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    Flieger definition

    I hate to strut my ignorance in front of the world, but could someone please tell me the definition of a Flieger watch? I see it applied to watches that have a "military" look. Does it mean "flyer"? I have looked on Wikipedia but no luck.

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    Re: Flieger definition

    It means pilot´s or aviator´s watch. Most are inspired (if they are) by pilot´s watches of WW II.

    There have been two designs of Flieger watches, also know to be "Beobachtungsuhren" or "B-Uhren" (observation watches) produced by only 5 brands (IWC, Stowa, Wempe, Laco and Lange & Söhne). The specifications (for both Baumuster 1 and Baumuster 2) have been defined by the "Reichsluftfahrtministerium" (RLM), the "Imperial Air Ministry".

    Due to those specifications all B-watches had the following features in common:

    A case diameter of 55 mm
    Marked on the back with FL 23883 (FL = flight, 23 = navigation)
    Equipped with large crowns in order to be used with gloves
    Hacking movement (the second hand stops when pulling out the crown / essential for a precise time setting)
    Breguet balance spring
    Regulated and tested as chronometers
    Long leather strap (to be worn on the sleeve of a flight jacket).

    There have been two different types of dials:

    Type A (Baumuster A) from 1940 to January 1941
    a classic dial with numerals 1 to 11 and the triangle with two dots at 12

    Type B (Baumuster B) starting in January 1941
    Big minute numerals from 5 to 55 and a small inner circle with numerals for h, at the position of 60 min a triangle and a line on its top.
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    Re: Flieger definition

    Mike, GREAT information (as per usual)! Thanks!

    And thanks to jdr for asking the question about a term I too was not versed on.
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    Show the Fliegers

    Here is a post WWII so called Flieger issued if the early 1960s before the Sinn/Heuer examples.

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