The Praesto Modern Fliegeruhr

I pre-ordered a Praesto Modern Fliegeruhr Aviator with a beadblasted case and grey dial early last September. At that point, the image on the website was a rendering, and some specs.

I was looking for an inexpensive everyday watch, something simple with rugged looks and easy to read. What caught my eye was the sapphire crystal and 200m depth rating. It’s 44mm wide, 12.5mm thick and made of 316L grade stainless steel case with the model and serial number on the screw-down caseback.

You don’t have to stare at it to figure out the time – good when you’re half drunk in a pub. It also has nice contrasting colours. The 4-5 o’clock positioning of the second hand was unique, and so were the skeletonised hands. I would have gone for the PVD case, but I’m slightly clumsy and I would hate to scratch the coating off.

The company is Chinese (Hong Kong), the design is American, most of the other parts are Chinese (China) and the movement is a Japanese Miyota 8245 unit.

The original launch date was late November. Due to some teething production issues, I received the item in January. It arrived as advertised – in a leather carrying bag. I remember driving excitedly to the post office to pick it up.

Having lived with it for some time now, the issue that stinks sticks the most is… the leather strap. It’s beautifully made (italian?); thick and chunky, and doesn’t look out of place. Problem is, the weather here just doesn’t permit a leather strap unless you’re in AC all the time. I’ve since had it changed to a silicon rubber strap, and it is now trouble-free.

Other things I feel can be improved… the watch runs slightly fast – almost 5 minutes per week. The movement also sounds slightly rough when you’re winding it. The screwdown crown is also a little rough – and whenever I use it, I am afraid that I may crossthread it. Nothing I cannot live with – just have to be careful.

There are other imperfections, but hey this is a custom made limited production piece… only 99 other watches out there look like mine ;-)

The Superluminova looks gorgeous in the dark… here are some photos…