The RAF’s HURRICANE, the trustworthy “workhorse” of the British air force bore the brunt of the battle that lasted from July 10th 1940 to October 31st 1940. A solidly built single engine aircraft equipped with eight Browning 303 machine guns the HURRICANE proved a formidable foe despite being slower than the German Messerschmitt. Generally the RAF’s Spitfire would intercept the German fighters, leaving HURRICANES to concentrate on the bombers, but despite the undoubted abilities of the “thoroughbred” Spitfire, it was the HURRICANE that scored the highest number of RAF victories during this period. The HURRICANE – RAF’s forgotten fighter star of the Battle of Britain, the plane “never known to fail”.
On the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Britain, Swiss watch brand Charmex introduces a new pilot’s watch, the aptly named “HURRICANE” to commemorate the HURRICANE and the brave pilots who fought and fell with them.
Based on its AIRFORCE I model the HURRICANE by CX Swiss Military Watch™ is equipped with the chronometer certified ETA cal. 7750 COSC and sets a new standard in its class: the stainless steel case, highly scratch resistant due to the DLC (diamond-like) black coating houses a bezel designed as a fully functional circular slide rule and is anti-magnetic as per ISO 764. The bezel allows for all relevant aeronautical calculations. The anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects a rugged dial evoking the artificial horizon in a cockpit.
The small second hand is constructed in the shape of a propeller, relentlessly churning away against the tide of time. The nanotech Swiss Made® leather strap is a new development, nearly impermeable and thus exceptionally long-lasting. The solid stainless steel buckle – also in DLC – bears the CX Swiss Military Watch™ logo and is as indestructible as the watch itself.
The oversized pilot’s crown and the pushers are screw-down and the HURRICANE is water resistant to 200 meters. The red color of the pushers disappears once they are screwed-in and the watch thus fully water resistant. The HURRICANE is available in four dial colors – silver, black, RAF red and arctic blue – and is sold in a luxurious wooden gift box.
Model: CX Swiss Military Watch™ HURRICANE
Chronometer-certified automatic chronograph ETA cal. 7750 Valjoux COSC
Power reserve 48h
Etachron regulator system
Glucydur balance bridge
Antichoc with Incabloc shock-absorber
Hour; minute; small second propeller-shaped at 9h
Chronograph with 30 minute counter at 12h 12 hour counter at 6h, central second counter
Date at 3h
Solid stainless steel case, black DLC plated, Ø 47.0mm, thickness 17.0mm, weight 150gr total
Screw-down crown and pushers
Red safety marking on pushers (visible when unscrewed)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Bi-directional circular slide-rule bezel, Superluminova™ indices
Genuine Swiss Made® nano-tech leather strap with black DLC plated buckle
Screw-down caseback, Limited Edition engraving
Water-resistant to 200 meters
Anti-magnetic ISO 764
Silver, black, arctic blue or RAF red . Superluminova™ indices
Hands: Superluminova™ coating; All chronograph hands in red
Limited edition of 200 watches only
Recommended retail price : CHF 1’995.- excl. 7.6% VAT (Switzerland)