CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases Sponsored Post

There’s no lack of aviation-inspired watches out there, so for one to stand out, it really needs to be something unique. The CJR AIRSPEED presents modern design with a retro concept. We took elements from the 17th century and executed it with a modern touch. Perfect for trendsetters who are looking to experiment with new styles, the CJR AIRSPEED is a handsome watch that will get attention due to its unconventional layout with an accessible cost of entry. Featuring a beautifully curved case and regulator dial, the CJR AIRSPEED speaks to vintage watches, but looks and feels like a modern sculpture on the wrist. Inspired by a love of aircrafts, watches, and all things mechanical, the CJR AIRSPEED is made to resemble the dials on an airplane dashboard.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

Rather than a simple replica of a vintage piece, the CJR AIRSPEED is a modern interpretation that stays true where needed for a genuine look. Furthermore, we offer two styles in Pilot and Vintage models to cater to distinct styles of different wearers. This watch blends diverse aviation influences together with a Miyota automatic heart, a display case back, and is available with either nylon or leather straps, or a mesh bracelet. With prices starting at $329 (early bird pricing) on Kickstarter, we think this watch stands out from the pack.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

Case

The CJR AIRSPEED measures 43.0 x 48.0 x 14.7mm with 20.0mm lugs. The case has a seamless pebble-like shape that, while reminiscent of the Ressence Type 5, has an overall different feel. The high-domed Hesalite crystal, which rises proudly above the case, adds a bit of distortion around the edges while giving the impression of the case having no sides. It’s a real pleasure to turn it sideways and watch the crystal act like a funhouse mirror across the features on the dial. On the right side is a smooth 6.5mm push-pull crown. Aesthetically, it works with the watch’s overall proportions.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

While sapphire can be milled to be the same shapes as curved acrylic, the look just isn’t the same. Needless to say, Hesalite is a component that adds a lot of value to the watch. Time has no secrets here, since the automatic movement is always on view through an exhibition, dome-shaped Hesalite case back when the CJR AIRSPEED is flipped over. The rotor then features Côtes de Genève decoration on the winding plate and balance cock.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

Dial & Hands

With the CJR AIRSPEED, a traditional vertical regulator layout is swapped for a more asymmetric design. This watch uses two registers as a way to increase legibility in what could otherwise be a very busy dial.

The watch offers classical characteristics of aircraft instruments: a detailed dial with distinctive vintage Arabic numeral lettering, color-coded airspeed markings on the second sub-dial, trademark navigation triangle, and hands covered with Superluminova lacquer to guarantee a perfect reading during night. All of the time functions on the pilot version are lumed, while the ones on the vintage are not. The lume has a pale green color when on the dial, almost the same as lightly-yellowed tritium, though it glows a minty green.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

The hour sub-dial consists of distinctive vintage Arabic numeral lettering. The surface below this area has a fine circular cut-out around it, setting the whole hour sub-dial apart from the rest of the dial while also providing an attractive detail. The hour hand may be a tad short, but it’s still legible. On the outer edge of the dial, there are minute indexes with numerals at intervals of 5 and lines for individual units. The minute hand extends out to the very edge of the case, allowing for precise (to-the-minute) time telling, as it’s right against the hash marks on the outer edge.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

At 4 o'clock is a sub-register for the 60-second counter, which is dressed up a bit, featuring a surface of circular cut-out. The red, yellow, and green arcs are reminiscent of the airspeed indicator on an airplane instrument, with red, dark gray, and light gray arcs on the Vintage version. At 3 o'clock there is a date window showing a white date disk with black lettering. For such a small area, there is actually quite a lot going on. Luckily, it’s just enough space to let everything breath.

Just because the dial is more complex doesn't mean CJR gets to relax the detail a bit - it's got the company’s logo in silver at 1 o’clock with the model’s name “AIRSPEED” inscribed in white. Judging by the shallow x-mark on the head, the screw above the date window could be purely for adornment.

