Archimede Pilot 42 GMT
By: Michael Penate

Take it from me – deciding on the perfect GMT can be quite a journey. Also, considering the lack of affordable options out there today, it’s no wonder that some watch enthusiasts leave the GMT out completely. Recently, the Pforzheim-based watch brand, Archimede, announced a new addition to their popular pilot line. The Archimede Pilot 42 GMT retains everything that’s appealing about the standard Pilot 42 and adds GMT capabilities thanks to the ETA 2893-2 movement.

Photo courtesy of ARCHIMEDE Watches – Ickler GmbH

Owned and operated by the Ickler family, Archimede produces a range of dress-style and sport watches. Their pilot watches are by far their most popular line and the variety you can find is almost unmatched when considering some of the other flieger-producing brands. Many of the models that they produce are also quite affordable with prices ranging between €660 and €770. And while this new GMT model goes a bit north of our comfortable $1000 range, I thought it would be cool to bring it up for anyone that might be looking to stretch their budget just a tiny bit.


 
 
Photo courtesy of ARCHIMEDE Watches – Ickler GmbH

Everything about the Archimede Pilot 42 GMT seems to hit the mark as far as a pilot’s watch goes. You’ve got the huge dial, sword hands, and a chunky, cockpit-ready onion crown. What I like here is the internally integrated GMT scale, which is almost Sinn-ish in its execution. The bright red GMT hand helps you quickly differentiate between scales and appears purposeful and well-defined. The case is 42mm thick, 51mm lug-to-lug, and a mere 9.5mm thick. Additionally, the watch is fitted with a sapphire crystal and provides 50m of water resistance.

While many dedicated GMT watches made today usually drift away from the flieger design philosophy, it seems as if the Archimede Pilot 42 GMT almost brings us the best of both worlds. You get old-school appeal with a contemporary touch. Price is €907.56 excluding VAT ($1,010 at the time of publishing) but as I mentioned before, it might be a cool option if you’re looking for something in this range. Is this a little too much? Maybe. Let us know what you guys think in the comments and if there are any other cool alternatives in this price bracket. Archimede

Photos: ARCHIMEDE Watches – Ickler GmbH


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