Union Glashütte Belisar: Sports and Pilot's Watches
Union Glashütte's Belisar collection is comprehensive and contains pilot's watches, chronographs, and GMT watches. Highlights include the Belisar Chronograph Moon Phase and limited editions like the Belisar Sachsen Classic 2018.
4 Reasons to Buy a Belisar
- Models with a moon phase display or GMT function
- Exclusively mechanical movements
- Sporty Chronographs and pilot's watches
- Limited edition models, including the Belisar Sachsen Classic 2018
The Perfect Balance: Pilot's Watches and Chronographs
The Belisar collection is the sporty member of the Union Glashütte family. It includes pilot's watches with easy-to-use crowns, screw-down case sides, chronographs, and models with a second time zone. Mechanical ETA movements power these timepieces. Like Union, this ebauché movement manufacturer also belongs to the Swatch group. To be considered a proper Glashütte watch, at least 50% of a watch's value must come from Glashütte. Union Glashütte meets this standard by taking the ETA movements and constructing, refining, and inspecting them in-house. What's more, Union Glashütte builds their own rotor for automatic calibers. Sapphire glass case backs offer a view of the movements at work.
This collection's sporty nature is evident in its case sizes, which range from 41 to 45 mm in diameter. The size of the Arabic numerals corresponds to the case size. Pilot's watches feature large date windows that show three dates: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The non-pilot chronographs take their inspiration from motorsport and are available as modern timepieces with a carbon bezel or as retro watches. The end result is a balanced, uncluttered design.
Most watches have a stainless steel case, though there are some rarer, bicolor models with stainless steel and rose gold. Many Belisar watches feature hands coated in SuperLuminova to guarantee readability, even in the dark.
Detailed Price Information
|Model||Price (approx.)||Reference number|
|Belisar Chronograph Moon Phase||4,100 USD||D904.425.46.017.01|
|Belisar Chronograph Sachsen Classic 2018||2,800 USD||D009.427.16.267.10|
|Belisar Chronograph Sport||2,600 USD||D009.927.26.207.00|
|Belisar Pilot Chronograph||2,400 USD||D009.627.16.047.00|
|Belisar Chronograph||2,100 USD||D009.427.16.267.00|
|Belisar Pilot Power Reserve||1,900 USD||D002.624.16.087.00|
|Belisar Time Zone||1,600 USD||D009.429.11.057.02|
|Belisar Pilot Date||1,500 USD||D002.607.16.057.00|
|Belisar Power Reserve||1,500 USD||D002.424.11.031.00|
|Belisar Big Date||1,500 USD||D002.426.16.031.00|
How much do standard Belisar models cost?
Union Glashütte has had a reputation for creating high-quality watches at affordable prices since it was founded in 1893. Back then, Johannes Dürrstein wanted to make precision timekeeping available to a wider audience. The company has never strayed from this goal, which is why you can find both new and pre-owned Belisar watches for as little as 1,500 USD. This includes the Belisar Power Reserve. Its power reserve display is a semi-circle between 6 and 9 o'clock and stretches to the middle of the silver or black dial. A date display sits at 3 o'clock on this model.
Big Date watches also cost around 1,500 USD. The current date is displayed using two large discs. Most date displays only have one disc. The big date function has a fellow Glashütte-based manufacturer, A. Lange & Söhne, to thank for its popularity. Their most famous model, the Lange 1, was one of the first watches they released after their reestablishment and also features an outsize date.
Prices for the Belisar Pilot
The simplest versions of the Belisar Pilot come with a date display. There are also other models with additional functions, such as a power reserve display or chronograph. The relatively large crown and shape of the Arabic numerals mark these models as pilot's watches. A coating of SuperLuminova on the hands and hour markers means these watches can even be read in a dark cockpit.
The uncomplicated Belisar Pilot Date is available with a gray or black dial. Its date display window at 6 o'clock is wide enough to show three numbers. In mint condition, this timepiece costs about 1,500 USD.
The Belisar Pilot Power Reserve has the same date display, but it has shifted to 3 o'clock since the power reserve indicator occupies the space from 6 to 8 o'clock. Its impressive 45-mm case draws the eye to the wrist and makes telling the time a breeze. Set aside around 1,900 USD to purchase a Belisar Pilot Power Reserve.
A wide date display also appears on the Belisar Pilot Chronograph, though this time it shares the 9 o'clock position with a small seconds dial. The subdials for the 30-minute and 12-hour counters sit at 3 and 6 o'clock, respectively. A blue dial and red stop seconds hand give the Belisar Pilot Chronograph its fresh look. Prices for this edition come in at 2,400 USD.
With a Second Time Zone
If you often find yourself traveling between time zones, you may want to take a look at the Belisar Time Zone. A fourth hand and central red 24-hour ring make its GMT function possible. The ivory or black dial features a date display at 6 o'clock. Plan to spend around 1,600 USD on this 41-mm stainless steel watch. There's also the Belisar GMT with a 24-hour scale on an outer ring and a black or silver dial. This model costs the same as the Time Zone.
From Elegant to Sporty
The non-pilot chronographs appeal to a wide variety of tastes, ranging from retro to elegant, to modern and sporty. The Belisar Chronograph Moon Phase is the top model. A subdial at 6 o'clock houses the moon phase indicator, while the subdial at 9 o'clock does double duty as a 12-hour counter and 24-hour display. The day and month display and 30-minute counter sit at 12 o'clock. A tempered blue second hand measures the elapsed seconds, and the date is displayed via an additional hand and a ring around the outer edge of the dial.
A stainless steel Belisar Chronograph Moon Phase demands prices of around 2,600 USD. The edition with a gold bezel costs about 4,100 USD. Both models feature a white dial.
If you're on the market for something with a sportier touch, look no further than the Belisar Chronograph Sport. A 44-mm case, carbon bezel, and black rubber case sides lend this model its particularly masculine appearance. This timepiece is worn on a brown strap with light stitching. You can purchase this chronograph for around 2,600 USD.
A Special Model for Classic Car Fans
As the official partner of the Sachsen Classic car rally, Union Glashütte regularly releases special editions in its honor. The Belisar Chronograph Sachsen Classic 2018 has a similar design to that of the standard Belisar Chronograph. Both are 44 mm in diameter and have a tachymeter scale, date display, and three subdials for the small seconds and hour and minute counters. However, the Belisar Chronograph Sachsen Classic 2018 also features a red telemeter scale for calculating distances. Its Arabic numerals are the same light blue color as those of the tachymeter scale. This combination of colors atop an ivory dial give this Sachsen Classic model a certain retro charm that fits perfectly with the nostalgia elicited by classic cars. A mint-condition Belisar Chronograph sells for around 2,100 USD. Limited to a run of 300, prices for the Belisar Chronograph Sachsen Classic 2018 sit around 2,800 USD.