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    Re: Pilot's chronograph picture thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by HappyJack View Post
    I had the Pitts for 8 years, and did about 120 hours over that time - not a lot - because an aerobatics flight, when I never had to go more than 5-10 miles from the field and sometimes just did them over the field, didn't take much time. And I found I could have almost as much fun doing 5-6 circuits, which at 2m20s per circuit, didn't take long either. It was operated commercially by a flying school, which helped defray the costs, but that also created a lot of hassle, what with trying to get the money out of them they owed me, and meanwhile facing the higher maintenance costs that goes with tri-gear pilots trying to get used to landing a high-performance tailwheel aircraft.

    I'm quite tempted by the idea of a 1/4 share in a single-seat Pitts S-1S, if I can find one. Cheap enough that it doesn't matter so much how many hours you do, and if you want to take a passenger there's always the option to rent something else, even if that's only a Chipmunk or Decathlon...
    I keep seeing S1S’s for the price of a new mid-size car advertised in the US. I would love one. I’ve been considering an S2B or C and defraying the cost by putting my CFI to use in it or maybe a leaseback arrangement with a local flight school. I couldn’t agree more, to me the most enjoyable flights are the short hops where I never get above 3,000’.

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    Re: Pilot's chronograph picture thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by freight dog View Post
    I take it you are a fan of Ernest Gann as well. I recently picked up a B42 Black Flieger and it is great, but I am really into the Cosmonauts Chrono these days.
    Yes, you are so right about me being the fan of good old Ernest K. Gann, what a man

    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

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    Re: Pilot's chronograph picture thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by ninzeo View Post
    What model is this?

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    Pilot's chronograph picture thread.

    @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...

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    Re: Pilot's chronograph picture thread.

    Thanks for the replies. They look great. What sort of price do they go for?

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    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.
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    Zenith Pilot Big Date with the iconic El Primero movement on

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    Re: Pilot's chronograph picture thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hunterfate View Post
    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.
    True. @asdf: if you can find one usually around $400


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    Re: Pilot's chronograph picture thread.

    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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