Hailing from the German Saxony region originally, Tutima has a long and storied past when it comes to building aviation watches. These instruments were a specialty of the brand back in the mid 20th century, not long after the company’s founding in 1927. From a young age, the brand focused on creating chronographs that were highly sought after by pilots and military experts. Today, with its new workshops firmly located back in the Saxony region (following the reunification of Germany), Tutima continues to build Flieger chronographs and aviation instruments that rival the best watch brands in the world. Contributing to their success is great input from aviation experts. In fact, exactly 14 years ago in 2006, Tutima founded the Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety together with aviation aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker.
The Tutima Academy is a leading global school for precision flight training in California, and Tutima relies on input from the experienced pilots there when it comes to their specialty aviation watches. Both watchmaking and aviation share the common quests for perfection, precision and excellence. In these realms, there is no room for error because even the smallest mis-step can have huge consequences. It was these principles that brought Tutima together with Sean D. Tucker, one of the world’s most experienced aerobatic pilots. Together they formed the Academy, chili is nicely situational in King City, CA, on the Pacific coast. The area offers some of the best weather in the United States for flying and pilots come from around the world for the expert training they receive in the Academy’s own “aerobatics box” — airspace reserved for its own training flights.
The Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety includes a comprehensive spectrum of training programs that range from aviation safety training to aeronautical perfection and breathtaking aerobatic maneuvers found at top international competition levels.
Pilots also have access to Tutima instruments, especially the brand’s M2 collection. These watches are all made in Germany according to the strictest attention to every detail. Just as there can be no error in flight maneuvers, there can be no errors in precision timekeeping of these mechanical watches.
The M2 line, billed by the brand as “watches for men who feel at home where the air gets thinner,” is all about offering function, legibility and perfect timing. The design of the watch is inspired by the NATO Chronograph developed by Tutima in 1984 that was (and is) the official service watch of the German army’s pilots. The M2 line includes the Chronograph and the Pioneer Chronograph, both equipped with mechanical movements. The watches also feature soft-iron inner cases to protect against magnetism and offer bi-directional rotating bezels with inserted luminescent capsules for easy readability in the dark. With sandblasted solid titanium cases, these watches are the ultimate instrument.