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Tutima M2 Watch Review

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tutima watches had a very proud moment in 1984 when their timepieces were chosen as the official timepieces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Europe. This didn’t happen because the chaps in Germany greased the right palms, but rather because their efforts paid off when it came to the stringent requirements set forth by any military organization in regard to both functionality and durability.

Space-age-looking even today, the original Lemania 5100 movement-powered watches are no longer produced, but iterations of the classic Tutima reference 798 watch have lived on in the brand’s collection. When the Glashütte, Germany-based brand recently “re-launched” a few years ago, part of their goal was to continue their classic collections in a more modern form for today. The Tutima M2 watch carries on the brand’s legacy in a very cool and sporty body.

The Tutima M2 collection is the natural ancestor of the original 1980s military watches that helped define the personality of the brand. The company began their focus on military and professional watches when they started to produce flieger (aviator) pieces in the 1940s. If you like a more vintage look in a sports watch, then I recommend you check out the Tutima Grand Flieger collection.

As part of Tutima’s relaunch, the brand announced that it would produce many, though not all, of their movements in-house. This was debuted in a very showy manner back in 2011 with the Tutima Glashütte Homage Minute Repeater – a classic-looking, thoroughly German watch with an in-house-made minute repeater movement. Of course, the M2 collection is about military style and functionality – so we aren’t expecting to see a minute repeater here, but the collection does contain the very capable and in-house-made Tutima caliber 521.

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The automatic mechanical movement has a dial layout which is inspired by the famed Lemania 5100. What does that mean? Mainly, that it employs a collector-favorite chronograph with a central seconds and central minutes hand. This makes it easier to use and read the chronograph because the main dial is used for these two important pieces of information. The more common alternative, of course, is for the chronograph to have a central seconds hand along with subdials to measure the chronograph minutes and hours. The caliber 521 has three subdials like the Lemania 5100, but done in Tutima’s own way. One subdial is for the running seconds, another to measure the chronograph hours, and the last is a synchronized 24-hour indicator which serves as an AM/PM indicator. In all, I feel that this is a superior and more useful dial layout for a sporty chronograph than, say, a Valjoux 7750.

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Other watches I’ve discussed with this particular and highly useful dial layout include the also German Sinn EZM 10 (review here), and the Swiss Breguet Type XXI (hands-on here). Note that these two watches also have either a fully in-house movement (the Breguet) or a heavily modified base movement (the Sinn). While all are lovely and highly legible, Tutima goes to great visual lengths to ensure that the chronograph on the M2 collection of watches is dead easy to use as well as read.

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Tutima caliber 521 automatic movement is currently used in a few watches produced by Tutima today. These include the various models in the M2 collection, as well as models in the more dressy Tutima Saxon One collection. Unfortunately, in the Tutima M2 collection, the movement isn’t visible through a sapphire caseback window like it is in the Saxon One – but that is for good reason, as the case employs a soft iron core to offer the movement a high degree of magnetic resistance.

The Tutima caliber 521 operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 44 hours. Functions include the time, date, 12-hour chronograph, and AM/PM indicator hand (you’ll love this when trying to set the date properly). Finishing is impressive, but as I mentioned above, it is a bit of a shame owners of Tutima M2 watches aren’t able to see it through the back of the watch. With that said, as this is a rather serious military-minded timepiece, “function first” are the orders of the day.

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tutima currently offers the M2 collection as four models which include the Tutima M2 on a strap (reference 6450-02) or bracelet (ref. 6450-03), as well as this Tutima M2 Pioneer on a strap (ref. 6451-02) or bracelet (ref. 6451-03). I should probably mention here that (as far as I know), the Tutima M2 models that come on the titanium bracelet also come with an extra strap – so getting those essentially gives you both wearing options.

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tutima M2 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The model I am reviewing is the Tutima M2 Pioneer (6451-02), but I feel comfortable considering this review as being of the entire Tutima M2 collection. Why? Well the only difference between the M2 and the M2 Pioneer is the internal flange ring as well as the presence of a rotating timing bezel. The Tutima M2 is more like the original Tutima 798 with sloped internal flange ring around the dial with a 12-hour scale on it, and the Tutima M2 Pioneer is more like some later Tutima models that include a rotating diver-style bezel to the design. Which you choose is really a matter of personal aesthetic taste, and whether or not you value the presence of a rotating bezel (which I happen to like a lot).

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  • MEddie90

    Love the central minute chronograph (easily the best way of doing a chrono, legible and clean) and the styling is ok, not to keen on the size and the price. The finish looks good and I get that its an in-house movement but at that price it’s got some stiff competition.

