There doesn't seem to come an end to the popularity of pilot watches. The original pilot watches were made by famous watch manufacturers IWC, Lange & Söhne, Laco, Wempe and Stowa. IWC, Laco and Stowa still produce pilot watches, but all come with a spicy price tag.
German watch company Archimede has a wide collection of watches, that include an impressive line up of pilot watches at an affordable price. Starting at a relative small size of 36mm, Archimede Pilot watches are also suitable for men with small wrist or woman who want to wear a tough looking watch for a change.
Archimede Pilot watches range from the aforementioned 36mm to 45mm for their Pilot XL models. All models are available with an ETA2824 mechanical automatic movement. However, as you know, the original pilot watches were only available with a handwound movement of course. Archimede therefore introduced the Pilot XLH (Handaufzug/Handwound) model, only available in 45mm. This particular model uses the proven ETA (former Unitas) 6498 movement that we also know from the Panerai Luminor Base and Marina models.
The sizes from 36mm up to 42mm are available in different case materials, such as titanium and PVD coated cases, leather straps or metal bracelets. The 45mm XL (XLA for automatic and XLH for the handwound movement) is only available in stainless steel.
On top of that, Archimede can also provide the Pilot XLH with ETA 6498 movement with a so-called 'Top'-finish. This means that the movement has a higher grade of finish from the ETA factory: Decorated with Geneva stripes and blued screws!
As for the prices, Archimede succeeded in using a friendly price for a tough mechanical wrist watch in my opinion. Therefore, the price/quality ratio is superb. If you are looking for a friendly priced mechanical wrist watch or a pilot watch in particular, look no further.
Prices start at 325,- Euro and most pilot watches range between the entry price and 395,- Euro. The PVD models are a bit pricier, 445,- Euro that is. The most expensive model is the Pilot XLH with the ETA 6498 with Top-finish, 665,- Euro. The regular XLH model is priced at 395,- Euro.
The Pilot watches come with a transparent display back. To have a regular stainless steel case back, add 25,- Euro to the price of the watch. A folding clasp instead of a buckle is available for 40,- Euro.
My personal favourite would be the 42mm Pilot H version, this model comes close to the original pilot watches due to the absence of a brand name on the dial and the lack of a date window. The price of this model is 365,- Euro.
Have a look at Archimede Uhren yourself, website available in German and English language.