Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On

There are a few general styles of watches that are all but iconic, and the Flieger, or Pilot watch is certainly in that class. Given that most of the designs are based on German specs of the 1940s - or watches built to those specs - many of the Flieger watches available today share a lot of similarities. This can give things a welcome consistency, and make it absolutely clear what sort of a watch you are dealing with. This can also make it somewhat trickier to tell various makes from one another. With that in mind, let's have a closer look at what sets the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf apart.

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On

At first glance, it may not seem like there is a lot different about the watch. This owes to the fact that the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf was designed to the Baumuster A (aka Type A) dial specification. This is where things like the dotted triangle and Arabic numerals are specified, as is the large diamond crown (the better to turn when wearing flying gloves). Now, I am guessing that many of us reading this are hardly pilots, so how closely the specs are hewed to is less critical. So, let's see where the watch diverges.

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The feature that caught my eye immediately was the fact that there is a power reserve indicator on the watch. This is something that I have not seen on very many Fliegers. In practice, it can be a handy little dial to have, especially if you are rotating through a few watches in a week. At a glance, you can know if you need to wind the watch. You may also notice something odd about that subdial - it actually goes past zero. I asked the brand about this, and they had the following to say about it:

Think of it as the fuel reserve tank in a car. The movements have 40 hours of guaranteed power reserve, with a bit extra in reserve as a safety - a nice and important feature for pilots that relied on their watches for timing especially during the Flieger period of the 1930’s.

So, it initially seemed quite odd, but it it does make sense, in a way. Sort of like setting your clocks forward 5 minutes to get yourself to leave on time - that sort of thing.

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The next changeup comes courtesy of the date display window. While this is certainly an option here and there on Flieger watches, I imagine having the date displayed was not exactly part of the original spec. Here, it gives the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf more functionality in day-to-day life on the ground. Thankfully, Panzera put a color-matched wheel in place, so it keeps things nicely coordinated with the dial. It's also interesting to note where on the dial it shows up. Sometimes on these larger watches (47mm in this case), the date window shows up way inset, which simply highlights that a tiny movement was shoved into a big case. While I would not have minded seeing it a bit further outboard, I think it's reasonably placed here, and points to some thought going into matching a movement to the case.

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Speaking of that movement, it's rather likely that no one has heard of 2BA0 movement. As you might accurately guess, it is sourced from China. Specifically, it comes from the Hangzhou Watch Company. This is a firm that has been making movements for over four decades, and Panzera is specifically sourcing just those movements that are graded as AAA. These are then sent to the manufacturing partner based in Hamburg, Germany, where modifications (if any) are made as part of building the watches. Panzera was also eager to note that by working with the German partner - rather than going directly to China - they were able to achieve a higher level of quality. In the limited amount of time I had hands-on with this piece, that's hard to specifically verify. That said, the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf felt like a solidly built watch, and I had no issues with it, or it's timekeeping in the time I spent with it.

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Now, back to what differentiates the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf from others in its segment. The last changeup is one that I am not as big of a fan of, and that would be the amount of text showing up on the dial. Looking north-south on the dial, you have a very balanced look, with the power reserve and sub-seconds dials complementing each other. Look east-west, however, and things are not nearly as balanced. Sure, you have text on both sides, but the logo (plus model name) outweighs the simple "Automatic" showing up by the date display. Frankly, when it comes to Fliegers, I am more drawn to a clean, almost sterile, dial. While the extra ink does indeed differentiate the watch, I think it may be somewhat detrimental here. If it were up to me, I'd drop the "Automatic", and if the logo needed to stay, perhaps opt to print it in a high-gloss black or dark gray that allows it to be present, but not make the dial feel cluttered and unbalanced. Of course, these are the sort of things you notice when you're poring over the watch - in daily wear, a detail like that is less of an issue.

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Daily wear was another area that I was curious about with the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf. Why? Well, the 47mm case is a good bit larger than I prefer to wear, so it would be a "shock to the wrist," so to speak. Fortunately, though the case is large, the weight of the watch (124g) is really quite reasonable, so it did not feel like I was hauling around a brick throughout the day. I also, rather fortunately, did not experience any issues with the crown digging into my wrist, which would be a valid concern with a watch of this nature. Wearing it to the office (and even with a suit at times), the watch worked in my daily routines. I found it eminently readable, and found no issues in that regard.

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All was not completely perfect though, in my book. There were (at least for me) some issues with the included strap. Yes, it's a decent leather strap for a stock one, and it did its job of keeping the watch in place. I did notice some squeaking from the lugs now and again, which fortunately went away after some longer wear. The bigger issue I had here was with fitment. Now, my 7.25" wrist is not what I would consider to be small. With the strap on the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf, however, I ended up adjusting the deployant to the smallest setting. This is somewhat due to the nature of how Fliegers are designed (so they could ostensibly be placed on the outside of a jacket). For anyone with a wrist under 7", that means if you like this watch, you're likely going to be getting a different strap, or punching some additional holes in the stock strap. Again, not the most difficult thing in the world to rectify, but something buyers should be aware of.

Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf Watch Hands-On Hands-On

So, as you can see, the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf was a mix of interesting design elements combined with a few aspects that were less than optimal from my point of view. Most of these are easily corrected (or simply looked past), however. If you're in that camp, then you will be able to get your own for $450 in either the Wulf color palette as we shown here, or one of the other colorways they have available. Regardless of the color chosen, the watch carries a two-year warranty, should something go awry. While comparisons to other "big" pilot watches are inevitable, I think the Panzera Flieger F47-02D Wulf offers some features that make for a decent (and affordable) option. panzera-style.com

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  • iamcalledryan

    Wow just look at that price point! Yes it is not bringing much new to the pilot watch that IWC hasn’t nailed down itself, yes the power reserve shouldn’t be on a 360 degree dial (even if you want to make it go past zero), yes the anchor in the logo is at odds with the pilot concept – but for that price who cares? Would be interested to know how this thing performs over several months of wear..

    • Paul Stanley

      I should have read your post before I posted mine. Sole Amazon reviewer said worked great for 90 days then it just quit. But it looked great the whole time. The reviewed even said he had an IWC Big Pilot. Sent back for warranty. My $150 Parnis (with mechanical movement from the same factory best I can tell) has been running perfectly for 6 months. If you like the $450 price, check the watch out on Massdrop for $195!

  • So much identity crisis going on here…IWC ripoff looks, “pilot” styling but an anchor on the dial with a name alluding to TANKS (“Panzera”)???
    Seriously…W T F ??

  • Hrv Mnstrl

    That crown!

  • Fraser Petrick

    In “Zoolander”, the third greatest movie ever made, David Duchovny played a hand model. ABTW needs to hire a hand model, one who knows what kind of shirt goes with what kind of sweater. And don’t get me started about hairy wrists!

  • Fraser Petrick

    Oops. Make that the fourth greatest movie ever made.

  • iamcalledryan

    What’s the deal with people having an issue with hair on the arm – isn’t it moreorless universal for men? I find the site of arm-stubble very unnerving, as do I find the sight of a soft-as-a-baby-arm on a guy with thick black hair! But yeah, agree a hand model would do a good job of upping the game here at ABTW

  • Ulysses31

    The video reviewer on their website keeps calling this watch “a chronograph”, and claims the movement is “highly decorated”…  I don’t think they should have such ill-informed people reviewing their watches as it doesn’t look good.  From my five seconds of research I am guessing this is a South Korean company – make of that what you will, but this is basically a so-called “Germasian” watch.  It looks decent except for the logo and the rounded lugs and that annoying squeaking strap.  I’m not sure what i’m trying to say, really.  There are a ton of watches out there like this to choose from.  Get this, or a big old Parnis of similar styling.  There’s nothing more satisfying than the feeling of having a big Parnis shoved in your letterbox, although if the package is too big, it won’t fit, or at least be a tight squeeze.  I’ve decided i’m not very moved by this Panzera.  Am I trying to be funny, or just taking the piss?  Who knows?

  • Ulysses31 My Parnis is bigger than your Parnis. And you might need to find a more accommodating letterbox.

  • BigMike213

    That movement looks rough, but at that price I guess there can’t be too much to complain about. I’d still rather buy a Seiko with that kind of watch budget though.

  • AK74

    Chinese movement in German watch? It’s like BMW with a Chinese engine it.

  • AK74

    iamcalledryan are you kidding? You can get Seiko with a japanese movement for a half this price. This is overpriced.

  • CX100

    I bought this watch with the blue dial, middle of last year. Wear it as my daily and gotta say it hasn’t skipped a beat. Frustratingly its more accurate than my IWC and Breitling with about +5 sec per day on the movement. So I have no problem with this Chinese movement inside. Pretty decent quality for the price compared to some of the other cheapies I have tried and failed with, that will remain nameless, but have been mentioned below 🙂

  • AK74 Well…the Chinese did come out with the brand “BYD” which is suspiciously close to…but not quite…like BMW

  • Grinnie Jax

    Mushroom brands on ABTW? I got my Orient Star for 300$ and how can it be compared to Chinese …

  • joshgraves

    Not a bad looker for the price.  About 7mm too large though.

  • DG Cayse

    Fraser Petrick Forgot about “Dodgeball” didn’t ya ?

