Before this, a pilot watch was just a style of watch and there were no set certifications for a watch to be called a pilot watch. There are set certifications for dive watches and now there are guidelines a watch has to follow to be called a "real" pilot watch. These certifications are called TESTAF, which is short for "technical standard of pilot watches". The name of the watch is the Stowa Flieger TO 1 TESTAF. The requirements are at the bottom of the page here:http://www.testaf.fh-aachen.de/. The other company I know of that was involved in the project was Sinn. The 46mm case is crafted completely in titanium, making it lighter than it should be for such a big watch. At the heart of the watch is an ETA 2824-2 which is a well-known workhorse that should yield very few problems. The black dial and the white markers (lumed with BG W9 superluminova) provide quite a bit of contrast for extra visibility. There isn't really much to say about this watch besides the fact that it is considered a real pilots watch and not just pilot-style. More information and pictures can be found on Stowa's website here: http://www.stowa.de/lshop,showdetail,13893558142945,en,1389355916-4003,fliegerto,fliegerto1testaf,1,1,.htm. The price of the watch is 1,290 Euros (around $1,800) or 1,260 (around $1,700) Euros depending on a rubber strap vs. a black buffalo strap. The estimated delivery time is mid-February. Stowa is well know for pilot watches and they will probably have all of their pilot watches TESTAF certified from now on. I realize this watch was introduced at Basel 2013 but it is now being sold, that is why I wrote about it.
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