Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic

By rolex
April 26, 2021
6 min read

Many brands are related with pilot watches nowadays, which is among the most mainstream of styles. IWC, Breitling, Zenith, Laco, Hamilton and scores of others have long narratives with these instruments of flight and real war certifications to back up contemporary contributions. Glashütte-put together Tutima is with respect to this rundown and maybe most popular for the amazing Flieger Chronograph of 1941. In 2013, the brand delivered the Grand Flieger Classic Chronograph as a cutting edge take on the 1941 unique with configuration prompts harkening back to World War II. The Grand Flieger Classic Automatic is a three-hand variation of the chronograph with a day/date complication and comparable wartime roots. We should investigate this moderate current classic.


Tutima was established in 1927 by Dr. Ernst Kurtz who shaped two watch industrial facilities from the as of late bankrupt Glashütte’s Deutsche Präzisions-Uhrenfabrik (DPUG). Urofa (Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG) focused on the creation of ébauches while Ufag (Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG) fabricated complete watches. The best developments were named “Tutima” from the Latin word for “safe, secure.”

By 1939, plans for the Flieger Chronograph started decisively with severe determinations including exactness to – 3 to +12 seconds of the day, stun and increasing speed obstruction, and pressing factor protection from 1.5 climates for 90 minutes. Creation and conveyance began in 1941 with the recently evolved hand-wound Caliber 59 and it was among Germany’s best aeronautics watch, joining the notable B-Urhen pilot’s watches delivered by five separate companies (A. Lange & Söhne, Wempe, Laco and Stowa in Germany, and IWC in Switzerland).

By the finish of the war, whatever wasn’t obliterated via air assaults in Glashütte was seized by Russia, and Kurtz escaped to West Germany with a small bunch of gifted watchmakers and craftsmans. By the mid-1950s, monetary difficulty from Swiss competition prompted Kurtz giving control to company representative Werner Pohlan. Weight watcher Delecate, a partner of both Pohlan and Kurtz who had been a merchant of Tutima-marked watches, assumed responsibility for the company during the 1960s, framing Tutima Uhren GmbH. He stayed with the above water during the quartz emergency and was reached by NATO in 1984, providing the ref. 798 NATO Chronograph. This remaining parts the authority administration watch for German armed force pilots today.


The 316L tempered steel instance of the Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic is sizeable at 43mm in distance across (13mm in tallness), however size and clarity are key perspectives for pilots. The first B-Urhen pilot’s watches hit 55mm in measurement, however as this is more situated to standard purchasers, 43mm is appropriate for a contemporary piece. The famous, bi-directional fluted bezel with a solitary red reference mark makes this effectively recognizable as a Tutima and is again straightforwardly attached to the 1941 Flieger. The front and side surfaces are brushed with the underside of the hauls and ring crossing the lower third of the case being cleaned. The bezel has a cleaned finish as well.

The screw-down crown is unobtrusively measured with a half-onion shape and is among the best screw-down crowns I’ve had the delight to utilize. Exceptionally smooth and exact with straightforward, it considers a water-obstruction of 200 meters. A domed sapphire precious stone with an enemy of intelligent covering ensures the dial with a sapphire show caseback. This piece is generally dial with moderately short hauls, therefore wearing somewhat more modest than the distance across proposes. 43mm is at as far as possible for my more modest than normal wrist size, however it’s as yet comfortable and wears well.


The Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic highlights a matte dark dial with enormous, radiant white Arabic numerals. It has an expert, straightforward vibe, yet this is a long way from being a utilitarian bore. The cleaned bezel against the dark gives an upscale differentiation and the day/date windows at 3 o’clock digress from the conventional simplicity.

A essential moment track traverses the external border with somewhat bolder denotes like clockwork, eliminating the first’s little five-minute printed numerals. The house of God hour and moment hands are basically indistinguishable from those on the wartime Flieger and loaded up with lume, and the tight white seconds hand has a little stabilizer suggestive of the first. The dial is straightforward, up-to-date and energetic, appropriate for both the workplace and extraordinary outdoors.


The heart of the Grand Flieger Classic Automatic is the Tutima Caliber 330, in light of the ETA 2836-2. Adjustments are for the most part corrective with cleaned screws and a custom, antique-dim open-worked rotor highlighting the brand’s logo in a gold seal. The development has 25 gems, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour power save. The absence of embellishments fits the general subject of the watch, yet this demonstrated Swiss workhorse is as yet an alluring sight under the show window.


The piece I have close by accompanied a “dots of rice” style hardened steel arm band with butterfly collapsing fasten. A dark cowhide lash with white sewing and collapsing catch is likewise accessible, in spite of the fact that I favor the steel alternative notwithstanding the more customary look of the calfskin. This is certifiably not an all inclusive assessment as I really lean toward the cowhide lash on the previously mentioned Grand Flieger Classic Chronograph, yet by the day’s end, both are great choices.


I had a Tutima Flieger Automatic more than 20 years prior that was fundamentally the same as this reviewed piece, having a basic date at 3 o’clock as opposed to the day/date complication. It’s acceptable to see that the brand’s customary styling has suffered throughout the long term and it’s hard to observe my more established piece from another Grand Flieger model today.

If you’re a devotee of military-propelled watches, particularly from the World War II period, Tutima has that pined for vintage style with wartime accreditations to keep it certified. This idea isn’t new, obviously, with brands like Longines and IWC (among numerous others) wearing their own military diversions. The particular styling helps set Tutima apart, be that as it may, with its fluted bezel, signature red marker and utilitarian dark dial. In the event that custom and military legacy are essential to you, and you would prefer not to burn up all available resources, a Grand Flieger ought to be at the highest point of your list.

Price and availability

The Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic retails for USD 2,500 with cowhide lash and USD 2,900 with steel wristband. For more data or to discover a retailer, www.tutima.com .