Graham's Chronofighter, a model that pays homage to the watches worn by the pilots of RAF Bomber Command, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
This large, masculine model distinguished by its oversized chronograph trigger that starts and stops the time-measuring instrument, recalls the bygone era when stopwatches used by pilots were, in fact, just large pocket watches strapped over bomber jackets. Extremely reliable and precise, these timing instruments were operated by men fully clad in heavy leather jackets and big gloves. Since the gloves inhibited free movement of fingers, the dependable chronograph trigger system had to be developed in order to help them use their watches with ease. A thumb operated oversized trigger shown as the best ergonomic solution to the problem.
In 2016, Graham London celebrates the 15th anniversary of its most successful Chronofighter model by adding four new models to the existing range, plus four limited edition watches. All of the Chronofighter watches are keeping up with the vintage spirit of the iconic series. Their signature chronograph trigger remains in its traditional position, on the left side of the stainless steel case, while the case-back back with Chronofighter 15th Anniversary logo provides a glance at the G1747 automatic chronograph movement.
The 44 mm-wide case is water resistant to 100 meters, and its domed sapphire crystal is finished with anti-reflective coating. The animating mechanism, a modified caliber Valjoux 7750, is equipped with an Incabloc shock absorber, which protects the critical alignment of its components in the event of physical shock. It provides around 48 hours of power reserve.
The chronograph function of the watch consists of two off-centered counters, one for the seconds and one for 30-minute periods. The passing of the time is recorded on the main dial, which also reveals a double-window date indicator at 9 o’clock. The most distinctive feature of the dial is its snailed minutes counter representing the USA 1942-43 Military Aircraft Insignia, which appears on the limited edition models. There are four basic versions of this model to choose from, and four anniversary editions limited to 15 pieces worldwide:
Black grained dial with black snailed seconds counters. Hand-sewn black leather strap with beige stitches.
Black grained dial, black snailed seconds counters. Hand sewn camel leather strap with black stitches.
Black grained dial, black snailed seconds counters. Hand-sewn black leather strap with beige stitches.
Black grained dial, black snailed seconds counters. Hand-sewn camel leather strap with black stitches.
Blue Sunray-decorated dial with grey accents. Hand-sewn blue leather strap with beige stitches.
Black grained dial with yellow/brown accents. Hand-sewn brown leather strap with beige stitches.
Black grained dial with grey accents. Hand-sewn black leather strap with beige stitches.
Black grained dial, black snailed minutes and seconds counters. Hand-sewn camel leather strap with black stitches.
The price for non-limited versions of Graham Chronofighter Vintage 15th Anniversary Edition watches is US$4,950. For more information, please visit www.graham1695.com.
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