I have always loved watches. There is something about wearing a piece of perfectly designed, micro mechanical engineering that has always been immensely satisfying to me. I catch myself looking at my watches more to admire their brilliance than to actually determine the time. Whether its high end or an indestructible sports watch, each have merit in their own right. While I am also a huge technology fan who spends much of his free time browsing the latest electronic gadgets, the idea that a phone or a smart watch could ever replace a hundred (or more) minuscule, mechanically engineered parts - turning, meshing, spinning and working in perfect unison - misses the point entirely. I could not even begin entertain such an argument, and I argue for a living. When I found out Steven was starting a Austin, Texas, based watch company named Dufrane, I reached out to him. Part of collecting anything is identifying new, distinct, exemplary pieces, and, of course, learning their history. Although I hate to admit it, Steven is much more an avid watch collector than I could ever hope to be. His love of travel and watch collecting eventually brought him into the belly of Swiss watch making beast. After years of exploration, working with the manufacturers of the ideal Swiss movement, designing a casing that is modern, sophisticated and still beholden to the style of the pieces that inspired him, and working with Austin's finest watch band leather smiths, Steven finally introduced the Dufrane line of watches. They became available weeks before my wedding, and before I could pick one up myself, my amazing wife purchased the Bergstrom, a pilot watch named after the same WW2 Officer that Austin's airport is named after, for me as a wedding gift. I love this watch, particularly, the sapphire case back so I can see the movement, the matte steel finish and the blue suede strap. And because they were only made in limited production, every time I wear it, I feel like one of a kind.
Limited Edition, Pilot Style Watch
The Bergstrom is a modern take on the classic design of the early pilot’s watch. It’s custom built using a manual winding Swiss ETA 6498-1 Movement, giving it powerful accuracy and lasting durability. The 46-hour power reserve and illuminating watch details make it an ideal fit for a day in the office, followed by a night on the town. Incabloc shock protection keeps it safe from drops and other physical impact. Meanwhile, water resistance up to 50 meters means you can take this watch anywhere you need to go.
Named in honor of celebrated WW2 officer, Captain Bergstrom, this men's aviator watch embodies a sense of adventure. We designed this watch to represent hard working, daring and charismatic individuals, like Captain Bergstrom. With only 300 pieces ever made, this limited edition men’s watch is the perfect gift for any gentlemen bold enough for adventure.
You can choose from 6 exclusive styles to make this clean and exemplary mechanical watch your own. All variations of the Bergstrom pilot watch come with three watch accessories. You'll receive a custom Chromexcel® leather strap, a blue suede strap, and a custom Noah Marion leather watch wallet.
Choose a matte steel or matte bronze case finish to match your personal style. Personalize your Bergstrom even more by selecting between the standard dial or a special horizon dial. The horizon dial is designed after the classic attitude indicator found in aircrafts like those of Captain Bergstrom's era. It's top half is a horizon blue and the register features an orange sweeping seconds hand.
Each of these classic mechanical men’s watches are individually engraved with an exhibition sapphire case back. The domed sapphire crystal with dual anti-reflective coating and illuminating numerals and watch hands give the Bergstrom unmatched readability in any environment, day or night. Can you hear adventure calling? Only time will tell if you're ready to answer.
Free and fast shipping on all domestic orders. Your watch will arrive safely in just a couple of days with our insured shipping ($35 value). Inspired by and custom designed in Austin, TX. With proper care, your Bergstrom will last a lifetime. Get your custom Bergstrom pilot watch today, before they’re gone.
- Bergstrom Pilot watch
- Custom Chromexcel® leather strap ($100 value)
- Blue suede strap
- Custom Noah Marion leather watch wallet ($60 value)
- Warranty Card
- Polishing cloth
- 2 Screw bar tools
- Width (no crown) 41.5 mm
- Width (with crown) 44.5 mm
- Thickness 11 mm
- Height 51 mm
- Inside lug (strap) width 22 mm
- 316L stainless steel case
- Domed sapphire crystal with dual anti-reflective coating
- C3 Superluminova numerals and hands for high visibility at night
- Push-pull crown with rubber sealed tube
- Durable allen key screw bars
- 50 meters water resistance
- Swiss ETA 6498-1 Movement
- 17 Jewels
- 18k vibrations/hour 2.5 Hz
- Incabloc shock protection
- 46 hour power reserve