Tutima has expanded their Flieger line with a new watch with a slate grey dial and an attractive degradé effect. The new Tutima Flieger is a value oriented alternative to something like the M2 Chronograph which we covered earlier this month, and would appear to offer a lot of a tool watch aesthetic that borrows from a different era of military watches, and might be better suited to everyday, casual wear. Let’s take a look.
Tutima’s Flieger watches are based on their pilot’s watches that date back to the 1940s, and they maintain much of the traditional style you expect from an aviation watch of the time period. Legibility, of course, is the main concern with any pilot’s watch, and the Flieger makes use of high contrast dial elements to make time telling simple at a glance. Arabic numerals at every hour marker (large and bold for the hours themselves, slightly smaller and integrated into the marker for the minutes) in crisp white are easy to spot against a gray dial that gets darker as you approach the perimeter. At 12:00 you’ll find the traditional triangular marker that is a hallmark of the flieger genre, as are the elongated diamond shaped “flieger” style hands. The orange second hand adds an additional contrasting color and a bit of visual interest.