Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze

SKU: DK-027

Watch Brand: Dekla

Dekla North America

Limited edition of 33 pieces - 40 mm
• Watch diameter (mm): 40.0
• Watch height (mm): 10.9
• Lug width (mm): 20
• Lug to lug (mm): 47.1
• Weight - head only (grams): 54
• Water resistance: 100 meters
• Case back: Solid
• Case finish: Brushed
• Case metal: Bronze
• Dial color: Blue
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Seconds hand: 14K white gold
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Warranty service: RGM or Dekla

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Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze

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Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze
Product Details

Limited Edition of 33 Pieces

Welcome to the new Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze, featuring a CuSn8 bronze case and stunning blue dial.

The massive diamond crown is another distinctive feature of this watch, as is the engraved case back with the "FF" designation for Flieger Friday.

This watch is one of two new Flieger Friday models released by Dekla and is the Type B with a B-Uhr dial design.  The second model is the Type A which features Arabic numerals.

Please read below to learn more about this new watch, and if you'd like to be the proud owner of a very small limited edition we are accepting reservations now.

Classic Flieger

The Dekla Flieger Friday Type B Bronze combines historic design elements with modern in-house engineering in a CuSn8 bronze case.

Dekla is a German watch manufacture based in Stuttgart.  They specialize in the the building of watch cases, certain movement parts, watch dials, and the production of hands - all in-house.  Their engineering capabilities and hands-on approach allow them to produce watches with a remarkable attention to detail.  

While the design dates back more than 80 years, we believe Dekla has set a new standard for Made in Germany Flieger watches.

Flieger Friday Edition

This new watch features a stunning navy blue dial, made completely in-house by Dekla.  The color is a rich blue (Pantone 19-3832) with German B-Uhr design and BGW9 SuperLuminova.

Most German Flieger watches apply 6 to 7 layers of SuperLuminova, but Dekla has upped the game on this dial and applied 25 layers of SuperLuminova on both the numbers and markers to ensure outstanding visibility at night.

B-Uhr Dial Design

During World War II, a position of great importance within the German Luftwaffe was that of the Beobachter.  The Beobachter (spotter) was a pilot designated to perform reconnaissance flights and locate targets of significance using a map and a compass. 

To measure distance and to time bombing runs, the Beobachter also needed a legible and easy-to-use wristwatch.  Enter the Beobachtungsuhr, or B-Uhr - the observer's watch. 

The technical specifications for a B-Uhr watch were determined by the Reich Ministry of Aviation.  Its design was simple, but distinct.  It often emphasized minutes and seconds by putting those numerals around the outside of the dial with a smaller hour track in the center. 

14K Solid White Gold Hands

The hands on this new watch are also made completely in-house by Dekla.

Starting with solid 14K white gold, Dekla uses a hand brushed technique to finish each hand before applying the 25 layers of white BWG9 SuperLuminova on the interior.

Special Case Engraving

In keeping with historic pilot's watches, this watch has "FL 23883" engraved into the side of the case.  Early German pilot's watches featured the same engraving to certify its worthiness as an official pilot's instrument. 

"FL" (Fliegnummer) meant that it was affiliated with aviation equipment. "23" meant that it was a navigational device, while "883" confirmed that the watch was tested by the research institute (Deutsche Versuchsanstalt fur Luftfahrt). 

What's So Special About Bronze?

As bronze ages and patinas, the overall look of the watch changes with it.  For a watch like this, the bronze case allows the watch to quickly develop a vintage look that matches its historic design.

The watch case is crafted from CuSn8 bronze, with the exception of the case back which is stainless steel.  Each watch case will develop its own natural patina over time due to the gradual oxidation of the bronze, adding to the truly special nature of each piece.  

Important features of this watch include:
  • 14K solid white gold brushed hands
  • 25 layers of BGW9 SuperLuminova
  • CuSn8 bronze case with stainless steel case back
  • Rich navy blue dial
  • Slightly domed sapphire crystal with double AR coating
  • Massive bronze diamond crown
  • SW210-1 manual winding movement with fine adjustment
  • Water resistant to 100 meters

This watch is fitted with a blue leather Dekla strap with brass rivets.

How Can I Purchase This Watch?

This is a brand new limited edition from Dekla and we are accepting reservations now.

If you would like to be among the very first to own this new watch, please follow the link below to learn about the reservations process.  Watches will be delivered in the exact order in which we receive your reservation.

To make a reservation please click here.

WatchBuys is the official and authorized North American distributor and importer for Dekla German watches.

When you purchase your new Dekla watch from WatchBuys, you'll receive a brand new German engineered watch with outstanding value.

Made in Germany
Dekla German watches are an "insiders brand", known by those in the watch industry for manufacturing outstanding cases at their production facilities in Ulm, Germany, as well as dials and hands in Stuttgart, Germany.

Until now, the company has largely been known as a manufacturer of watch components for other (primarily German) watch companies, but now is concentrating on their in-house Dekla brand.

Welcome to Dekla German Watches.

In House

Dekla has an interesting background, and quality (or lack thereof) really put things in motion.

The company founders have been involved in watch manufacturing for many years, but when they first started to create and design their watches they purchased cases from a case manufacturer.

Things did not go well - when those cases arrived, the quality did not meet expectations and the company rejected all pieces.  And from that point forward their mission changed.

First, Dekla switched to in-house case production to meet their quality standards.  Next, dial and hand production moved in-house, and so continued a long path towards "German products made by us".

Watch Cases and Parts

We applaud both the attitude and initiative to take over in-house production, and over the years Dekla has continued to expand their manufacturing expertise.

Today Dekla operates a comprehensive machine tool fleet, including three milling machines used for:
  • Rough shaping
  • Manufacture of watch cases
  • Production of small watch parts
Dekla also operates a wire EDM (electro-erosion discharge machine), which is critical to the production of small watch parts.  Lathes and engraving machines complete the production process.

Finally, the company has developed hardened watch cases called 6Steel which use the Kolsterising® process to harden their 316L stainless steel to 1,300 Vickers, more than six times the hardness of a standard watch case.

These hardened 6Steel cases offer superior resistance to scratches, abrasions and nicks.

6Steel Hardened Steel

Watch Dials

Watch dial manufacturing in Germany can be considered a real art, as the process requires a meticulous attention to detail.  For this reason, few German watch companies manufacture their own dials but instead purchase those dials from others.

To make a great watch dial, you must first master the art of pad printing.  The principle of pad printing was invented in Switzerland and involves the application of an image using an elastic pad or roller, and this technology is used by all leading German watch manufacturers.

Dekla manufactures watch dials using pad printing with precision equipment designed for use in the watch industry.  Because this production is not outsourced, all watch dials meet the rigid requirements set by Dekla.

Watch Hands

Watch hands are another component of mechanical watches that are typically outsourced to other companies.

And unfortunately, many times the path of least expense is chosen - purchasing "stained" watch hands which are cheap to manufacture, do not hold up well over time, and are produced in mass quantities overseas.

Dekla has chosen a different approach that is consistent with their other in-house production methods - don't outsource the hands.

The company operates the necessary machinery to produce the punching dies to produce custom watch hands.  The manufacture of watch hands in Germany is a special process that involves a creative approach and the use of the highest quality raw materials.

Renowned German watch hand manufacturers, including Dekla, use the technology of thermal bluing during production.  In addition to the thermal bluing of watch hands, Dekla can produce watch hands from precious metals.

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