Regulateur’s have an undeniable appeal; three hands divided over three (sub)dials bring a certain kind of magic to a watch. Not only in terms of looks, but also in how surprisingly convenient it is to check the time. D.M. 1936 takes that appeal to new heights with their manual wind Air Force Regulateur!
D.M. stands for Deutsche Master, a brand founded in 2013 and offering vintage inspired watches that resemble the instruments that can be found in military planes, tanks, submarines and boats. The Regulateur is part of their Air Force collection which becomes clear by the highly legible dial of the watch. They offer different colored versions of this watch, from a very modern looking blue dialed version with silver sub-dials, to a vintage looking black dial Regulateur with tan numerals and hands.
The Regulateur is not a small watch, with a diameter of 47mm. Large, but on par with the world it is referring too; brave men flying WWII fighter planes. Image this D.M. 1936 Air Force Regulateur strapped over the sleeve of the leather flying jackets and it fits just in.
What is especially enjoyable about this Regulateur is that the theme is done so consistently all over the watch. The crystal is made from hardened mineral glass for that vintage look, the crown is kept comfortably small, yet still easy to operate thanks to its design that resembles the famous B-uhr Flieger Uhr. The polished bezel has jagged edges making it very easy to turn.
The watch is powered by a Chinese made, manual wind movement. That movement is based on the famed Unitas 6495, a very robust and reliable movement. For the Regulateur they only moved the hour hand to its own sub-dial. With a price of US$445,- you get a lot of watch for a relatively modest price.
For more information check out the website of D.M. 1936