I received my 45mm Tourby dark blue pilot a few weeks ago and it’s a pretty damn good watch!
I asked for a chronometer grade 2824.2 but the paperwork stated “Extra” Top Grade.
Nonetheless, I’m getting -/+5 seconds a day accuracy which is better then my in-house blue Tudor Pelagos!
The real sapphire glass is beautiful including the large onion crown, steel case, and electroplated blue radiant dial. All of which are made in Germany.
Swiss rhodium hour and minute hands mark the time with a requested thermally blued tip second hand.
It’s slightly overpriced I feel at $1900 but nothing is kept in stock and made to order. The customs dutie was around $50 from FedEx and I received it overnight.
I love this watch, but why?
Because of the clean symmetrical dial and quality per price ratio.
It’s so accurate as well.
This model though, has lightly painted Tritec C3 lume, which is extremely evenly painted and glows well, but fades shortly.
According to Tourby, this dark blue pilot is considered an elegant piece, whereas the military and vintage pilot timepieces have heavier, longer lasting lume.
I might have a relume done by a professional in the U.S. because I like crazy bright long lasting lume.
Still, it glows star pleasently with light green Tritec material.
I thought about a blue face Stowa pilot but nothing was available and the 42mm Laco blue dial flieger was a tad too small with its straight lugs seeming too pointy.
I actually tried on a blue IWC Big Pilot on Madison Avenue in Manhattan but preferred the clean symmetry of this dial.
I think I will get a preowned Zenith blue face dial from Chrono24 next, but I’ll keep this one.
All the current Tourby owners I contacted had nothing but good things to say. With so few second hand models for sale it’s a unique non-historical piece you can’t find many places.
The shock resistance and anti-magnetism are according to the German flieger standards.
It’s a good watch, period.
The strap is custom made by Jean Rousseau based on my design.