JS Watch co. Frisland 1941 Pilot watch

Iceland based mechanical watch brand JS Watch co. unveils the Frisland 1941 Pilot watch to honour the 70 year history of Reykjavik airport.

Reykjavik airport celebrated its 70th birthday in July 2011. There was a big air show and also the history of the airport on display. Honorary guests where six British Royal Air force pilots who were stationed in Iceland when the airport opened in 1941 during the Second World War. The current airport was built by the British army during World War II on the south coast of Reykjavík peninsula, then a small town. Construction began in October 1940, when the airport had only a grass surface. The Black Watch regiment built the first runway, constructing the piste over sunken oil barrels and In July 1941, the first runway opened. On July 6, 1946, the British handed the airport operation over to the Icelandic government and since then it has been operated by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority.

The first flight from the airport area was September 3, 1919, with the takeoff of an Avro 504, the first aeroplane in Iceland. Until 1937 there were experiments with airline operations in Vatnsmýri but with the foundation of Iceland’s oldest airline, Flugfélag Akureyrar (now Icelandair) in Akureyri in 1938, operations began in the area and in March 1940 scheduled flights started when Flugfélag Akureyrar moved its hub from Akureyri to Reykjavík (and changed its name to Flugfélag Íslands).

This Frisland 1941 model has been created as the honour of the 70 Year history of the Reykjavik airport.

Technical details

Movement
Swiss Made Mechanical movement “Execution Top”
Automatic winding. 25 jewels, Custom decorations, Blue screws and Rhodium plated finish
42-hour power reserve when fully wound
Fine tuning “Assortment Chronometer”
Shock protection Incabloc
Adjusted to five positions

Case
Material: Surgical grade German Stainless Steel “316L”
Diameter: 42mm, height 12mm
Surface finish: Highly polished
Curved Sapphire Crystal with multi anti reflective coating on the inside
See-through Sapphire Crystal back
Water-resistance 50 meters

Dial
Sunburst Black or Silver with Arabic numerals and indexes
White or green luminous material on numerals and hour markers
Date display at three o’clock
Hands: Rhodium plated with white or green luminous

Strap
Handmade 20mm Buffalo pilot, Genuine Alligator, Ostrich or Calf skin with JS Watch co. Reykjavik buckle or optional deployment clasp.

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