Archimede is certainly no stranger to our pages (you can read other articles here), and today, we’re bringing you news of their newest limited edition model.
The new model, the Pilot OR 2, is a revisit to their original Pilot OR, which sold out rather quickly back in 2008. With this one being limited to just 100 pieces, I have a feeling that this will be a repeat. So, what makes this watch special?
First and foremost, it’s the movement used. Here, it’s a fully-restored Junghans JH687, which originally was made in the 1960s. While you may trade away some accuracy due to the age, I am a big fan of seeing vintage movements being given new life.
This hand-wound movement is then housed in a three-piece Ickler-designed case (and he designs some lovely pieces) in a brushed finish (42mm by 10mm thick). On top of the case you have a flat sapphire crystal (AR-coated, of course), and around back, you’ve got the caseback held in place by 5 screws.
For the dial, you’ve got a nice, clean pilot dial, with SuperLuminova C3 lighting things up. Movement aside, it’s this dial that sells the piece for me. It’s clean in the utter simplicity, and the sword hands are the perfect size for the scale of the case (of course, the extra-long seconds hand is a nice add as well).
Now, at over $1000 for one of these on a leather band ($1250 for the bracelet), these aren’t going to be for everyone. Should you snap one up, though, you’ve definitely got a “sleeper” (since the movement isn’t advertised on the piece) that will impress. On the other hand, if you dig the style but wish it was a bit more affordable, you can check out their full Pilot line here.