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Introducing the Guinand Flying Officer 12h Automatic

Introducing the Guinand Flying Officer 12h Automatic

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In 2016, we declared the arrival of Guinand , the company once helmed by Helmut Sinn after his takeoff from his eponymous image. Driven by new administration, Guinand guaranteed a patched up inventory of watches that would become the firm, yet stay consistent with the ethos that has made Guinand a trick of the trade in German watchmaking.

One of Guinand’s most actually intriguing watches has been and stays the Flying Officer. It’s a change of a pilot’s chronograph bearing the very name that Guinand delivered in the ‘60s (Guinand’s require on the 24-hour chronograph shouldn’t be mistaken for the Flying Officer additionally created by Galet).

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What makes the Flying Officer particularly fascinating, and it’s likewise what one would almost certainly see first after seeing or taking care of the watch, is that it features a genuine 24-hour dial, with the hour hand progressing across the dial once at regular intervals. To accomplish that, the watch’s engine—the now-stopped Valjoux 7760—had to be adjusted in-house by Guinand. Moreover, to accomplish the register design of the first, Guinand needed to move the 30-minute sub-dial counter to three o’clock from 12 (the verifiable model, it ought to be noted, featured a sub-dial with a 45-minute counter at three). While not an uncommon adjustment, it is a huge one. In a demonstration of patience, Guinand has additionally overlooked the date window, keeping the evenness intact.

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Going past the development, another engaging attribute of the Flying Officer is its size. It estimates 37.5mm wide and 11mm thick, which is totally wild for a chronograph being created in 2017.

Guinand originally brought the Flying Officer once again into the overlay in 2011 as a restricted version discharge during the Hassler time of the brand—that is, after Helmut Sinn left and before the new administration under Matthias Klueh dominated. It is still right now accessible for procurement, however last I checked accessibility is by all accounts absolutely subject to Guinand’s supply of adjusted 7760s.

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Earlier this mid year Guinand divulged the Flying Officer 12h Automatic—an emphasis of the Flying Officer that, while truly a takeoff from the original’s idea, holds a portion of the central DNA of the Flying Officer stylish. Without a doubt, it’s an alternate watch for certain huge changes in usefulness from the first Flying Officer, however it’s still damn cool.

The Flying Officer 12h Automatic is, as the name ruins, a 12-hour chronograph controlled by an automatic caliber—here the Valjoux 7753. The design of the 7753 is liable for an exceptionally satisfying register arrangement, with the 30-minute counter at three, a 12-hour counter at six, and the dynamic seconds at nine. Furthermore, indeed, there’s no date window here, too.

As far as the size goes, the case holds its 37.5mm width, yet it’s been scaled up in stature to about 14mm to represent the automatic development. The case is hardened steel (completely cleaned), and it features a domed sapphire gem with interior enemy of intelligent covering up top and a screwed case back with a sapphire opening around back.

One thing that Guinand hasn’t changed on the whole these years is their direct-to-shopper model. Therefore, both the Flying Officer and the Flying Officer 12h Automatic are offered at exceptionally competitive costs. The Flying Officer 12h Automatic is €1,790, and the Flying Officer—with its more noteworthy degree of development modification—is a somewhat higher, yet sensible €1,889. Barring VAT and changed over to USD with current trade rates, that’s about $1,772 and $1,870, individually. For what you’re getting with both of these two watches, that’s a truly strong arrangement. Guinand

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