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Laco Erbstücke Watch

Laco Erbstücke Watch Watch Releases

“Vintage,” “heritage,” and “antiquing” have become buzz words in today’s watch community. These terms attract some that love nostalgia while having the ability to trigger others who see nothing but red when faux patina is suggested. Laco’s newest release, the Laco Erbstücke Collection, is going to be polarizing, but the nod to history and focus on craft will be attractive to any watch fan. Laco has been making watches since the 1920s and earned its reputation from the 55mm pilot watches (or Fliegers) made during the Second World War. In order to recapture the feeling these vintage pilots imbue, Laco has released a series of watches meant to look antique. Although this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this from Laco — check out the Laco RAD-AUX Limited Edition here and the very similar Laco Flieger Erbstück.

Laco Erbstücke Watch Watch Releases

These watches have been treated with a series of surface applications, leaving them looking like they were pulled from the wreckage of an unfortunate Messerschmitt immediately after the Battle of Britain. Laco has produced two different versions of this watch. One with the traditional type B dial (pictured above with the prominent five-minute markers surrounding the 12-hour center ring) and one with the type A (pictured below with a much cleaner dial). Both watches will come in 42mm stainless-steel cases and feature sapphire crystals. The cases will also retain the traditional engraving, “FL23883.” This marking used to denote watches that met the requirements needed by pilots. As expected on traditional Fliegers, the Laco Erbstücke watches will also feature large onion-style crowns.

Laco Erbstücke Watch Watch Releases

Laco has opted for two different movement choices in the Erbstücke Collection. The first option is the venerable ETA 2824-2 Elabore, and the customer has the option to upgrade to an ETA 2801-2 Elabore hand-winding movement for an additional €150. The movements highlight the contrast between modern and vintage technology present in this collection. Laco has made these watches look old, but they function as new reliable timepieces. For me, that juxtaposition is the most interesting part of this collection.

Laco Erbstücke Watch Watch Releases

One thing that sets this collection of watches from Laco apart from previous aged collections is the dials. The two Erbstücke dials are completely filled with Super-LumiNova, offering exceptional visibility in the dark, as well a new twist on these traditional watches. The heat-blued hands are filled with C3 SuperLumiNova and will provide a nice contrast against the cream-colored dials. These watches are available on brown closed-loop pilots straps with rivets, which have also have been treated to appear antique.

Laco Erbstücke Watch Watch Releases

I personally love Flieger-style watches. I think any watch collection has a missing slot without some sort of pilot watch. These Lacos offer an interesting option to fill that vacancy but I do think their beauty will be in the eye of the beholder. Laco has taken the surface treatments of their cases so far that these watches do, indeed, look vintage. I believe that the dings and nicks in the case will be somewhat divisive to the watch-collecting public. The Erbstücke Collection will be available in two styles, one A-Type dial and one B-Type dial, for €1,950, available in Spring, 2019. For additional information and details, visit laco-watches.com.

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  • Fake aging (on any watch) has ZERO APPEAL TO ME. The nicks and dings on watches I own are my own – and I prefer to have none of them. So I try not to bash ’em up. Being an old guy it took me decades to get over the ripped jeans thing. When I was a kid, your jeans got that way from use – not from the factory or a “boutique person” who aged them before you bought them. Sorry – getting old sucks and I don’t have the patience for old looking new stuff. I can appreciate new looking old stuff (vintage) but not the other way around. (end of grumpy ole man rant)

    I generally like Laco watches – just not these is all.

    • Lingua Franca

      Agree on the fake aging, but I still like the dial on the Longines Heritage Military. I consider “speckled egg” to be a legit dial finish.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d32bc68fedf7a1504860d93a73f2794a627dfda12278abc8182a83c732945e7f.png

    • Sheez Gagoo

      They should have named it ” The Dresden ’45 collection”.

    • Rob Crenshaw

      I’m in the same age boat, but these watches really appeal to me. Why? Hmmmm. I think it’s because I see them as movie props and not fake history. Iow they become much like the Hamilton Interstellar Murphy, even though that is an non-aged design. If you see the artificial aging as an affectation to create—or worse that that—*buy* a history an item/person does not inherently possess, I can see the entire trend as being extremely distasteful. Hence my dislike of mostly any used watch, no matter the provenance or cost. It’s not the watch, it’s the reason why people buy them.

      Back to the movie prop. I see a watch like this as current craftsmanship on top of an already fine watch, much like having a case fully engraved.

  • Jerdp01

    I like the looks of it but I think it crosses the line into Nazi memorabilia.

    • Rob Crenshaw

      Huh?

  • Hands90

    People hate these watches. I love them. I don’t own any but one day I’m going to buy one.
    Apparently they are a very small team and very nice to work with.

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