A note on the Vintage version: The hour and minute hands are silver swords with pointed tips, thus they appear less visible against a beige background and might compromise the readability of the watch. What it needs is a pop of color to the elements to increase legibility.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

Movement

At the heart of the CJR AIRSPEED is the automatic Miyota 8219. Apparently, Miyota’s workhorses have been the go-to of late for microbrands across the board. How is the Miyota on the wrist? Good. Yes, this is a Japanese movement, and would I have preferred it to be a Swiss ETA? I would, but I won't criticize this decision at all because, after all, its use here is certainly more in line with what one would expect from the price. Beating at a satisfactory 21,600bph, the 21-jewel 8219 provides a smooth second hand sweep, adding to the regulator dial as well as ensuring dead-on accuracy. Power reserve is 45 hours.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

Straps & Wearability

The CJR AIRSPEED comes with either a nylon strap, an Italian genuine leather strap, or a Milanese bracelet. The leather is thick but supple, and the strap tapers slightly towards the buckle for a more comfortable wear. On the Milanese bracelet, the watch takes on a slightly sterner look that might fit better in a formal setting. But in the summer months, a nylon slip-through should do the trick. Think white tees, Keds, and jeans - a casual look is the CJR AIRSPEED’s forte.

The pin buckle has a nice, angular design, picking up some cues from the lugs, and curls down in such a way as to perfectly hug the wrist. The watch definitely wears very well. Along the edge of the case is a colored inner ring surrounding the dial, done in a turquoise color on the Pilot version and red on the Vintage one. It is actually a gasket, creating a seal to prevent water entrance. It’s a very cool application that hasn’t been done before, one that makes the watch fun to wear in any situation.

CJR AIRSPEED: Modern Take On The Traditional Pilot Watch Watch Releases

Available in Pilot and Vintage, we invite you to take a look at our Kickstarter page to learn more about the CJR Airspeed watch. Once again, Kickstarter prices begin at $329.

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  • Matthew Rowe

    It lacks in a few details (only the first fifteen minutes on the minute track are marked out, as one example) but mostly makes up for it by doing something different. Nice to see with recent crowd funding projects being so heavy in quartz minimalism or some homage diver.

  • AW

    Does it have to be so thick? I like a nice regulator once in a while, but it looks like the minute hand is pretty high for what’s needed. At least it’s priced pretty well for what they offer.

  • hatster

    I have seen this written up in a couple of places and I have become quite a fan of the design after reading about it. It is a little unusual without being so off-the-wall that it has become hard to define as a ‘watch’, unlike some brands today. Is it perfect? I would prefer to suggest it is quirky, and at that price, is a tempting little number. It won’t be for everyone’s tastes but as the comments show throughout the site, that’s what makes watches interesting. Will I buy one? I am giving the vintage version some consideration, I have to say.

  • SuperStrapper

    A pilot watch inspired by the 17th century? Do the Wright brothers know about this?

    That aside, the watch is not without its charms. I am a sucker for regulator displays. Unfortunately, acrylic crystals are unacceptable in my world, and I must be cold hearted because I don’t buy into the romantic notion that they ‘warm’ dials and appearance. Do they look different than sapphires? Yes, because sapphires are crystal clear and remain so for many years.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Wow…this copywriter reminds me of “Big Fat” the “The Big Fat Balding Guy With a Stubby

    Cigar in His Mouth and His Pants Half-Zipped….and this time I’m being honest with you.”
    Good job.

  • Johan Kvande

    Did they say “[…] or even diving” at 1:37 in the Kickstarter video? With a 3ATM wristwatch? Sounds a bit optimistic.

    • CJR Team

      Oops, good catch! Thanks for bringing our goof to light!

  • iamcalledryan

    Quite like the black one, but I can imagine it would grow tiresome seeing peoples reaction when they come running up to you asking if you are wearing a Ressence!

    • Shinytoys

      the fact that people would ask you at all what you’re wearing on your wrist would dictate you’re heading in the right direction in my opinion 🙂

    • Chaz

      People running up to ask would know Ressence??? Truly an impressive circle you revolve around!!!

    • SuperStrapper

      If someone ran up to me and asked about Ressence, I would be wholly impressed! That’s someone to have a pint and chin wag with about watches. We’re few and far between around here.

      • CJR Team

        One Airspeed is all it takes!

    • CJR Team

      Yeah, we imagine it’ll be easy for you to get phone numbers? *wink

  • I think I like the Vintage more in this case… not a fan of the green-yellow-red accents. Individually they would work together…ummm… not really, not for me anyway…

    • CJR Team

      Hang in there, Bogdan. We are cooking up something new and exciting. Real soon.

