Laco might be known for their precise recreations of traditional Flieger watches, but their catalog includes much more. One of their most recent additions, while still a pilot’s watch, is far from traditional, offering a modern, aggressive and exciting style. The Laco Frankfurt GMT is a dual-crown contemporary pilot’s watch with a rotating internal 24-hr bezel, tons of lume, a GMT caliber, and a bead-blasted steel case. We’re excited to be adding it to the Windup Watch Shop today, available right here.
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Laco Frankfurt GMT
Coming in at 43mm, the Frankfurt GMT is a bold, rugged design with a lot of wrist presence. The German-made case is striking, with a dark, matte finish that makes it look almost like titanium. On the right side are two flat, screw-down onion-crowns that sit cleverly sunken into crown-guards, preventing them from snagging on clothing or digging into your wrist. Popping out the top crown will allow you to interact with the bi-directional bezel, which still clicks making setting a second or third timezone a breeze. Flip the watch around, and you’re presented with an exceptionally detailed relief of a jet in flight. Powered by the ETA 2893-2, re-dubbed the Laco 93, the watch has a reliable and accurate engine at its core.
The dial, seen here in a concrete gray, features a modern interpretation of a pilot’s design with bold markers, a dotted-triangle at twelve, as well as large three and nine numerals. It’s super legible and easy to read at a glance. All markers on the dial and bezel feature intense lume, making it readable in the dark as well. The hour and minute hand have a traditional Roman sword shape and are rendered in heat-blued steel. The seconds hand is a thin lumed stick with a plane-shaped counterweight and the GMT hand features a skeletonized orange triangle tip. Throw in the date at six and you have a feature-rich dial.
On the wrist, the Frankfurt GMT is a force to be reckoned with. At 43 x 50 x 12.5mm, it’s a sizable watch, but not too big either. The sunken crowns keep it comfortable, and the lug-to-lug isn’t too long, preventing unappealing overhang. The dial is wide, and bold, with the split black/gray internal bezel adding some exciting contrast.
The Frankfurt GMT comes in a special aluminum box that includes two straps, one nylon, the other a technical water-resistant leather, a strap changing tool, and a key-chain. The Frankfurt GMT is $1,990 and available now, right here.