Christopher Ward is commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Britain with the creation of a limited edition chronometer that contains a fragment of a Supermarine Spitfire that flew in the campaign.
Only 75 pieces of the C8 P7350 Chronometer are being sold to mark the 75th anniversary. P7350 refers to the registration of the oldest, most original and historically significant airworthy Spitfire to have flown in the battle.
A piece of Dualumin aluminium was recovered from the plane during a recent restoration and is incorporated into the design of each watch.
“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, said Mike France, co-founder of Christopher Ward.
“Working with our partner TMBMArtMetal is always something of an adventure and we were delighted with the discovery that the P7350, a true veteran of the Battle of Britain, was made available during the 2008 restoration. It’s a rare privilege to find an opportunity to use history in this way,” he added.
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 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 elliptical wing.
The watches use a small-second, hand-wound version of Christopher Ward’s in-house movement, Calibre SH21.
Pre-orders are being taken now priced at £3495.