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When we think German, we think precision engineering and quality. And this is exactly what we have here today from Aristo. Aristo was founded in 1907 by Julius Epple in Pforzheim, jewelry and watch making city in black forrest, Germany. The company has been producing timepieces for the last three generations.
The Aristo Flieger 38 Pilot 5H85 - Sapphire is powered by a Swiss Made ETA automatic caliber, ETA2824-2, operating at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertzs) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 25 jewels with a power reserve of 40 hours.
|Aristo Flieger 38 Pilot 5H85 - Sapphire|
The Aristo Flieger 38 is clearly inspired by Flieger (German for Pilot) watches from the 40s. And that means it is designed with legibility in mind, being a 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 good amount of SuperLumiNova. Staying true to the pilot theme, the 12’o clock triangle is flanked by two dots on each side. The addition of a date window at 3 o'clock is certainly a welcome.
Now, onto the case. As the name implies, the watch measures at a good size of 38.5 mm, a lug-to-lug size of 45mm, a thickness of 10.5mm and a lug width of a whopping 20mm. The grade 5 Titanium case is made up of two parts; the combined mid case and concave bezel, and the screw down case back.Different from the other Aristo Flieger titanium collection, the Flieger 38 models has a satin brushed titanium case for added classiness.
|Grade 5 Titanium in Satin brushed with Sapphire crystal|
What is more, it even comes with a display back for us watch enthusiast to admire the ETA2824-2 at work. The size of the case coupled with the short lug-to-lug dimension makes this a great fit on all wrist sizes. Oh, did we mention this watch is made specifically for Gnomon Watches with a sapphire crystal?
An interesting point of the Flieger 38 is the rather huge dial opening. That means this watch is all dial. It makes it look visually bigger than the size suggest. This also takes legibility to another level while still being wearable on many wrist sizes.
|Display back with Aristo signed|
The Aristo Flieger 38 comes on a dark brown full stitched leather strap with a matching titanium buckle.
In conclusion, the Aristo 38 collection 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 good size and dimension also means 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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