2015 is the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, and subsequently Christopher Ward has unveiled what they believe to be the most significant new launch in the brand’s history – the C8 P7350 Chronometer – 75-piece Limited Edition.
Commemorating the extraordinary contribution of one of Britain’s most iconic symbols, the Supermarine Spitfire, this new limited edition model incorporates a piece of that history by way of a fragment of original Dualumin from the oldest, most original and historically significant airworthy Spitfire to have flown in the battle, P7350.
“P7” is the only Spitfire still flying that actually flew in the Battle of Britain and today is part of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). The metal was retrieved by Christopher Ward’s historic metal partner, TMBArtMetal, following essential restoration work on the plane in 2008 carried out by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team (BBMF).
The design of the 44mm C8 Chronometer is based on the Smith Mk II A clock that was used in P7’s cockpit, including a careful matching of the original index fonts and colours and the black, anti-reflective case. The SuperLuminova™ SLN C5 and T-C1 paints use green and blue emissions respectively.
The reverse of the watch reveals a piece of metal from the P7’s cockpit protected by highly scratch-resistant, museum-grade sapphire crystal. A silhouette of the plane’s plan has been precision-cut into the metal, showing the registration and unmistakable elliptical wing formation.
The Rolex replica watches for sale is powered by the C8 P7350, a small-second, hand-wound version of Christopher Ward’s in-house movement, Calibre SH21, launched in July 2014. As well as providing 120 hours of power via SH21’s twin barrels, each movement is a certified chronometer through COSC, further testifying to its quality and accuracy.
“As a personally held passion among the Christopher Ward team, we have had a long-established obsession to create an authentic, fitting and original commemorative Aviation watch linking to the Battle of Britain and to the Spitfire in particular. …We were delighted with the discovery that the P7350, a true veteran of the Battle of Britain, was made available during the BBMF’s 2008 restoration. It’s a rare privilege to find an opportunity to use history in this way.”
Mike France, co-founder of Christopher Ward
Christopher Ward has arranged with the BBMF for the 75 limited edition models and their fragments of P7350 to take to the skies as part of a Spitfire flypast on June 18. The flypast is the centrepiece of a Battle of Britain commemorative evening at Bentley Priory, home of the Battle of Britain Museum.
Christopher Ward has taken a table at the event and, from the pre-order list of customers for the new model, will be inviting two customers and their guest to attend and be presented with their numbered, limited edition replica Breitling watches uk.
The C8 P7350 is priced at US$4800/€4500. Pre-orders will be strictly limited to one per person.