    I think going with a more standard chronograph movement and instead modifying (like Sinn does with the EZM-10) it to allow for a central minutes counter would have helped regulate cost and allowed for more hassle free service if the company goes under.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Sweet watch:
    http://tutima.com/wp-tutima/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/6151-04-Frontale-726×1043.jpg
    The M2 Seven Seas – ready to use with every function and fibre! Pure
    titanium case, automatic Caliber T 330. Day/date display. Hour, minute,
    sweep second-hand. Pressure-tested to 50 bar. Unidirectionally rotatable
    bezel. Screwed back. Diameter: 44 mm.
    With Kevlar strap Ref-no 6151-01, with pure titanium bracelet Ref-no 6151-04

    • Kuroji

      Could use some nicer hands.

  • ??????

    Great movement and solid craftsmanship – probably, thats a maximum needed for a mechanical tool watch. Maybe a bit to serious for my taste.

  • laup nomis

    I liked the look the moment I saw the picture. I also like historic military watches and brands, and German watches.
    But 46.5mm is possibly a little large. I know I go on about size, but I like my watches to be reasonably discrete, and not the first thing you notice about me.

    • ??????

      “I like my watches to be reasonably discrete, and not the first thing you notice about me.” – you should try something as refined as this:

      • word-merchant

        I had no idea that Rolex had released a new gold Deep Sea. The dial shot isn’t completely clear, so I can’t see the ‘Rolex’ mark, but I assume ‘Invicta’ is the name of a submarine or a boat or something. Fantastic!

      • laup nomis

        Snort, snigger…chortle

      • Larry Holmack

        Okay…I wear large watches that sometimes are a bit over the top…but that monstrosity is beyond anything I’ve ever seen!! That must be one of their new 63 mm, Soviet Death Star watches!!!!

      • Kuroji
      • egznyc

        Looks like they had to break into Fort Knox in the middle of the night.

    • Don Manuel

      Yeah, it’s a real shame they made it that big (but, yeah, that’s the general trend) – 42 mm would have been enough.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Here’s the lume shot

    • Kuroji

      Missing the bezel with lume pips.

  • SuperStrapper

    Love the movement but I don’t know how the could have made the watch any uglier. The legless look is a bit of a signature for the brand, but I midline it much, and the integrated chronograph pushers are another peeve of mine. Combine that with covering them in something as fickle as neoprene and I am turned away quite decidedly. I do like a sand or bead blast finish, but in this case is makes the Ti look a little cheap.

    All in, I pass without a second look.

  • Fantastic. A central minute counter is one of the most useful designs ever made. Titanium is an excellent material for a tough, functional watch too. I do wonder how the neoprene covers on the chrono pushers will last over the long term, however. I think a simple, well-textured metal might be a better choice..

  • Always liked the design of this series, but 46+mm is just too large for me to consider wearing on a regular basis. Couple questions:

    1. Are they really using neoprene for the pusher covers? Neoprene would be a bit soft for the application IMHO; and,

    2. Am I seeing the date change already beginning at 10:42 PM and the twenty-four hour indicator already fully at the 12 o’clock mark?

  • Shawn Lavigne

    that’s a real watch. nice.

  • BNABOD

    Too big too thick too expensive the movement is based on the 7750 btw.
    How about this one instead

  • Larry Holmack

    I like it!!! 46-48 mm is right in my comfort zone of what I like to wear!!! A little too pricey for me…but if I were still able to work…I would consider saving up for one.

  • David west

    $6700! That’s approaching Rolex money! Who in their right mind would throw down that kind of scratch for this when a new Speedmaster from an AD costs about $4500.

    • Kuroji

      This is clearly meant for people not in their right mind.

      • David west

        To quote the great Archibald Chesterfield the Third, “Omega Speedmaster, Man of the [email protected]&€ing Moon!”

  • Kuroji

    Thank you for not saying Faraday cage.

  • fer

    Huge fan of center hand chronos, but I wish this was like 40mm.

  • I’m with the crowd where – central chronograph minute hand rocks. Do wish the case where smaller and also contoured to fit the human wrist. But if you have a large wrist (and wallet), this is definitely a tool watch with a lot to like (even if it does not initially strike me as being pretty).

  • Central minutes FTW!

  • The har

    I love the simplistic yet sporty look to the watch, but boy,it’s like a great dane next to a corky when on the wrist.

  • Andrew Hughes

    Dear Tutima… It is okay to shrink this a few mm for the normal dudes…. Central chronographs are popular for a reason… now if someone can just come up with an affordable Lemania 5100 replacement…

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