Here at worn&wound, we feel the German brand Tutima doesn’t consistently stand out enough to be noticed it merits, particularly since it was one of the pioneers in chronograph innovation 75 years prior. To a great extent known for their aeronautics enlivened watches, the watch brand is presently experiencing an insurgency with its arrangement of watches. Four new lines were reported at BASELWORLD the previous spring, and will be accessible this winter.
But where did Tutima come from? What is the legacy of these fine timepieces?
The companies that eventually became Tutima were established in the Saxony city of Glashütte in 1927 by a youthful scholarly law specialist, Ernst Kurtz. UROFA (Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG) and UFAG (Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG) were the first companies established to revive the bombed Glashütte watch industry, which had imploded under the heap of the monetary emergency that followed WW I.
Tutima was initially the moniker of the greatest grade watches made by UROFA-UFAG. The name was taken from the Latin descriptive word “tutus”, which implies “safe” or “protected”. UROFA-UFAG started by delivering great pocket observes yet the youthful endeavor immediately changed to creating and delivering wristwatches. By the 1930s they were creating watches which could compete with their Swiss counterparts.
The two-pusher pilot’s chronograph was created in 1939-1940. This unbelievable chronograph, which contained the UROFA Caliber 59 , was first created in 1941 and provided to the German government for the equilibrium of the war. This was the principal German chronograph to have a flyback work. Before the finish of WW II, Tutima had delivered about 30,000 Flieger Chronographs. After the war, pilots accumulated them, knowing there would be no more a result of the huge scope annihilation of Glashütte and its watch industry by Russian soldiers. These early Fliegers are exceptionally valued by authorities today.
What was left of the Glashütte watch industry was nationalized when the German Democratic Republic (what we knew as East Germany) appeared in 1949. The previous free watch companies of Glashütte were combined into a “state combine,” situated in significant part around what survived from the plants of UROFA and UFAG. In fact, there are Russian forms of the Flieger Chronograph, first made with components staying from Wartime creation, and later with new components delivered to the first specifications.
At the finish of WW II, Kurtz moved to Memmelsdorf, north of Nuremberg in the Upper Franconian area of Bavaria in West Germany, where he and the individuals who accompanied him from Glashütte kept assembling watches. By 1949, while the East German government was solidifying what survived from the watch business back in Glashütte, UROFA/UFAG was creating their Caliber Kurtz 25, an interesting development which featured a Breguet hairspring and gems set in chatons, alongside “Super Shock Resist” stun protection.
In 1951 Kurtz moved the creation to Ganderkesee, close to Bremen in Lower Saxony (northern West Germany). By 1956, they had started to deliver the affordable Kurtz 570. In that very year, Werner Pohlan, Kurtz’s dear companion and previous partner from their days in Glashütte, assumed control over the running of the ébauche fabricate, by then known as NUROFA (Norddeutsche Uhren-Rohweke-Fabrik). Kurtz had recently established the company Tutima Uhren to disseminate the watches, which conveyed the brand name Glashütter Tradition at this point.
In 1959, Kurtz got back to run the ébauche plant, renaming it UROFA, the first name of his production line in Glashütte. Be that as it may, before long, the ébauche business fizzled and the manufacturing plant was closed.
Dieter Delecate, another previous partner of Kurtz’s, hence dominated, starting with appropriation. He followed that with the establishing of Tutima Uhrenfabrik GmbH, which has since developed into a worldwide gathering of companies. Under Delecate’s heading, Tutima endure the quartz emergency by making instrument watches utilizing Swiss developments, a training that served Tutima well up to the current day. (Indeed, after Tutima came to North America in 1997, a lot of their promoting writing requested that invested individuals demand extra data on “Tutima Instrument Watches.”)
In 1983 Tutima won an agreement with the German Air Force and started work on the NATO, broadly utilizing the Lemania 5100 as the base type. The NATO was dispatched two years after the fact and framed the premise of Tutima’s Military line. The Military chronograph has been accessible in different arrangements during the mediating years: with and without turning bezel, different inward bezel markings, with gold bezel and focus wristband joins, and in a special “Commando” structure which featured just one sub-dial, the 12-hour aggregator. This watch was at first offered to the public just in non-pivoting bezel structure. Known as the Commando II, it opened up with the pivoting bezel (and a fascinating orange dial choice) momentarily in the mid to late 2000s.
During this time, Tutima produced the Classic line. These were watches roused by the first Tutima Flieger Chronograph from the WW II period. The Classic line had a few chronographs just as three hand pilot watches, all with instituted turning bezels. The new Grand Flieger line presented at BASELWORLD the previous spring proceeds in this tradition.
Tutima additionally made the FX line of watches, likewise roused by flight, however in an exquisite, refreshed current style. This line additionally featured a few chronographs, just as the three gave FX Valeo, which bore a force hold complication.
After German reunification in the mid 1990s, Delecate returned to Glashütte to examine moving the company back. Tutima at long last inked an arrangement in 2005 to buy a structure there and started moving tasks. After six years, on May 11, 2011, Tutima started full assembling activities back in Glashütte, the town of their birth.
Coincident with the move back to Glashütte, Tutima introduced the restricted version Hommage (20 in rose gold, 5 in platinum), the principal minute repeater at any point to be completely evolved in Glashütte. Also, at BASELWORLD 2013, they showed a completely patched up setup of watches, remembering a few chronographs with another for house development, the Caliber 321. The 321 is practically like the admired yet since quite a while ago suspended Lemania 5100, thus proceeds with Tutima’s chronograph custom of a broad chrono minutes hand.
In each of the, four lines of watches will be delivered this January. The Saxon One is another arrangement with contemporary lines. The Grand Flieger proceeds with the custom of the classic Flieger Chronograph. The M2 is the follow-on to the long running NATO Military Chronograph (despite the fact that it will presently don’t be provided to NATO pilots). The rose gold cased Patria conveys the physically wound Caliber 617, a subordinate of the Caliber 800 development found in the Hommage, and done in the Glashütte tradition.
Going forward, Tutima’s setup has a firmly unexpected look in comparison to it has for as long as quite a few years. 68 years after the first finished, their second Glashütte section is one of renewal.
by Ed Estlow