Guinand’s been doing great with their new deliveries, and the brand’s most recent chronograph is no special case. The most up to date section into Guinand’s inventory is the Starfighter Pilot Chronograph, a two-register chrono suggestive of 60s-period mil-spec watches, especially the amazing and profoundly collectible Heuer Bund.
This isn’t a tribute as in it’s a one-for-one copy, but instead it pulls from the Bund and others and reconsiders the stylish. In any case, it ought to be noticed that the late Helmut Sinn, who possessed and worked Guinand after he left Sinn, worked on and fixed Heuer Bunds on agreement some time ago, in any event, supplanting Heuer-marked dials with Sinn-marked ones (and from what I’ve read, a lot to the disappointment of Heuer). In the event that provenance matters to you, realize that there is a genuine association with the Bunds of days gone by here.
The Starfighter Pilot Chronograph is housed inside a 42.6-millimeter case (15.6 millimeters thick and 49.7 millimeters haul to-drag) that’s been impacted to a matte completion (additionally offered in a satinized finish), truly amping up the apparatus watch vibe here. The case is suggestive of certain Autavia references and even some other military watch references (the Lemania “Viggen” chronograph comes to mind) that common this fundamental case plan — which thus is identified with the cases presently found across some of Sinn’s lines — however the math has been somewhat adjusted here. Most eminent is the additional slope along the external tip of the hauls, which holds them back from looking excessively blocky.
Sandwiching the case are two domed sapphire gems, and there’s a bi-directional pilot’s bezel outlining the dial. The flanked crown at three screws down, seals with twofold O-rings, and is endorsed with the Guinand “G.” The case is evaluated to 20 bar.
The dial is dark with white markings and lume, the last being Grade X1. The two sub-dials are recessed into the dial, giving it some welcome dimensionality. The Starfighter’s motor is the respected Valjoux 7753 (adorned and directed to 5 situations by Guinand), which gives us a 30-minute counter at 3 and a running seconds counter at 9 o’clock.
The case estimates 22 millimeters at the carries, and Guinand offers a plenty of tie choices through their shop. By and by, I figure this one would look totally executioner on a calfskin bund.
Altogether, this is a perfect bundle from Guinand — one that, I think, expertly pushes the limit between straight-up reverence and referential plan. It comes in at 1,879 Euro with VAT, so for those of us outside of the EU that’s around 1,579 Euro, or generally $1,787 USD. That’s a strong cost for a German-made chronograph from a very much regarded firm with incredible history, and having taken care of Guinands in the metal, it won’t baffle. Guinand