Cosmonaut Chronos especially Lemania 5100 powered are beauties. For me, Fortis has really good design in line what I would expect of pilot's watch.
Owned three Fortis Fliegers but currently none. Well, I'm getting the itch again
Not a chrono but... To support this post :)
@asdf205, that's a Poljot Aviator chronograph, with Poljot 3133 movement. Ninzeo's dates from post-Soviet Russia. There were various versions made, some with white lume, and badged variously Poljot (as that one and mine below), and Maktime (later company)
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Correct! It's one of the later issues of the 3133 Poljot aviator I chrono. I sold mine because i am on the hunt for one like yours Ohdark! Love the white lume and wide hands. Too bad they come by oh so rarely...
Thanks for the replies. They look great. What sort of price do they go for?
They are so rare because Fortis won a lawsuit against Poljot prohibiting sale of Aviator I in Germany because of too much similarity with their Flieger design. In fact, there were some Aviator I watches labeled Fortis.
Zenith Pilot Big Date with the iconic El Primero movement on
-21mm Super Engineer SS bracelet
-after market leather from Zack at Red12 Straps & Jose at C&B Straps
Ball Fireman Victory
Rolex Explorer 214270
Prices of older S-2C and S-2B models are close enough nowadays that you would have to have some real benefit to the B model - like a fresh engine or total rebuild - to choose a B over a C. The C supposedly lands easier (according to Bud Davisson - I didn't notice any real difference, personally); the C certainly rolls faster, and doesn't need spades to manage that; the C also has a better prop - plenty of torque and power, enough to lift you off the runway in < 10 seconds, and to need right rudder in a left climbing turn.
The S-1S is apparently a lot lighter on the controls, and a bit twitchier, though I've never flown one. You'd lose half the fun in owning the S-2C - taking other people for a ride - but save on the money. But if you can get a reasonable deal with the flight school, and IF they are good at marketing it, you can probably get a two-seater that will earn you enough to bring your costs down below S-1S sole ownership.
How much Pitts time have you got? When I got mine, Bill Finagin came and taught me and others to fly it - a hugely experienced Pitts pilot, and a really nice guy. If you do get one, I can recommend a trip to Annapolis, unless you've already got a bit of Pitts experience...
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