Sometimes the smallest detail can standout amongst giants.
This is what happened to me when I first starting to really examine the MARC & SONS Pilot Watch MSF-006-2. The brushed 316 L case is definitely made to impress with it’s shear size of Case: 46 x 52 mm , Height: 14,8 mm, 22 mm lug space. In the white corner, weighing in at 112g, fighting out of Germany, is the MSF-006-2. Some people think that the big watch trend started a few years ago but take a look at the German pilot watch B-Uhr from the 1940’s and you will see that it was 47mm-56mm. Not small at all. Originally worn over flight jackets and the large case offered the pilot extreme legibility.
The 006-2 case size is impressive and has some noticeable presence. The large screw down crown also adds to the overall presence of this watch. You don’t often see a pilot watch with a screw down style crown. A detail on the 006-2 that is an added bonus. The crown is easy to grip and operate because of its size and gear style edges. The crown isn’t signed but there is a nice amount of detail as you can see in the pic below. The brushed finish on the case gives the 006-2 a menacing, no nonsense look. My favorite part of the finish is on the curved lugs, which is a good focal point to see the brushed finish.
Flipping the watch over bottom side up there you will find an exhibition case back. One of the first things that I immediately noticed on the movement was the skeletonized rotor of the Miyota 8217 movement. There are a few little details on the 8217 that splash some interesting things to look at which is nice to see. As with most case backs, on the 006-2 you will find some info about the watch encircling sapphire window.
The dial on the 006-2 absolutely pops out at you as you would expect from a white dial with black numerals/hands. This make dial legibility very optimal. Sometimes the smallest detal can standout amongst giants and that is what the sapphire crystal has done here. This is my favorite detail, not because of it being sapphire crystal but the fact that it is domed. A feature that I am not familiar with typically on a pilot watch, but I absolutely appreciate it here on the 006-2. This also allows for great legibility. The fixed bezel gives rise nicely to the domed crystal giving a completed/finish look.
At first glance I saw the subdial at 9 which I assumed was a small seconds dial, but after closer examination it is a 24hour indicator which is quite useful for those who travel and for pilots. Yes I get that we live in a technologically advance day that one wouldn’t have to rely on their watch, but those like myself who appreciate the simplicity of yesteryear, it is refreshing to see the past made present. The subdial adds depth and balance to this dial as at the 3 o’clock position you will find a date window nicely bordered in black. The 24hour indcator also features texture with engraved circles/rings and a black printed cross perfectly in the center.
The text on the dial is kept simple and balanced, Marc and Sons under the 12 o’clock position and automatic above the 6 o’clock position, both printed in black. Then ever so subtly is the MADE IN GERMANY underneath the 6 o’clock hour. The numerals are bold, easy to read and look crisp. Like I mentioned earlier the black just pops off the white dial. The signature of pilot watches there is a triangle with 2 dots on either side that can be found at the 12 o’clock position, which coincides with the rectangles at 3, 6 and 9. I like that the rectangles are included with the numerals and that the numerals weren’t removed thus keeping the dial balanced.
The 006-2 is comfortable on the wrist thanks to the shorter curved lugs and cushioned-style case. The brown leather strap is decent enough. Thick, soft and with off-white stitching. Nothing special but gets the job done. It has a nice brushed stainless steel in style buckle that is etched with Marc & Sons. I like that the pin is flat and the holes on the strap are rectangular. Adds a bit of different detail on the strap. The strap has 2 keepers on it. For roughly $326 it is a good value for what you get. The superluminova treated hands glow nicely when fully charged. I like that the center of the hands were kept dark instead of using white and it makes for great legibility once again on the 006-2.
The 006-2 is a good value and a nice “little” pilot watch. It has a nice throwback feel to the flieger watches of yesteryear yet gives off a nice modern touch as well. The crown and domed crystal make this a must have for those looking for a pilot/flieger watch on a budget. I would definitely recommend this watch to my friends as I know a few of them were waiting for this review. Rest assured that I believe you won’t be disappointed if you try this watch out. My only complaint about the watch is the second hand occasionally stutters. I don’t know if this is with every 006-2 or just an isolated occurrence.
Thanks to Marc & Sons and thank you all for reading!
Full Specifications for ease of reference:
Stainless Steel 316 L
Sapphire crystal, antireflective
Pressure tested up to 10 ATM
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Hour, minute, central second, date
Screw down crown
24 hour indicator
Dial & Hands
Luminous indexes with Superluminova
Luminous hands with Superluminova
Central second hand
Leather 22 mm
Pin buckle with engraved logo
Band length: 21 cm
46 x 52 mm
Diameter: 46 mm
Height: 14,8 mm
Width of bracelet 22 mm
Total weight: 112g
Brand Miyota (Citizen)
Caliber Number 8217
Movement Type Automatic
Vibrations Per Hour
Anti-Shock System Yes
Diameter 11 1/2”’ (26mm)
Lift Angle 49 degrees
Functions Hours, minutes, central seconds, date calendar, 24 hr subdial
Country of Manufacture Japan