Starfighter Pilot

Mach 2 on your wrist

Starfighter Pilot Chronograph

Matt black Bi-Compax dial, chronograph counter slightly recessed and the numbers in the original typography of the 60s pilot's chronograph.

Guinand Starfighter Pilot Chrono

The history

The matt bead blasted Bicompax chronograph is based on the legendary Heuer watch from the 1960s. The pilot chronograph is a unique reminiscence of the classic of the jet age, at that time mainly delivered to the pilots of the Starfighter aircraft.

And yet this watch interprets the look and feel of the sixties military chronograph in a timely fashion. Because inside there is modern technology. And so this watch easily overcomes the period of 60 years, just as the Starfighter broke through the sound barrier at that time.

This chronograph was made for men who set themselves one of the greatest, ever imaginable, challenges of their time, namely to be accelerated in the Starfighter to twice the speed of sound

Four F-104 "Starfighter" flying over the Kochelsee
Foto: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F027410-0011 / Berretty / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Watch

Pilot chronographs have inspired watch lovers for decades. The characteristics "optimal readability and operability", which are indispensable for the original military use, are still up-to date more than half a century after the requirement for a military watch was defined by the German Armed Forces.

Translated into the modern times, this means the combination of robustness, a modern automatic movement and the irresistible charm of the faithfully redrawn dial of the former pilot's chronograph. At Guinand, we did not succumb to the temptation to build a replica of the watch of the day. Rather, the Starfighter Pilot Chronograph transports the historical idea to the present day.

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The Dial

Deep black and absolutely matt, hour numbers coated with luminescent colour of highest luminosity "Grade X1". The two sub-dials recessed and with bevelled edges create the irresistible charm of the faithfully redrawn dial of the former pilot's chronograph.


The Movement

The Valjoux 7753 is the sophisticated version of the chronograph movement known as the Valjoux 7750, which is considered to be the most perfected and reliable chronograph caliber ever - developed in the 70s of the last century and continuously improved, it is arguably the most robust power source for a mechanical chronograph. The Valjoux 7753 allows the realization of chronographs with Tricompax dial.

The watch movement manufacturer ETA/Switzerland, does supply the movement to Guinand for this watch in a finely finished version with a Glucydur balance. At Guinand, each of these movements is once again adjusted in 5 positions, before the final inspection of the watch concludes with a multi-day running test.


The Housing

For the Starfighter Pilot Chronograph we use our big pilot watch case - classical in the proportions and thus clearly associated with our Pilot Chronograph Series 40 - but increased in diameter to a diameter of 42.6 mm according to the size of the stop counters.

The Strap

Leatherstrap Starfighter Pilot

Leatherstrap Starfighter Pilot

Pilot's watches require special straps - sturdy, comfortable to wear, waterproof and of course they should share the high quality watch has. The Guinand leather strap "Starfighter Pilot" is made from cowhide and produced locally for Guinand. We select a particularly intensely grained skin and quilt the strap with a subtle contrast stitching.

Model Configurator

Starfighter Pilot Chronograph

Starfighter Pilot Chronograph

Mach 2 on your wrist

The Starfighter Pilot Chronograph beams the historical model into the present, as it were, without diluting the visual appeal of the pilot's chronograph, which has inspired watch enthusiasts for decades. For the characteristics indispensable for military use, such as optimal readability and operability, are still up-to-date more than half a century after the Bundeswehr defined the requirements.

Clasp
42.50.BW
Price: 1.899,00  1.595,80 € (VAT excl.)

incl. VAT, free shipping within Germany
For dispatch to countries outside the EU, VAT won't be charged.
VAT Refund when purchasing the watch directly in our sales plant.
Unless otherwise specified the delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.
Kroko straps (reptile leather) cannot be shipped outside the EU

Technical details

Movement

  • Calibre ETA/Valjoux 7753
  • Self-winding mechanical movement
  • Chronograph function integrated into the movement
  • 27 jewels
  • 28.800 vibrations per hour; 4 Hz.
  • Stone lever escapement
  • Stop-second
  • Shock resistant as per DIN 8308
  • Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309/ISO 764
  • Movement diameter 13 1/4"" (30,4 mm)
  • Glucydur-Chronometer Balance Wheel
  • Incabloc shock protection
  • Power reserve approx. 40 hours
  • Movement decorated, weight segment with engraved Guinand logo
  • Unidirectional self-winding mechanism with ball bearing, weight segment made of heavy metal

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds
  • Chronograph with 30 min counter and central second hand

Case

  • Case made of stainless steel, bead-blasted or satinized
  • Sapphire crystal glass, domed, anti-reflective on the interior
  • Screwed back with sapphire crystal glass
  • Screwed crown, double O-ring sealed
  • Pilot bezel, rotatable in two directions
  • Protected pushers
  • Crown flank protection
  • Pressure resistant up to 20 bar

Dimensions and Weight

  • Case diameter: 42.66 mm
  • Case thickness: 15.6 mm
  • Band lug width: 22 mm
  • Lug-to-lug distance: 49.7 mm / 1.57 inch
  • Distance between the spring bars: 47.3 mm / 1.862 inch
  • Weight without strap: ca. 95 Gramm

Straps 22 mm

Other Leather Straps

Leatherstrap Starfighter Pilot

Leatherstrap Starfighter Pilot

Black leatherstrap made of intensely grained cow hide with a subtle contrast stitching.

Oxhide Vintage

Leather Strap Oxhide Vintage

High-quality soft oxhide leather strap with red stitching at the tip of the strap and at lug ends.

Vintage Black

Leather Strap Vintage Black

High-quality leather strap with black stitching, at the tip of the strap and at lug ends
Leather uppers, matte; Underside leather both cowhide. The thickness of the strap is approx. 3,3 mm.

Antique

Leather Strap Antique

Pull up leather with laquered edging and colored stitch, pin-clasp
folding-clasp available

Arizona

Leather Strap Arizona

Black Cowhide with alligator embossing, pin-clasp
folding-clasp available

Colour variants

light brown
dark blue

Montana

Leather Strap Montana

Armband Montana schwarz

Soft nappa leather in black, pin clasp
folding-clasp available

Colour variant

Armband Montana Hellbraun
light brown

Kroko

Leather Strap Kroko

Leather Strap Kroko in black

Black alligator leather, pin-clasp

Colour variants

Leather Strap Kroko in dark brown
dark brown

Rustikal

Leather Strap Rustikal

Leather Strap Rustikal black

Black cowhide with alligator embossing, cushioned, contrasting seam white, pin-clasp

Colour variant

Leather Strap Rustikal mid-brown
mid-brown

Rubber Straps

Rubber Strap Kroko

Rubber Strap Kroko

Black rubber with alligator embossing, contrasting seam white, pin-clasp

Rubber Strap Glatt

Rubber Strap Glatt

Black rubber strap, smooth surface, incl. a laser engraved folding-clasp satinated or bead-blasted

Clasp overview

Pin Clasps

Stainless steel pin clasps

Pin Clasp polished
Pin Clasp satinated
Pin Clasp bead-blasted
Pin Clasp PVD coated

Folding Clasps

Folding clasps

Folding clasp, stainless steel polished
Folding clasp, stainless steel bead-blasted
Folding Clasp Rubber Strap bead-blasted
Folding Clasp Rubber Strap satinated