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Laco Pilot Replica 55
The legendary reputation Laco aviation watches had during the early 1940s helped to firmly establish the company, so it was only natural that Laco would welcome the opportunity to create another unlimited edition of its Replica, especially one that would coincide with the 90th anniversary celebration of Laco's founding.
From Passion to Legend
There are pilot watches.
And then there is the pilot watch from Laco. As one of a few exclusive companies producing original pilot watches, the workshop in Pforzheim can look back on a long tradition. Whereas in the 1940s, a Laco was an indispensable tool in the cockpit, today it is an expression of freedom. With a Laco aviator watch, you are not only wearing a precise and robust watch on your wrist, but also a piece of history.
Regardless of which Laco aviator watch you choose, all models have one thing in common: a legendary history. In the 1940s, only a handful of companies received permission to manufacture pilot watches. One of them was Laco. The detailed requirements laid down for observation watches for the German Air Force were formulated by the Ministry of Aviation under the classification "FL 23883". This number stood for "navigation devices" and could also be seen on each watch on the opposite side of the winder.
As authentic replicas of historical Laco aviator watches from the 1940s, the current models are characterised by their high precision combined with outstanding design.
The main characteristics of a Laco aviator watch are, among other things, the iconic watch face, the distinctive onion-shaped crown, the closed leather strap and the surface finish of the casing.
Robust aviator watches with distinctive marks that tell a story are the "heirlooms" of Laco. The unique and intentional signs of wear on the aviator watches attest to their authenticity and an eventful history - and turns each "heirloom" into a high-quality one-of-a-kind item.
In other words: a legend that Laco's watchmakers build with devotion - and Laco's customers wear with passion.
Laco Uhrenmanufaktur was founded in 1925 in the idyllic town of Pforzheim, Black Forest.
Laco became well-known, thanks to the Fliegeruhren and was one of five companies to produce chronometers for the German military.
Laco has since become inextricably linked to pilot watches. Laco’s focus now is based on a return to its roots: producing handmade watches with a strong emphasis on quality – and not quantity – to honour the “Made in Germany” tag.
A Laco is more than a watch. It is an expression of character. Because no matter whether you wear a robust aviator watch, a precise chronograph or a timelessly elegant classic on your wrist, each Laco has a unique character, which is distinguished by the love of detail and passion with which Laco's watchmakers built it, with complex and sophisticated craftsmanship.
Case size: 55mm
Case material: Laco's exclusive media blasted stainless steel case with its dark finish and engraved FL23883 ordnance number is a signature component of the Replica watch
Case back: Solid dark sandblasted stainless steel case back that has been laser engraved on the inside to replicate original details, and engraved on the outside with the watch’s serial number
Movement type: Manual
Movement no.: Laco 97 based on ETA6497-1 - modified to include hacking second, Incabloc shock protection, Glucydur screw balance, swan neck fine adjustment and an engraved serial number
Dial: Designed to exactly replicate the dial of the original Model A observation watch, the dial is finished with a matte black background and SuperLuminova C3 indices; hour and minute hands are made of thermally blued steel filled with Superluminova C3, and both the minute and second hands are distinguished by a curved tip to aid in accurate time reading
Glass: Double-domed sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5ATM
Strap type: Leather
Strap material: Unique to these aviation watches, and a critical element of Laco's homage design, the Replica is fitted with a riveted brown calf leather strap constructed in the same closed-loop style of the original
Buckle: Stainless steel
Warranty: 2 years