During my visit to the Tutima corner at Baselworld 2019 , I organized a visit through the brand’s assembling offices in Glashütte for later in the year to see the in-house creation direct alongside the whole Grand Flieger collection.
And in December 2019 Tutima welcomed me to its cutting edge produce simply a stone’s toss from the Nomos fabricate, the Glashütte Original factory, and A. Lange & Söhne’s verifiable headquarters.
Brief history of Tutima
Following World War I, a serious monetary emergency grasped the Glashütte district. In 1927, a youthful lawyer by the name of Dr. Ernst Kurtz was enrolled by a Saxon bank to deal with the emergency in Glashütte.
Kurtz set up two companies, Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG (UROFA) and Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG (UFAG). UROFA-UFAG created ebauches and pocket watches from the outset, and wristwatches later, which up to that point had been an extraordinariness in Glashütte, to all the more likely compete with the Swiss watch industry’s takeover of the prospering wristwatch market.
In 1939/1940, under the administration of Kurtz, the primary German two-pusher flyback chronograph was made (Caliber 59), presently known as the first Tutima Glashütte pilot’s chronograph. This chronograph arose under the UROFA-UFAG brand name “Tutima,” which gets from the Latin word tutus (“safe,” “protected”).
After the war finished, Kurtz kept on delivering watches in the Bavarian town Memmelsdorf with the assistance of previous representatives from Glashütte in the wake of escaping what had become the Russian zone (that turned out to be East Germany).
In 1951 Kurtz moved creation to Ganderkesee, high in Germany’s north, and by 1960 Dieter Delecate had proceeded to compose the following part of Tutima’s story, one of reconstructing and reconfiguring. Battling one of the following dull cycles in horological history – reasonable quartz from the east – he at last settled Tutima Uhrenfabrik GmbH and created chronographs for military establishments, carrying on the company’s long tradition.
In 2011, Tutima commended having moved piece of its activities back to its unique home – Glashütte – and starting an energizing new section in high horology with the absolute first minute repeater made on German soil .
For a more complete narrative, see Elizabeth Doerr’s 90 Years Of Tutima: An Abbreviated, Complete History .
Impressions of Tutima
My first perception after visiting is that while Tutima has an amazing current factory settled between enormous watch companies, it is a lot of a family-run operation.
Tutima is 100% family possessed and worked. It is likewise obvious that this isn’t a similar watch brand of the 1980s, 1990s, and mid 2000s.
During that period, Tutima was inseparable from sub-$3,000 military-styled instrument chronographs. Presently it additionally produces in-house developments in valuable metal cases. In any case, there is acceptable support behind the greater cost focuses related with creating in-house developments and raising the degree of watchmaking.
For a company to utilize the “Made in Glashütte” predicate , it should make 50% of the estimation of the watch in Glashütte. Tutima has done well with the utilization of in-house developments, coming to undeniably more than the predefined 50%, particularly in its Patria line .
The Patria Admiral Blue , evaluated at $5,900, displays hand-completing like a more costly watch by different companies in Glashütte. I foresee that current valuing may not be feasible over the long haul and costs are likely increase.
While Tutima has one leg in the domain of fine watchmaking, the other leg is immovably positioned in its lower to mid-evaluated Flieger assortment, comprising German pilot-style watches made in a second, more modest workshop in Glashütte.
Tutima was liable for the incredible UROFA 59 flyback development and NATO’s Lémania-based instrument chronographs of the 1990s.
Therefore, the Tutima M2 arrangement incorporates a few varieties enlivened by these semi incredible NATO watches, while the Grand Flieger line incorporates more customary pilot-style watches motivated by the 1940s military-issue watches.
Tutima M2 lines
So what is diverse in the M2 arrangement of yesterday and today?
It comes down to development, size, highlights, and cost. The general appearance is a remarkable same, be that as it may, they have been supersized.
The present day M2 arrangement begins at 43 mm and goes up to 46 mm. The 43 mm in titanium with no bezel is not difficult to pull off on a 6.5-inch wrist.
The Lémania 5100, which Tutima started utilizing in these models in 1984, is a development that aided set these watches apart from others of their kind, anyway it is not, at this point underway after Lémania was incorporated into the Swatch gathering (the previous Lémania factory is currently Breguet’s production). So now Tutima utilizes intensely adjusted Valjoux 7750 developments for the M2 chronographs, which Tutima calls Caliber 521, and ETA developments for the three-hand Flieger models.
The huge titanium case has a silver brushed shading utilizing a cycle that Tutima calls pearl-impacted titanium. What was beforehand a conventional delicate iron inward confine for security against attractive fields has been supplanted by a covering of mu-metal, a nickel-iron compound, a decent, current solution.
The level, coordinated pushers on current M2 models are fundamentally the same as the first and establish one of my #1 highlights of this watch.
Due to higher assembling costs, the costs have multiplied compared to the past M2 arrangement. To fill the hole at the lower end, Tutima has added section level M2 Seven Seas and Coastline arrangement; a three-hand M2 Coastline is evaluated under $2,000.
Tutima Grand Fliegers
The Grand Flieger arrangement, which started life in 1994 as a generation of the first pilot’s chronograph of 1940, takes its most clear plan signals from these early watches with its church building hands and coin-edge turning bezel with red reference mark.
However, the Grand Flieger presently has a lot bigger 43 mm case. It is as yet furnished with a changed Valjoux 7750 programmed development, screw-down crown, and a domed sapphire gem with against intelligent treatment on both sides.
The Grand Flieger Airport arrangement is a more present day understanding accessible in contemporary shading combinations with a smooth pivoting earthenware bezel offering 10-minute divisions and the imperative red reference mark at 12 o’clock.
Finally, we come to the passage level Grand Flieger Classic Automatic arrangement with bright earthy colored, dark, dim, olive, and – my top choice – green dials. All watches in the Grand Flieger arrangement are water-impervious to 20 atm, have a screw-in crown, and rotor designed with gold Tutima seal.
Tutima has gained enormous ground in the brief time frame since getting back to Glashütte, growing past mid-evaluated pilot’s watches with exquisite customarily styled watches including in-house movements.
In my one-sided assessment, Tutima’s prosperity will be characterized both by fine watchmaking and the re-presentation of its creative flyback chronograph Caliber 659 (a re-specialist of the old UROFA 59 development) in another pilot’s watch: the Tempostopp.
As I left Glashütte and drove back to Dresden, anticipating encountering the energy of the city’s conventional Christmas market prior to returning home, I mirrored that while time appears to pass gradually in Glashütte, it never stops or it slipped is’ mind. Furthermore, Tutima represents this well.
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Quick Facts Tutima Patria Admiral Blue
Case: 43 x 9.7 mm, tempered steel
Development: physically twisted production Caliber 617 with screw balance, 3 Hz/21,600 vph recurrence, power save 65 hours, Glashütte three-quarter plate
Capacities: hours, minutes, little seconds
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