  • DG Cayse

    Those who are sniffing the air at the use of Chinese movements are in for a bit of enlightenment.
    They work. They are accurate.They are, for the most part durable. They are well designed (most are duplicates of Swiss movements and many are made on Swiss machinery). They are advancing technologically at a most rapid rate in both material and assembly. They are also coming in at a price point that is very handsome to many watch companies.

    With the proper QC (quality control) monitoring – Unless you know, you would never actually “know” it is made in China.

    This is not to say I particularly like this offering. But I would include it into the wear cycle on occasion.
    Good review, as always, Mr. Kansa.

  • star42

    I know I’ve seen this before somewhere. You can pick up one of these for less than $100 online

  • CX100

    star42 I tried that… didn’t work out too well…. wasted $100 on the parnis after it stopped working 2 months in. I ended up buying one of these flieger models as a replacement  🙂 Theres a lesson there somewhere… you get what you pay for I guess….

  • Fraser Petrick

    DG Cayse Fraser Petrick  I liked the part where Rip Torn threw the monkey wrench at the skinny kid.

  • bnabod

    Flieger……with an ancre on the dial, a navy fliger…..hum yawol

  • shinytoys

    So true.

  • shinytoys

    What you said is true, whether you’re taking a pass or not.

  • OnPointFirearms

    Fraser Petrick And would it kill you racist sunnova bees at ABTW to hire a black man?

  • Robin Henry

    It looks like a nice watch, but it’s another watch company that I’ve never heard of until today. How an anchor appears in the logo is anyone’s guess. The price is much lower than I expected, but I wonder who buys all these watches?

  • iamcalledryan

    I can’t say I have seen the Seiko catalogue lately – so you are telling me that they have a $200 watch that is pvd, power reserve, off centre seconds and an automatic movement? I think you are the joker.

  • spiceballs

    star42  no date window?

  • spiceballs

    DG Cayse Fraser Petrick surely he’s referring to “The Full Monty”

  • spiceballs

    iamcalledryan  one can buy a Seiko 5 auto dive watch (no power reserve but central seconds hand) with day/date, see-thru hardlex back and s/s strap for around $150 on line.  I have one (Chinese made Seiko movement) and it is very good.

  • spiceballs

    Its nice ltho’ a bit large for me) and looks legible and well put-together but unfortunately there are many out there that look similar as others have noted and while I understand the reasons for, that crown always looks  a bit ugly, to me. Not a bad price but one could probably find these a little cheaper, on the “net”.

  • iamcalledryan

    sounds fine, but pvd the case and add a power reserve and we are back in the $400 range.

  • Jef_in

    It would have been nicer to remove the Panzera Anchor and line logo from the current position on the watch left side and include that in the power reserve indicator with the indicator Arm becoming the anchor logo.  Then just have the Panzer name on the current left side aligned with the word Automatic on the right.  China movement made from Swiss machines and with German finishing,  not much of a difference from other swiss movements done in China factory.  IMO these movements would be the third tier supplier in competition with Japan movement and ETA replacements in the future.

  • star42

    spiceballs star42 Well I don’t know how much the date complication is worth to you. To me, I don’t think it’s worth $200+.

  • spiceballs

    star42 spiceballs  Agree, but then I don’t think it will actually sell at $450 regardless of PVD coating, power reserve & deployant leather strap which I don’t believe justify $300  in exchange for day & bracelet either.  That said, its nice.

  • I_G

    DG Cayse I’d rather sniff dog turd than Chinese watches.

  • egznyc

    Yeah that brings back an involuntary chuckle. What are your other top movie picks?

  • I_G

    Another spring roll try to look like bratwurst. The legendary line of “German” brands like Aeromatic 1912, Tauchmeister 1937 and Stührling Original continues! LOL

  • DG Cayse

    I_G DG Cayse Bold fellow to make such a desire public.

  • Fraser Petrick

    egznyc  4th best: Dodgeball.   3rd best: Dumb and Dumber;   2nd best: Planes, Trains and Automobiles;   And alone at the top, the pinnacle, the el supremo: Sharknado.

  • Fraser Petrick

    egznyc  Oops, I forgot Zoolander. I’ll move Dodgeball to 5th, and let Zoolander have 4th.
    Thus I have spoken. Thus endeth the lesson. Amen.

  • egznyc

    Lol. I’d never heard of Sharknado but the quick search I ran suggests it would indeed be enjoyable satire.

  • I_G

    OnPointFirearms Fraser Petrick A fat black transvestite would be even better.

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  • Paul Stanley

    The pictures of this watch are awesome Patrick. The sole reviewer of this watch on Amazon advised that the watch was a great build quality and similar in size to the IWC Big Pilot. However, the watch died after 90 days and had to be returned for warranty work. As to price, the watch is available on Massdrop for $195 plus shipping without the PVD coating.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Currently on massdrop again till DEC 8th 16.