Born and raised in Germany I still remember the Bundeswehr‘s oath of honor and loyalty “United We Serve” and I was always intrugued by Tutima‘s Nato Chronograph reference 798 with its legendary Lemania 5100 movement.
Many of you already know that the Tutima Chronograph ref. 798 became official standard equipment of NATO and the German Armed Forces under the NATO reference and is in use as such to this day.
The chronograph was housed in a 43mm stainless steel case with a height of 14.5mm. Tutima included special features like center chronograph minute counter with a plane-shaped tip in red, which is far easier to read than the small 30-minute subdial; a central red chronograph seconds hand; a 12-hour chronograph counter at six o’clock; and a 24-hour counter at 12 o’clock.
A little known fact about the NATO chronograph is that, in 1992, German astronaut Klaus Dietrich Flade wore his Tutima chronograph on a Soyuz TM-14 for his mission to Mir space station.
When Lemania was acquired by Breguet in the early 90’s, the company eventually ceased production of the caliber 5100. Tutima and other watch brands using Lemania either stopped producing their military chronographs models or switched over to modified ETA/Valjoux movements.
And soon the new TUTIMA × REVOLUTION M2 COASTLINE CHRONOGRAPH will see the light of day. More precisely the watch comes out March 10, 2022.
Priced at €2,850 this Tutima chronograph will be available in a limited edition of 100 pieces only. Order time starts at RevolutionWatch.com on March 10 at 10 pm SGT, 3 pm CET, 9 am EST.