The flieger (or pilot’s watch) of WWII origins is a classic horological design, and it remains popular today. Laco, established in 1925, was one of the original manufacturers selected by the German government to produce flieger watches for pilots during the War, and they’re still producing the classic design today, designing and assembling them in Pforzeim, Germany.
Huckberry currently carries three models of Laco flieger watch, two of which, the Augsburg 42 and the Aachen 42, are currently on sale for $369, a $41 savings off the list price of $410. Both feature 42mm matte-finished stainless steel cases with 50m of water resistance, 20mm lug widths, Miyota 821 A automatic movements, scratch and impact-resistant sapphire crystals, transparent case backs, oversized knurled crowns, riveted calf leather straps and lume-filled dials and sword hands.
The differences between the two models is largely in the dials: the Augsburg 42 is an “A-type” dial, which includes a lumed minute track with larger hash marks at the hours, plus Arabic numerals and a triangle with two dots at the 12 o’clock position. The Aachen features a “B-type” dial, which has a minute track with larger hash marks at the hours, but rather than Arabic numerals corresponding to each hour, instead has numerals ascending in 5-minute intervals, plus an inner 12-hour track.
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