Steinhart Nav B-Uhr Review (A-type)
Steinhart Nav B-Uhr Review (A-type)
Steinhart is a german watch manufacturer founded in the 1990′s by Guenter Steinhart. With a degrees in Architecture and Mechanical Engineering, Guenter decided to turn his love of watches into a business with the intention of producing high quality Swiss watches at an affordable price point. While Steinhart does produce many different styles of watches, today we will only be looking at their Pilot line, and more specifically the Nav-B Uhr A-Type.
The Steinhart Nav B-Uhr takes it’s design queues directly from the historically accurate German Luftwaffe watches. Designed by the Reichs-Luftfahrtministerium and manufactured during WW2 by German companies such as A. Lange & Shone, IWC, Laco, Stowa & Wempe for the German Airforce, it’s hard to forget that these watches have a history that can be difficult to reconcile. B-Uhr or B-Urhen is an abbreviation for Beobachtungs-uhren, which translates literally to Observation Watch, hinting at the original purpose of the watches. The A-Type watches were issued to the pilots of multi-crew bombers as well as single and double cockpit aircraft. This watch employs a design as historically rich as any watch out there. Regardless of it’s origins, the aesthetics of the Nav-B Uhr have outlived it’s usefulness in the cockpit, and what we are left with is an interesting and attractive timepiece.
Where as the Nav B-Uhr B-Type is a direct interpretation of the original German watches, this version of the A-type has adopted a different dial configuration to accommodate the ETA 6497 movement with it’s sub-second dial at the 9 o’clock position.
The Nav B-Uhr A-type is available with a standard Stainless Steel case or solid bronze case with hand wound Swiss ETA 6497 movements.
The crystal is a domed sapphire with anti-reflective coating on the inside.
The cases are 44mm in diameter and both materials have a display case-back standard. This is wonderful since the ETA 6497 is such a beautiful movement. I like the bronze case in particular since unlike the stainless steel it will start to develop a patina over time as the bronze oxidizes and reacts with the oils and acids in your skin. Much like an old leather chair, this case should develop a unique patina that just gets better with age.
The Dial on the Nav B-Uhr A-type is a matte black with either highly polished silver hands for the SS model, or satin bronze hands for the Bronze model. Both options have a sub-second dial at the 9 o’clock position.
The lume on the Nav B-Uhr A-Type is excellent. The large indices and hands are painted with plenty of Superluminova C1.
The Nav B-Uhr A-Type uses a deeply grooved onion type crown. This design was originally made so that pilots could easily pull the crown and stop the sweeping seconds. These onion shaped crowns had to be large enough to pull and manipulate with gloved hands. Modern iterations of the Nav B-Uhr have scaled down the crown slightly, but thankfully Steinhart’s Nav B-Uhr offerings still has a crown that is big and beefy and a pleasure to pull an manipulate.
The Straps on the Steinhart Nav B-Uhr watches again vary depending on the model you choose. Both are thick leather pilot style straps. The stainless steel option comes with a riveted black leather strap while the Bronze option comes with a sewed brown leather strap.
Movement & Accuracy:
White the B-type comes with an automatic movement and sweeping center seconds, the A-Type uses an ETA 6497 movement whis is hand wound, meaning you will have to wind it periodically. I find that I actually enjoy the process of winding my watches, so this is a characteristic I look for in a pilot watch.
Steinhart makes amazing watches for the price. Any of their pilots are going to be an outstanding value, and the Nav B-Uhr watches are great examples of a classic Pilot watch with great craftsmanship.Options
The Nav B-Uhr A-type is available with a Stainless Steel case or a Bronze Case, and has two dial/hand options; silver or bronze. It is available with a 44mm case or a 47mm case, both utilizing the hand wound ETA 6497 movement.Price
I hope you found this Steinhart Nav B-Uhr Review (A-Type) helpful! Did I leave something out? Have something to add? Let me know in the comments.
- Sapphire Glass
- Amazing Value
- Display Case-back Standard
- Attractive & Durable Movement
- Bronze Case Option
- Good Lume
- Hands are not exciting
- Straps are so-so
- Can be hard to find