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Review: Steinhart Nav B-Uhr II B-Type

Review: Steinhart Nav B-Uhr II B-Type

Movement: ETA 2824-2 Swiss Made programmed Case: silk hardened steel Back: Stainless steel screwed Diameter: 44 mm stature: 14.2 mm Weight: 107g Dial: black Crystal: Sapphire domed inside non-reflecting Bezel: tempered steel Indices: Superluminova white C1 Lug width: 22mm Water Resistance: restricted Strap: Juchten calfskin brown with double studs

As noted in my underlying impressions of the Nav B-Uhr II B-Type, it is a recreation of the first observation pilot watches created in the last part of the 1930’s and mid 1940’s for the German military Luftwaffe (air force).  While Lange & Sohne were the essential producer at that point, IWC, Laco, Stowa and Wempe likewise gave stock. As found in the photograph below, the Steinhart is a devoted recreation of the first style, staying consistent with the first dial plan to a tee.  Steinhart has even forgone the situation of any logos or text on the dial to accomplish a generally exact design.  Several of the first producers of the German pilot watches continue to make them today, but none at the amazingly low cost of under $400.

Unlike the first pilots, which used pocket watch developments, the Steinhart Nav B-Uhr II B-Type is controlled by an ETA 2824-2 programmed development with hacking second.  It additionally includes a domed sapphire precious stone with against intelligent finish.  Its remarkable that with these two components alone, Steinhart can figure out how to accomplish a particularly competitive cost point.  But oh, this cost either won’t keep going long, or the ETA development that right now controls the watch will soon be supplanted by another brand name.  The hours of the ubiquitous and some of the time affordable ETA development will soon be behind us, so for those keen on getting in on this arrangement, act fast.


The dial of the B-Type is the place where its closeness with the first German pilot watches is truly achieved.  And in being a chronicled coordinate, the B-Type likewise accomplishes what for me is a sign of the pilot watch style, a feeling of broad scale. Spotless, far reaching dials are a trademark that I love in traditional pilot watches, and is a characterizing highlight of the B-Type.

The dial of the B-Type is black with contrasted white markings and the font all through the dial is sterile and direct. White hash markings for the seconds/minutes line the dial’s external edge, with each fifth hash being elongated and combined with a mathematical marker. Additionally, at the 60 second/minute position an upward bolt shows up, consistent with the authentic standard.

The characterizing normal for the observation style pilot watch is the presence of an inward hour ring with mathematical markings 1 through 12. On the Steinhart Nav B-Uhr II B-Type there are likewise spots at every hour position.  In glancing back at the first German pilot watches, it appears to be like some included these dabs while others didn’t.

The hands of the B-type are blue steel roman sword style, nonetheless, except if seeing from a point or in extremely bright light, the blue color can be difficult to see, and the hands essentially seem black. The tips of the hands adjust impeccably with the hour or moment rings.  For the situation of the moment hand, the internal white portion of the hand lines up with the inward most tips of the moment hash markings.  I love this detail, as it not just makes the watch subtly more legible, it additionally adds to its apparent quality and worth. The second hand is white and stretches out right to the external edge of the dial, facilitating the feeling of broad space.

Superluminova C1 is found on the hands, spots of great importance ring, each second/minute hash and each 10th mathematical second/minute checking. From what I comprehend, this is with regards to the general intention of the dial plan, which was to cause you eye’s to notice the death of minutes and seconds, which is the thing that would have been generally fundamental for aircrew.

Case and Construction

The instance of the B-Type is a nearby match to the first plans, but seems a bit rounder and gentler in comparison.  This accommodates a more comfortable wear and more adaptable styling.  At 44 mm in distance across and a little more than 14 mm tall, the case is far more modest than that of its verifiable partners, which used pocket watch developments and were used as directing tools.

When buying the B-Type you can pick between an onion or diamond crown, and the unit I bought highlights the last mentioned. Highlighting a draw out plan, the crown of the B-Type is not difficult to change and wind.  I discovered this especially accommodating when not wearing the watch on consecutive days.

Since posting my underlying impressions of the B-Type, I have gotten a few questions about its water obstruction. It appears to be like the water opposition on all non-jumper Steinhart watches is “limited water safe, no swimming or shower” as recorded on the company site.  After doing some perusing on the watch gatherings and through personal use, I think it is protected to say that a watch with this restricted water obstruction is protected to get trapped in the downpour, worn while washing your hands, and any remaining day by day undertakings that expect you to get your hands a little wet.

For me, this limitation isn’t a major issue, and to the degree that it assists with driving the expense of Steinhart’s watches down a bit, I am satisfied with it. As far as I can tell with the B-Type and other Steinhart watches, I have discovered Steinhart’s build quality and attention to detail to be remarkable and am confident that an absence of water obstruction is definitely not an indication of poor craftsmanship.

Straps and Wearability

The Nav B-Uhr II B-Type comes with a brown calfskin tie with double studs, white sewing and marked hardened steel equipment to coordinate the watches case.  I discover this lash to be very comfortable, and dissimilar to some other studded ties I’ve worn, it has a lot of flexibility where the studs are located.  When I bought the Steinhart it really showed up with a hazier chocolate brown tie without studs.  Steinhart rushed to respond to my email about the mistake and immediately sent me the proper studded strap.  Both cowhide lashes are of an excellent and are the ideal tasteful companion to the military styling of the B-Type.

As it is summer here in New York, I have been principally been wearing the Steinhart on a nylon NATO tie as it accommodates a lighter, more comfortable wear. The green and brown NATO ties imagined are from Maratac.

The B-Type has immediately become my go-to day by day watch.  I locate its flexible styling and moderate size make it a simple pick for standard use.  I have discovered that it matches well with business formal clothing when worn with the calfskin band, and is comfortable with shorts and shirt when on a nylon NATO.


When it comes to precise revamps of the German pilot watches of the 1930’s and 40’s, you have a few options.  Laco and Stowa, both makers of the first watches, each have available today watches that are very much like the B-Type, but at almost 2x’s the price.  I couldn’t want anything more than to get my hands on one of each to do a one next to the other comparison.  How would they stack up?  Are you paying for the name, or do the Laco and Stowa models have more to offer.  These are questions that should be left unanswered for the time being.  For now in any case, what I cannot deny is that the Steinhart Nav B-Uhr II B-Type, with its ETA 2824-2 development, sapphire precious stone, remarkable plan implementation and superb build quality can be yours for under $400.  So if you’re a gatherer of pilot watches, or simply like the appearance of the observation style, investigate the Steinhart B-type, you can’t truly manage the cost of not to.