Tutima M2 Pioneer Video Review

Uncompromising functionality and absolute reliability are the basic principles of a professional timing instrument. The NATO chronograph by Tutima, developed in 1984 and the official service watch of the German army’s pilots to this day, has outstandingly proven itself in global use for decades. Now the M2 arrives to continue this classic timepiece’s success story. We have made several improvements that will not only profit professional users but also sporty, active amateurs.

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Good legibility, reliable functionality, high comfort level and water resistance, a large sweep minute counter, pressure-resistant for use to 15,000 meters above sea level, and shockproofed for blows, vibrations, and acceleration up to 7 g in all directions: these are the enormous prerequisites that the procurement office and forces alike put upon the Tutima NATO chronograph in 1984.

Our reedition, the M2, even surpasses these prerequisites. In the classic from 1984, Swiss caliber Lémania 5100 kept the time. Since this is no longer in production, we have integrated our own caliber Tutima 521 into the M2. It is protected by a pure titanium case pressure-proofed to 30 atm including a strong sapphire crystal coated with anti-reflective treatment on both sides and an additional casing of mu-metal. This nickel-iron alloy binds magnetic field streams so that they do not even reach the movement. The integrated push buttons are furnished with grooved neoprene inlays.

The hour counter has its own scale. The less often consulted display of running seconds and 24 hours modestly step out of the limelight. The time and chronograph hands as well as the hour markers are coated with luminous Super-LumiNova. This ensures good legibility, even under adverse lighting conditions. The Pioneer model variation additionally contains a nonslip rotating bezel with 14 luminous capsules so that set time intervals are easily recognizable even in full darkness.

This model comes on a titanium link bracelet with folding clasp. The box that the M2 titanium bracelet model is delivered in additionally contains a Kevlar weave strap as well as a tool set for changing the strap.

Tutima Basel 2013

With Tutima’s return to Glashutte, came a full line of new products.  As a matter of fact, the entire brand has completely changed, but its line up still kept to its traditional design elements.  With totally new movements and designs, Tutima had some of the most exciting introductions at Basel World 2013.

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

The closest in look to the previous line up (the Grand Classic) is the Tutima Grand Flieger Classic.  In the standard 3 hand auto variation, Tutima uses their new caliber 330. You will notice that all of the new Tutima movements are coated in an antique gray, giving a unique vintage look.  The case remained 43mm as in the Grand Classic, but some great modifications have been made internally. Continue reading

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

Founded in Glashütte in 1927 by Dr. Ernst Kurtz, Tutima is a brand strong in tradition and quality.  Deriving from the latin term “tutus”, which means safe or protected, Tutima lives up to the name in making durable and precise timepieces.  Today, we are featuring one of their most popular series, the DI300.  To be more specific, the Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

In 2005, Tutima partnered and became the official timekeeper at the Kieler Woche Regattas, which helped launch the Tutima DI 300.  Made to withstand all the rigors of the water sport, the DI 300 was a tremendous success and proved to be a high quality (and durable) timepiece.  Throughout the years we have seen different variations of this model, but one of the newest releases, is the PVD coated 629-51.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51 is a PVD coated pure titanium case the is 43.5mm wide and and sits 12.5mm high.  The case design is very nicely done, with a nice rounded feel to it, but still a unique enough shape to make it stand out.  The bezel is what really makes this piece “pop”.  It’s 60 min unidirectional bezel is mostly black with white numerals, but the 60 to 15 is a pure white, which to me gives the piece a different feel than other all black watches.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The dial is simple and very legible.  The luminescent stick indexes and hands contribute to it’s legibility on the contrasting black dial.  The chapter ring also has arabic numerals that sit right above the index, while you may think this would clutter up the dial, using them on the chapter ring keeps it clean and prevents the cluttered look.  Another great addition to the character of this piece, is it’s bright orange second hand.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51 is water resistant to 300m and has a screw down crown.  It also has sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside.  The cut to size rubber strap is also very nice and has a titanium deployment clasp with a security buckle and integrated divers extension.   The movement is an ETA 2836-2 with day/date feature, which Tutima assembles and decorates in Germany.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

The retail on the DI 300 Black is $1,850, which is very reasonable for the quality.  As always, if you have any questions regarding this or any Tutima, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

Tutima DI 300 Black 629-51

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