  • DanW94

    I don’t like the addition of the date window and the brand logo is a bit wonky but otherwise it has an offbeat charm to it.

  • Shinytoys

    I do like regulators, and this has a fine look to it. The get in price for the kickstarter fund makes it very interesting indeed. I think they made a wise choice going with the Miyota movement. It’s a proven reliable engine that’s a great bargain. Put an ETA movement in it’s place and the asking price would put it in a shark infested marketplace. Stay the course…

    • CJR Team

      Wow, thanks Shinytoys. Glad you like it.

  • laup nomis

    For its price I’m quite impressed with this. The hour hand is too short, without a doubt. And Mr @iamcalledryan remark about Ressence made me laugh.
    Really need to see it in the ‘real’ to have any idea of its wear-ability. I wonder whether at 43mm its a bit large, its much easier to make a smaller watch look smarter.

    • CJR Team

      Do you have a thin wrist?

      • laup nomis

        Somewhat impertinately phrased. If you were a regular reader of this column you’d know I’ve mentioned the size of my wrist before.
        I thought my comment was positive, on condition of actually seeing it. How thin is your skin?

        • CJR Team

          We sincerely apologize for the miscommunication. It wasn’t meant to be disrespectful. We merely want to know your wrist size to see if Airspeed is a good fit, as some prefer the watch to sit on the wrist completely from top to bottom. Since your wrist can wear a 47mm watch, then Airspeed shouldn’t be a problem. 🙂

          • laup nomis

            I shall take that apology at face value. Ill clarify my statement about size, its nothing to do with my wrist size, rather, the objective size of a watch.
            There is a reason the largest part of the Rolex catalogue is mostly sub 40mm. Similar with PP and many more of the most desirable watches in the world. This is as matter of ‘taste’ and as such ‘nebulous’, but then my point is born out by the evidence, (like Rolex).
            Dress watches look subtler, harmonious, and more discrete for being smaller. Larger watches have a different presence. This is not a logical statement, it is an aesthetic judgement, and born out by the evidence of the average dress watch size.
            I am not saying large watches are not like this, just that it is easier to appear as such when smaller. There are many wonderful watches that are larger.
            Further, I like the watch, I was merely making an observation about watch sizes in general. I am sure many will disagree, and many won’t see it. That’s fair enough, aesthetics though having a broadly agreed basic principles, is not empirical. Taste rules often work just as well when broken.

  • Vince

    Well “Airspeed” “Pilot watch” and not even one picture in a cockpit or aerodrome etc. Vintage style case and glass, a bit messy

  • Nick

    I commend them for doing something different at this price point. Not quite for me though.

    • CJR Team

      Why not? *curious

      • Nick

        Hi CJR! It’s a personal preference. For me regulators add complexity to telling the time. I think you have done a great job with the layout of the dial though and it is the kind of watch that would attract a lot of comments.

  • Well it’s different and inexpensive. That’s about all the good things I can think of. Not a look I care for but that’s just me.

  • Josh Graves

    I like it. It would be nice to have a higher priced version with sapphire crystals for those of us with an aversion to acrylic and glass.

  • Vince

    White hands plus white dial hard to read the time!

  • egznyc

    I’m not sure if the only difference between pilot and vintage versions is the color way and lume (or absence thereof). Same otherwise? The design is interesting though I’m not sure it’s my thing. I don’t understand why there are indices on the bezel/case; they seem unnecessary. Still, not a bad-looking design and a reasonable price.

  • Ranchracer

    Boy, another Kickstarter aviation watch. It’s gotten to the point where I rarely even read these sponsored posts anymore because they’re all the same. This one did catch my eye because I sort of like the design, but not using a sapphire crystal was a mistake (Many other Kickstarters have proven you can hit this price point with a Miyota and sapphire, so don’t tell me it can’t be done.), and I simply don’t understand the compulsion of start-up watch makers to use a display case back with a Miyota movement (or basic off-the-shelf ETA for that matter). Incidentally, I applaud the use of the Miyota as it’s just as good, if not better than the equivalent ETA, but there’s nothing special about. Regardless of how much lipstick you put on that pig, it’s still a pig.

    I suppose for the first time auto buyer it’s a novelty to take the watch off and see the mechanicals. And let’s face it, every Kickstarter watch is aimed squarely at the first time buyer, so maybe this one will be a success.