Steinhart has released a new pilot’s watch in a lovely brushed bronze housing called B-Uhr Handwinding Bronze. The watch with a clean design is available in two sizes, with the cases that are either 44 or 47 mm wide. In the essence of the newcomer by the German-based watchmaker with production facilities in the Swiss Jura there is ETA Unitas 6497-1 hand-wound movement whose decorations can be seen through the case back. It is a pretty affordable timekeeper when its price is concerned, since it costs around $570. However, Steinhart has a really small production volume of timepieces which is not always in accordance with the high demand and which caused the fact that the watch is already sold out in both sizes.
The novelty by Steinhart features a typical pilot’s design with a simple and uncluttered dark dial with contrasting indications and large hands which contribute to the improved visibility. As the representatives of the brand reveal, the appearance of the product is based on the looks of observer watches which were a part of the equipment owned by every navigation officer in the German Air Force during the World War II (hence the “Nav” part in the name of the timepiece). If you are able to look past this a bit creepy detail, you will surely be able to enjoy the clear design of the aviation-style timekeeper by Steinhart. The watch includes a metallic gray dial with a sun-burst brushed pattern topped by substantial gold-colored brushed hands with luminous coating. Moreover, the dial possesses white Arabic numerals and indices, while it is rounded up with a small seconds counter which sits at the nine o’clock position. Just like the hands, the indices are coated with white Superluminova Bgw9 coating. The legible face of the timepiece is protected with a domed sapphire crystal with a double glare-proof coating on the inner side.
However, the most notable feature of the timepiece is by all means its classy case made from satin-brushed bronze. With the passage of time, each of the housing will develop a patina which makes every single copy of the watch unique. Steinhart Nav B-Uhr Handwriting Bronze likewise includes a fixed satin-brushed bezel made from solid bronze and a knurled crown made from the same material. As for the case-back, it is made from stainless steel and it includes a see-through section that reveals its manually wind mechanical movement and its decorations.
As it has been said, Steinhart used ETA Unitas 6497-1 caliber with 17 jewels. The movement has a lower frequency of 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz) and a power reserve which lasts for 56 hours. Its diameter is 16 ½ lignes, whereas its decorations include nine Geneva stripes and blued screws.
No Swimming or Showering with the Watch on
There are two existing case sizes for the model. The one with the reference number F0317 is otherwise known as Nav B-Uhr Handwinding Bronze 47. As it is implied in its name, the watch has the diameter of 47 mm. Its thickness is 14.2 mm, while the weight measures to 123 g (around 4.33 oz). The smaller Nav B-Uhr Handwinding Bronze 44 (the reference number F0316) couples the width of 44m with the same height featured in its bigger version (14.2 mm). Unsurprisingly, this variation has the smaller weight of 107 grams (3.77 oz). Regardless of the diameter, the watch has water resistance of 30 meters, but its owner should not swim or shower with the timepiece. It should also be said that the timekeeper utilizes 22 mm wide lugs to conjoin the bronze case with a brown Russian leather strap which fastens with a pin buckle that is made from solid bronze and is decorated with the brand’s logo. Unfortunately, both version of Nav B-Uhr Handaufzug Bronze (which is the timekeeper’s name in German) are already sold out due to the small production volume and the appeal of its bronze housings. If you like the looks of the housing made from bronze, you should check out another bronze-cased watch we have previously reviewed – Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo.