The Bergstrom

The Bergstrom is a classic, aviation-styled watch with direct ties to tradition and innovation. This hand winding mechanical watch mimics the style of an early “pilot’s watch” with its separate register at the 6:00 position to display seconds. Bold with a timeless sophistication, the Bergstrom’s design is inspired by the early 1900’s obsession with pocket watches and the ingenuity of pilots who invented the wrist watch style we know today.

This strong and durable watch is a timeless piece that will last you a lifetime. Named for Captain Bergstrom, the Bergstrom watch embodies a sense of adventure, and responsibility for anyone bold enough for history to remember.

Choose from three exclusive styles: the Bergstrom, the Bergstrom Premium, and the Bergstrom Cinq. Each style is individually engraved with exhibition sapphire case back. With a 46 hour reserve, Incabloc shock protection, and Swiss ETA 6498 movement, this watch is perfect for any work environment or outing. All of our Bergstrom pilot style watches come with a polishing cloth, 2 screw bar tools, and the DuFrane Watch warranty.

Add extra character to your Bergstrom with an optional Horizon Dial, fashioned after the artificial horizon instrument used in all aircrafts. As a special, limited edition watch, the Bergstrom is custom built, with only 300 pieces ever made.

The Pilot Style Watch

Back before the advent of modern flight technology in the early 1900’s, pilots had to manually navigate and track their flight time. Yet, it was nearly impossible for them to navigate and track time on their pocket watches at the same time. To resolve this, pilots started strapping their pocket watches to their wrists. This new style, known as a wristwatch, is today’s most popular watch style. We celebrate this historical significance with the Bergstrom’s watch design.

Not only does the Bergstrom celebrate the innovation of those clever pilots, but it also honors the local Austin hero, Captain John August Earl Bergstrom. Stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines during WWII, he was tragically killed during the 1941 bombings. As the first Austinite to die during the war, the U.S. military renamed the Austin military field to Bergstrom Air Force Base in honor of his service. Today, the military field has long been decommissioned and is now known as the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

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