking this is the quintessential guide book for future generations who wish to follow in his footsteps.

A roadmap for watchmakers and watch enthusiasts alike. A wealth of information including diagrams, pictures, and a step-by-step tutorial for crafting handmade timepieces. (Photo credit: Amazon.com and Published by Sotheby’s London Circa 1981 with revised editions in 2009).

Over the course of his lifetime he created a total of 27 handmade timepieces. It should be noted that on average it could take in excess of 2500 hours to create a single timepiece. This included hand making screws, wheels, pinions, the dial, watch hands, watch case, and a number of other complex micro mechanical pieces for the watch. An example of an exceptional pocket watch known as “The Space Traveller” completely conceived and crafted by hand without the use of automation or modern machinery:

18k gold chronograph pocket watch with patented Daniels double wheel escapement, mean, solar, and sidereal time, age and phases of moon, equation of time indication. Circa 1982 (Photo credit: danielslondon.com/). This piece sold for $4,325,936.00 USD by Sotheby’s auction house in London at the time of publishing this article.

RedBar Vancouver: The Evolution Of Watch Enthusiasts And Collectors In Canada.

RedBar Vancouver meets once a month on a given date and at a venue predetermined based on the number of individuals attending. In addition to the monthly meetups on a fairly regular basis brands as well as retail friends will reach out and host private events to showcase SIHH, Baselworld, and new watch novelties as they come available.

A full house again at one of our meetups. There is something magical about watches that brings people together. Photo credit: @p_larry
The #sexpile a term first used by RedBar New York COO Kathleen McGivney and frequently hashtagged on Instagram by watch enthusiasts. It is a quirky term used to describe a pile of watches thrown together in an organized chaos by watch enthusiasts and then photographed. Watch collecting tends to be a very niche hobby. Many of the collectors in our group tend to focus on collecting vintage watches which adds to the charm and nostalgia of this hobby. Photo credit: @agedpatina
Another common ritual among watch enthusiasts and RedBar members is the “wristshot” as a symbol of our unity and shared love of horology. Photo credit: @lordnantucket
An event hosted by Palladio Jewellers earlier this year had RedBar Vancouver in attendance to view H. Moser & Cie timepieces. Watch industry veteran Mike Margolis was present showing the collection and some special limited edition pieces from the brand as well. Photo credit: @Montrelalonde @watchcollector85
A recent event with Roldorf+Co. (A local authorized retailer for several unique independent watch brands and also providing watch repair services by certified watchmakers). RedBar Vancouver was in attendance to celebrate the launch of the first Bremont watches authorized retailer in Vancouver and Western Canada. Photo credit: @Mikepearson6 (Mike Pearson, Sales Director of Bremont in North America).
RedBar Vancouver members at the annual Omega watchmaking course taking turns disassembling and reassembling an Omega watch movement. Photo credit: @rakepr (Chris Hollinrake, President Hollinrake Communications).

RedBar Vancouver is on Instagram and Twitter @redbaryvr contact details for events and inquires can be sent to the official communication email: redbaryvr@gmail.com

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