For September 2017, the aBlogtoWatch monthly giveaway offers the chance to win a German Laco Münster automatic watch. Sometimes called a flieger, this style of no-nonsense pilot watch is among the most iconic, and Laco can claim a direct historic link to early examples of military flieger watches. Laco was one of the important watch manufactures that provided the German Luftwaffe (air force) with Beobachtungsuhr “B-Uhr” watches during WW2, along with other well-known Swiss and German brands. The reliable legibility of a timepiece was crucial to various aspects of warfare, and the large functional watches produced by Laco and other companies for various military forces at the time were important tools that still reflect the specific use they were made for.
Unlike the sometimes 55mm diameter of the WW2 Laco Münster replica watches, the Laco Münster is 42mm wide for more modern and civilian wearing needs (funny because vintage-to-modern watches nowadays usually means smaller-to-larger). At 13mm thick with a domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the Laco Münster is water-resistant to 50m and should wear prominently on the wrist. With C3 Super-LumiNova, the dial and heat-blued steel hands will be easy to read in any light against the matte black, textured dial. The Laco Münster’s solid caseback is engraved with the information that would be found on the inside of the caseback on the originals, and the 9 o’clock side of the sandblasted steel case has “FL23883,” just as its historic predecessors did. The riveted brown calf leather strap completes the package. With a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement inside, the Laco Münster has a retail price of €850, and you can enter for the chance to win one this month by following the instructions below.