Union Flieger - 24h world timer - Russian Vostok movement in a German stainless steel case
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    Union Flieger - 24h world timer - Russian Vostok movement in a German stainless steel case

    Note. I’m not talking about Union Glashütte watches here. Search “union flieger” usually leads you to some flieger watch produced by Union Glashütte. Here we have a small 24h brand called Union Flieger.

    Specifications

    Name: Union Flieger
    Model Reference: 2423/1
    Movement: Vostok 2423, manual, 24h, 17 jewels, shock-resistant, 19800 Hz, power reserve 38 h
    Time display: 24 hour, minute, seconds
    Date: no
    Case: all stainless steel with screw on back, transparent caseback
    Size: 41 mm diameter, with crown 44 mm
    Height: 11,5 mm
    Face: black, white world cities timezone bezel
    Text on dial: Union Flieger
    Text on back: Union Flieger Limited European Edition 50/100
    Hands and markers: luminous hour and minute hands
    Water-resistance: 50m (5 ATM)
    Crown: 2 crowns, one at 3, the other at 10 to set timezone bezel
    Crystal: flat mineral crystal
    Lug: 20 mm
    Bracelet: leather strap with buckle
    Production: 100 numbered watches

    Purchase

    In December 9, 2012, I was late as usual. Suddenly I discovered in eBay, that some happy person bought in December 3 a 24h watch I never saw before – Union Flieger. Even in 24hourswatch.info is nothing about this brand. I wrote immediately to the seller, maybe he has some Fliegers more. He had one. The last one! To get this, maybe the last existing NOS Union Flieger, I paid $333. Again too much!

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    Before the package came, I made some research. (I know that the right order is first research, and only thereafter payment.)

    Union Flieger brand was announced in April 2007. Common for all four Union Flieger models are following characteristics: 24h, world timer, two crowns located at 3 (main) and 10 (timezone bezel), Russian Vostok movement. The introduced models were:

    2431/1 – black dial, white timezone bezel – 2431 automatic – €199 – 50 numbered watches
    2431/2 – black dial, black timezone bezel – 2431 automatic – €199 – 100 numbered watches
    2416/1 – black lumed dial, black timezone bezel – 2416 automatic – €120 – 50 numbered watches
    2423/1 – black dial, white timezone bezel – 2423 manual – €149 – 100 numbered watches

    After September 2008 only the 2431-based models were offered. In June 2009 all the Fliegers were sold out and until today there is the same message – “sold out, wait for re-release”.

    The last one I got, was leftover from series 2423/1. What a bummer – how can you pay $333 for a manual watch?

    This watch came in a genuine leather and wooden box. To be honest, one of the nicest boxes I have. And fortunately not only the shell, but also the core is here OK and on the level.

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    When you look at the movement, then it is not the common grey and inexpressive Vostok movement. Here we have nicely hand decorated 2423, glossy and with a yellow screws. On timing machine the results are OK too, as you can expect from Vostok. Here on the pictures you see, that dial up is +15 sec/day and the most common position, crown down, even +3 sec/day.

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    I like the dial too. Very often the world timers have the cities in too small font and it’s useless for my eyes. Here the central dial, bezel, hands, everything is readable without problems. And as a result this is a watch I’m wearing quiet frequently.

    The caseback is transparent as it should be – the movement deserves it. On the edge is written “Union Flieger Limited European Edition 50/100”. On the glass is written “World Time 5 ATM Water Resistant All German Stainless Steel”. And on the glass you can also see the map of Europe.
    According to my research two models – 2431/2 and 2423/1 – had this “World Time” caseback. Other two had transparent caseback with text “Model Focke Wulf BMW 802” instead of “World Time”. And instead of map a plane.

    Summary

    So I see, that here we have a good Russian movement in a good German all stainless steel case. It looks (and probably is) very reliable. If you can get for less than was my price, fine. The series was very limited and sold mostly in Spain and Portugal, I suppose. This one I have, and the other one sold week before, are the only Union Fliegers I ever saw on the market.

    $333? Poljot International is producing in Germany Basilika Polar Bear 24h watches for €500, with the same Vostok 2423 movement inside.

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    Re: Union Flieger - 24h world timer - Russian Vostok movement in a German stainless steel case

    It's a nice looking watch, I'll have to keep an eye out for one.. although near that price point I have some others that I'm after :) The movement looks nice, none of the vostok movements that have passed though my hands have ever been decorated.

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    Re: Union Flieger - 24h world timer - Russian Vostok movement in a German stainless steel case

    Even though I think price is exaggerated at the watch with a Russian (not Soviet) movement, but... cool hand tuning and finish, SS case, nice box... Good, very good :)

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    Re: Union Flieger - 24h world timer - Russian Vostok movement in a German stainless steel case

    I remember that watch, and if i'm not wrong it dates even before 2007 (approximately around 2005).

    Some years ago, one of them popped on the German Ebay, with blurry pic and generic description. It went for a scandalously low price - approximately 1/10 of the "final piece" price. I still regret to not have bought it. I think it's a very nice watch, since it uses the last "true" 24H movement made by Vostok. I have one of the last Vostok 24H watches (bought back in 2006) and i'm proud of it, but the chrome-plated case is not my cup of tea. The Union Flieger instead is very well finished - Russian heart, German finish. Nice piece.
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    Re: Union Flieger - 24h world timer - Russian Vostok movement in a German stainless steel case

    This was my weekly post number 4 (AWW 4). As all the attachments corrupted in WUS and there is no possibility to edit older posts I decided to repost the missing pictures.


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    Re: Union Flieger - 24h world timer - Russian Vostok movement in a German stainless steel case

    Hi everyone.
    Union Flieger is a brand created by a Portuguese company called SRI - you can check their website at www.sri.pt and their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sociedade.d...a.Independente.
    They are the Portuguese distributors of Vostok Europe, PointTec (Junkers, etc...) and Aviator (Aviator, Sturmanskie, etc.).
    I know this because I'm Portuguese and I know the owner personally.

    I don't know if I can do this here (Mr . Administrator, please remove post if this is not apropriate), but I know that they still have some watches available, and that these are really the last ones, because they will not produce any more units.

    There is a gallery of the remaining 4 models here: Union Flieger - Galeria de imagens da AEMpress.

    In case someone is interested in buying directly from them, they can be contacted sending an email to geral@sri.pt. I don't know if they send the watches by mail, but you can try and ask!

    Hope this helps.
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