Two years of development were necessary to achieve our goal: provide watch enthusiasts with an iconic model of the brand, the civil Type 20. Everything was thought out to remain faithful to the original DNA of this watch, including a diameter inferior to 40mm (39.5mm to be precise), a challenge that required months of development on the case in order to house an automatic movement instead of the original manual winding Lemania.
Drafting the new Auricoste Flymaster Type 20.
This watch was born from an intention to make a prototype produced in the 60’s available again to the broad public. As a vintage watches expert and designer, Fabrice Gueroux wanted to resume the adventure from this prototype of the 60s whose production had stopped, literally finish this story by bringing it up to date, from a design and technology point of view, and especially by making it available again.
The vintage Auricoste Type 20 is almost unavailable today. If you’re lucky enough to find one, besides the very high rating, you’re lucky. In my opinion, it’s a real shame to only be able to appreciate really interesting models.. in books and websites. And Auricoste is really an interesting brand. It’s a Swiss made watch sure but it’s above all a French watch with a French history.
Fabrice Gueroux and Auricoste’s President Claude Tordjmann working on the technical aspects of the movement.
The case has been worked on to the micron, literally, allowing a 39.5mm diameter. The original case back has been replaced by a beveled screwed back in order to reduce the thickness of the watch, the bezel has been made in DLC steel, which gives the case more finesse, and a deliberately rounded polishing has been done by hand on each of the pieces to keep a homogeneous vintage look.
3D rendering of the case before production.
A must have for all historical and pilot watches aficionados. This is for sure a future collector and a watch worth an investment, such has its 1960 ancestor, now reaching 5 numbers price on the bid for the best shape ones.
Don’t miss this 300 pieces production watch.