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When we think German, we think precision engineering and quality. And this is precisely what we have here today from Aristo. Aristo was founded in 1907 by Julius Epple in Pforzheim, jewelry and watchmaking city in the black forest, Germany. The company has been producing timepieces for the last three generations.
|Aristo Aviator 40 Triple Date - 4H354|
The Aristo Aviator 40 Triple Date - 4H354 is powered by a Swiss Made ETA automatic caliber, ETA2824-2, operating at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 25 jewels with a power reserve of 40 hours.
Flieger inspires the Aristo Aviator 40 Triple Date (German for Pilot) watches from the 40s. And that means it is designed with legibility in mind, being criteria for the pilots back then. The dial is kept simple and sticks to the basics. It's highly legible, and the use of only black and white on the dial along with the minimal text leads to a refreshing and fuss-free dial. The classic Flieger sword-style hands and the matte black dial are filled with the right amount of SuperLumiNova. Staying true to the pilot theme, two dots flank the 12'o clock triangle on each side. The critical feature goes to the addition of a triple date window at 3 o'clock, where the date displays the dates of the actual day, the days before and after. It is indeed welcome.
|Swiss Made ETA2824-2 automatic movement|
Now, onto the case. As the name implies, the watch measures at a proper size of 40mm, a lug-to-lug size of 47mm, a thickness of 12mm and a lug width of a large 20mm. The full polished case is made up of two parts; the combined mid case and a sterile bezel found on military field watches of those days, and is stepped from the mid-case, which is an excellent detail to see, The screw down case back features a mineral crystal for one to enjoy the view of the mechanism at the back.
Different from the other Aristo Flieger collection, the Flieger 40 model has a svelte curved lug that helps the watch to look more dressy, and more retro with the addition of the domed mineral crystal. Certainly a case for added classiness.
The watch runs on the reliable Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, helping one to keep accurate time for many years to come.
|Svelte curved lugs for great wearability|
An interesting point of the Aristo Aviator 40 Triple Date is the huge dial opening. That means this watch is all dial. It makes it look visually more prominent than the size suggest. This also takes legibility to another level while still being wearable on many wrist sizes.
The Aristo Aviator 40 Triple Date comes on a full stitched black leather strap with a matching steel buckle.
|Superluminova glows in green|
In conclusion, the Aristo Aviator 40 Triple Date is certainly worth considering if you are in the market for a good quality German design watch with an ETA2824-2 movement that doesn't break the bank. The proper size and dimension also mean this is a great everyday watch that will fit most wrist sizes, male or female. And especially at home on occasions that you need a smart looking that fits under the cuffs with a character to boot.
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