Vintage enthusiasts might be familiar with Le Jour as a distributor of Yema watches in the United States as well as a European distributor of Heuer watches, but today the newly revived brand is independent and cranking out cool new tool watches of its own left and right.
The brand's latest timepiece is the Flieger LJ-FL-001, a modern take on the classic "flieger" watch done up in bronze with a satin finish. The LJ-FL-001 maintains an oversized case size (45mm) in reference to the original German pilot's watches of WWII (though these originals were about 55mm in diameter) as well as a classic "onion" crown. 13.5mm in height with a 22mm lug width, the Flieger isn't for the faint-of-wrist, but if you're game with an oversize watch, it's a cool opportunity to get that vintage pilot's watch look for under $1k.
Powered by this Swiss automatic Sellitta SW200 movement, the LJ-FL-001 features a black "A"-type dial with Arabic indices and an outer minute track done up in green Super-LumiNova C3, as well as matching sword hands and a date window at 3 o'clock. Water resistant to 100m, the case features a stainless steel back with a rose gold finish, matching it visually to the rest of the case.
Equipped with two straps — one the classic leather flieger model with rivets and the second a black "Zulu"-style nylon strap — the watch is available directly from the brand for $800.