Many pilot’s watches, especially those of the Flieger variety, are designed with a specific purpose in mind: their wearers must be able to read the time in a split second. That’s why the dials feature large numerals, hands, and markers. This results in an iconic look that has many fans worldwide. On the other hand, because of its iconic status, it’s also difficult to come up with a Flieger watch that has a completely different look. Laco does try, though, with its colorful limited editions. Come take a look at the new Laco Augsburg and Aachen, both with a matte dark green dial.

This is the fourth time Laco has launched a more colorful limited-edition version of the Augsburg and the Aachen. Rob took a look at the taupe versions back in 2020, and there have also been polar-white and olive variations. These new dark green versions are supposed to make these watches look more versatile. Let’s see if that’s true.

Laco Augsburg and Aachen green dials

The Laco Augsburg and Aachen

If you’re not yet familiar with the Laco Augsburg and Aachen, let me quickly introduce them to you. Both models are available in 39mm and 42mm sizes. Their stainless steel cases are identical and have a very straightforward and functional design. The biggest difference between the two models is their dial layout. The Augsburg has a cleaner layout with a minute track along the edge of the dial and big numerals for the hours. The Aachen, on the other hand, emphasizes the minutes with bigger numerals and puts the hours on a smaller dial in the center. Also notice how the hour and minute hands have different shapes, accordingly.

The limited-edition Augsburg and Aachen I’m looking at today both only come in the 42mm size. This means the case is 11.7mm thick with a 50mm lug-to-lug span. Those are reasonable proportions, especially for a pilot’s watch. On these limited editions, the top side of the bezel has been polished. This contrasts with the brushed finish found on earlier versions. The point of this was to give the watches a bit more of a formal vibe. Laco calls it “urban chic” in its press release. Other than the bezel, the lugs and the case have been brushed.

Green flair

The special feature of these limited editions is the matte, dark green color on their dials. The press release states that it’s supposed to give some Mediterranean flair to the Augsburg and the Aachen. When I first saw these watches in person, that was not the first thing I thought about, but the dials do have a nice dark green tone. To me, it looks more like a deep forest green. It goes well with the functional character of both these watches. It’s not a color that’s too playful, and it doesn’t affect the excellent readability of the dials.

Two movements to choose from

When you decide to buy one of these limited editions, you can choose between two movements. The first is the Laco S2, which uses a Miyota 82S0 as a base. This automatic movement features 21 jewels, runs at a frequency of 21,600vph, and holds a power reserve of about 42 hours. For €55 more, you can opt for the Laco 31, which uses a Miyota 8315 as its base. This movement has the same jewel count and runs at the same beat rate. However, it offers a more extensive power reserve of 60 hours and features thermally blued screws. In either case, you can take a look at the movement through the exhibition case back.

Final thoughts

I usually wear smaller watches, especially when they’re time-only examples. However, the bigger size does suit these pilot’s watches. The Augsburg and Aachen also have good proportions, and I like the green tone Laco picked for this limited release. I can imagine these will be a hit with fans of this genre, so you might have to be quick to pick one up. The price of €440 might also help to decide quickly. For that price, I think you’re getting a well-constructed watch with a decent automatic movement inside.

Laco Augsburg and Aachen green dials on wrist

As mentioned, for €55 more, you can opt for the movement upgrade to get a more ample power reserve and blued screws, bringing the price to €495. You can also choose to get the crystal with an antireflective coating on both sides for an additional €50. The watches come on a gray leather strap with green stitching that matches the color on the dial. For more information, check out the official Laco website.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of the new Laco Augsburg and Aachen limited editions.

Watch specifications

Augsburg Grün 42 / Aachen Grün 42
862178 / 862179
Matte green with white Super-LumiNova numerals and minute markings
Case Material
Stainless steel
Case Dimensions
42mm (diameter) × 50mm (lug-to-lug) × 11.7mm (thickness)
Sapphire (optional inner/outer antireflective coating for €50 extra)
Case Back
Stainless steel and sapphire crystal
Laco 2S (Miyota 82S0): automatic with manual winding and hacking, 21,600vph, 42-hour power reserve, 21 jewels / Optional Laco 31 (Miyota 8315) for €55 extra: automatic with manual winding and hacking, 21,600vph frequency, 60-hour power reserve 21 jewels, thermally blued screws
Water Resistance
5 ATM (50 meters)
Gray leather (20mm width) with green stitching and pin buckle
Time only (hours, minutes, seconds)
Special Note(s)
Limited to 250 pieces of each model