The Grand Flieger collection by Tutima is directly descended from the pilot’s chronograph made in the late 1930s and early 1940s, that was fitted with the UROFA 59 flyback chronograph movement. It is shown in the photo below, image courtesy of Tutima:
The historic chronograph was comparatively small when compared to the B-Uhr watches made by other brands in those years, smaller than the 43 mm diameter of the current Grande Flieger 6102-01. The watch, introduced in 2013, has a lot of the B-Uhr pilot’s watch features such as black dial, simple white numerals and conical crown, but it also has something of the early pilot’s watches, with its coin-edge bezel and tulip-shape hour hand. The result is a very attractive pilot’s watch.
The case is in stainless steel, 43 mm in diameter and 13 mm thick, with screw-down crown and a water resistance of 200 metres. The bidirectional coin-edge bezel was part of the late 1930s Tutima Flieger Chronograph, and on this three-hand watch it provides a simple method of timing something in minutes or hours, or as a countdown indicator. Either way, it requires a bit of mental arithmetic. The sapphire caseback provides a view of the movement, with a skeletonized oscillating weight bearing the Tutima logo. The watch has a black leather strap with contrasting stitching and folding clasp.
The Tutima 330 automatic calibre provides time indications, plus date and day. Its characteristics of 25 jewels, 28,800 vph (4 Hertz) and 38 hours power reserve make it very similar to the ETA 2836-2 that could be the base for this Tutima movement.
The watch is also available in a version with stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp.
Reference and price
The Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01, with leather strap, costs €1,900. The model with stainless steel bracelet, 6102-02, costs €2,200.
All images courtesy of Tutima