Flieger Friday: Modern Pilot Watches with Sterile Dial

The majority of modern flieger watches are inspired by the WW II B-Uhren watch.  The Imperial Air Ministry (RLM), defined strict specifications for the B-Uhren watches (applicable to both Type A and Type B fliegers).  One of that strict specification was a sterile dial with no logo or written words on the dial.

The Type A (Baumuster A, 1940 to 1941) was classic dial with numerals 1 to 11, and instead of a 12, a triangle with two dots.

The Type B (Baumuster B, starting in 1941) dial had big minute numerals from 5 to 55 on the chapter ring, and a small sub-chapter ring with hour numerals.

There are several discussions about pilot watches with sterile dials on Watchuseek forum.  Hence, we have compiled a list of modern pilot watches at various price points (the list is in alphabetical order).  Due to the popularity of these watches, some of them may be sold out by the time you read this, hence please email the brand for further inquiry.

Archimede Pilot 42 HS LDB

Black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Heated blue steel hands

42 mm case with thickness of 9.9 mm and lug-to-lug length 51 mm

Automatic ETA 2824-2 movement

Price €621.85 (without German VAT)

Geckota K-01 VERSION 31

Matt black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Steel hands with white lume

44 mm case with thickness of 14 mm and lug size of 22 mm

Automatic Seiko NH35 movement

Price $265.90 USD

Ionnyx Pilot Watch

Black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Heated blue steel hands

40 mm sandblasted steel case with thickness of 13 mm

Automatic Miyota 8215 movement

Price $199 USD

Laco Münster Pilot

Black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Heated blue steel hands

42 mm sandblasted steel case with thickness of 13 mm and lug size of 20 mm

Automatic ETA 2824-2 Elaboré movement

Price $1,190 USD

PJS Pilot Automatic Type-B

Matt black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Painted blue hands

42 mm case with thickness of 13 mm and lug size of 22 mm

Automatic Miyota 8215 movement

Price $199.99 USD

Stowa Flieger Classic 40 without logo

Matt black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Heated blue steel hands

40 mm matt finish steel case with thickness of 10.2 mm and lug with of 20 mm

Automatic ETA 2824-2 Top movement

Price €831.93 (without German VAT)

Steinhart Nav B-Uhr 47 Titan

Vintage black sterile dial with vintage luminous numerals and indexes

Heated blue steel hands

47 mm titanium case with thickness of 14 mm and lug size of 22 mm

Hand winding ETA Unitas 6497-1 movement with beveled swan-neck fine adjustment

Price € 1,252.10 (without German VAT)

Tisell Pilot Watch

Black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Heated blue steel hands

43 mm brushed steel case with thickness of 12.5 mm and lugs size of 22 mm

Automatic Sea-gull ST25 movement

Price $149 USD

Ticino Type-A B-URH Pilot

Black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Painted blue hands

44 mm brushed satin steel case with thickness of 13.8 mm and lugs size of 20 mm

Automatic Miyota 9015 movement

Price $149 USD

Tourby Pilot Automatic

Galvano black sterile dial with luminous numerals and indexes

Heated blue steel hands

40.5 mm sandblasted steel case with thickness of 10.6 mm and lug size of 22 mm

Automatic ETA 2824-2 movement

Price €1,250 with free worldwide shipping

Photo Credit: Respective brands and Watchuseek forum members

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