It's hard to believe that it has been almost 35 years since Basil Fawlty coined that famous phrase "Don't mention the war".....this week two pieces have come to our attention at the Watch Press which attribute their design inspiration to all things military - if you're a lover, not a fighter then please leave now! Firstly CX Swiss Military Watch™ release the Hurricane which marks the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the RAF's legendary Hurricane aircraft which fought against the Luftwaffe in the historical aeronautical face-off.
Using the Airforce 1 model as its base the CX Swiss Military Hurricane is powered by the COSC ETA Calibre 7750 with 48 hours power reserve. Constructed from DLC coated stainless steel the piece measures 47mm and has the busy dial and bezel synonymous with an authentic pilots watch. At the 9 o'clock position is a quirky propellar-shaped seconds hand. The CX Swiss Military Hurricane is available in four dial options - silver, black, arctic or the iconic resplendent red of the RAF, shown above and is a limited edition of 200 pieces.
........And now for something completely different..............The second air combat inspired piece comes from the lesser-known Bathys Hawaii Watch Co. - the formidably titled Bathys Hawaii Bomb Timer.
The Bathys Hawaii Watch Co. established in 2005 are known for creating robust dive watches and the Hawaii Bomb Timer marks a departure in design for the brand. Inspiration comes from the clocks found in the cockpits of the B17 and B29 bombers of World War II , these console-mounted dials were often removed when hostilites had ended and were taken home by air crew who would then attach a wriststrap thus making an unusual souvenir watch. The piece measures 52mm x 35mm is constructed from stainless steel and is water resistant to 100m. The Hawaii Bomb Timer is powered by a hand wound ETA 6948 Calibre with a power reserve of 48 hours and will be a limited edition of 200 pieces worldwide.