Wempe Glashütte I/SA Zeitmeister Aviator Antique Limited Editions

Wempe Glashütte presents Antique editions of its iconic Zeitmeister Aviator Watches.

The Wempe Glashütte I/SA Zeitmeister collection has been offering aviator watches since 2010. They take inspiration from the history of the Wempe Company as a specialist of ship chronometers and extremely accurate timepieces.

During its expansion in the 1930s and the subsequent war years, the German Luftwaffe had an increasing need for observation watches for its pilots. Wempe was one of the companies commissioned to produce aviator watches with precise specifications.

These specifications included the typography of the luminous numerals on the black dial, the line markings and the 55-millimetre diameter of the case. The center seconds hand had to have a counterweight, and it could be stopped so that it could be precisely adjusted according to the time signal. Another important feature was an easy-to-grip crown that could be adjusted even if the pilot was wearing gloves.

Thanks to their dark dial, functional typography, and triangular index at 12 o’clock, the models of today’s Wempe Zeitmeister line are immediately recognizable as aviator watches.

All of them are powered by Swiss self-winding movements with a fine adjustment mechanism specially designed by Wempe. The screwed-down steel case back bears a high-relief engraving of the observatory in Glashütte where the watches have passed their chronometric testing.

Wempe Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Chronograph XL Antique

The rugged grey-black steel case emphasizes the functional nature of this aviator watch. The PVD coating is reminiscent of the casing of historical onboard instruments.

Wempe Glashütte ISA Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Chronograph XL Antique

Both go well with the classic typography on the dark dial and the typical triangular index at 12 o’clock. The 45-millimeter diameter watch is worn with a robust handmade canvas strap.

Wempe Glashütte ISA Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Chronograph XL Antique

The Swiss self-winding movement that powers the Chronograph XL is supplemented at Wempe with in-house designed stop-seconds function. Each of these movements then undergo chronometer quality test at the observatory in Glashütte. The large diameter dial ensures exceptional readability of the time and date, as well as the stopped hours, minutes and seconds.

Wempe Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Large Date Antique

With a rugged PVD coated steel case, this pilot watch evokes historical cockpit technology. This 42mm watch with an austere geometry offers two additional functions whose design is also reminiscent of onboard instruments: a large date display and a comfortably legible second time zone.

Wempe Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Large Date Antique

A handmade canvas strap completes the aviator look. In preparation for the chronometer testing at the observatory in Glashütte, the Swiss self-winding movement, like the movements of all other Zeitmeister watches, is equipped with a stop-seconds function designed in-house by Wempe.

Wempe Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Large Date Antique

 

The Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Chronograph XL Antique and the Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Large Date Antique are each available in a limited edition of 100 watches.

Technical details

Model: Wempe Glashütte I/SA Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Chronograph XL Antique

Movement
Self-winding movement ETA A07.211 with stop-seconds function and eccentric fine adjustment designed by Wempe, chronograph with counters for elapsed seconds, minutes and hours, 25 jewel bearings
Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour
Diameter: 30 mm, 13½“`
Height: 7.9 mm
Escapement: Swiss lever escapement
Power reserve: 46 hours
German chronometer officially tested according to ISO 3159

Functions
Hour, minute, second and date display, stopwatch function

Control elements
Crown for setting the hands and the winding system, 2 buttons for controlling the stopwatch function, 1 recessed corrector button for quick setting of the date

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter: 45 mm
Screw-down case back with high-relief engraving of the Observatory
Water-resistant to 5 bar
Crown for quick setting of the date
Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides

Dial
Black dial with luminous Arabic numerals (Super-LumiNova®)
Hands: Steel with Super-LumiNova® luminous mass

Wristband
Handmade canvas strap with a stainless-steel folding clasp

Price
From 3,205 USD/ 2,775 EUR/2,440 GBP

Edition
Limited to 100 pieces

Model: Wempe Glashütte I/SA Zeitmeister Aviator Watch Large Date Antique

Movement
Calibre TT651.00 (base: ETA 2892-A2 self-winding movement), stop-seconds function and center seconds hand, display of date and second time zone with separate hour and minute hands
Diameter: 26.2 mm, 11 ½“`
Height 5.25 mm
Jewels: 21
Escapement: Swiss lever escapement
Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 42 hours
Chronometry: German chronometer officially tested according to ISO 3159

Functions
Hour, minute, second and large date display, second time zone

Control elements
Crown for adjusting the hands, quick-set date mechanism, adjustment mechanism for second time zone

Case
PVD-plated stainless steel
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 13.65 mm
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screw-down case back with high-relief engraving of the Observatory
Water-resistant to 5 bar

Wristband
Handmade canvas strap with a stainless-steel folding clasp

Dial
Black dial with luminous Arabic numerals (Super-LumiNova®)
Hands: Steel with Super-LumiNova® luminous mass

Price
From 3,205 USD/ 2,775 EUR/ 2,440 GBP

Edition
Limited to 100 pieces