Aviator, the Swiss watch brand that pays tribute to the spirit of aviation, has unveiled the Bristol Scout Limited Edition watch at this year’s BaselWorld, whilst also officially launching the brand into the UK. Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, Aviator evokes the excitement of flying with its superb watch design inspired by over five generations of aircraft technology.
The re-generated World War One wristwatch, which has been designed to pay homage to the infamous bravery of World War One aviators, is inspired by the pioneering British Bristol Scout 1264 aircraft’s heroic feats of aviation, as well as that of one of its most famous pilots, Flight Sub Lieutenant FDH Bremner.
On the centenary of the Bristol Scout Type C’s (serial number 1264) first landing on the island of Thasos in Northern Greece in World War One, Flt Sub Lt ‘Bunnie’ Bremner’s grandsons David and Rick Bremner have rebuilt and restored the original aircraft to full working order. The Bristol Scout Limited Edition watch was conceived to both honour Flight Sub Lieutenant FDH Bremner’s original feats of aviation and to celebrate the centenary of this beautifully rebuilt and restored fighter plane taking to the skies once again.
At the time of the Bristol Scout Type C’s original missions, wristwatches were an essential flight instrument, indicating navigation and fuel consumption through course and speed. The re-generated Bristol Scout Limited Edition World War One wristwatch therefore exemplifies excellent performance, durability and reliability. The essence of the model is to honour this elegant British aircraft and the first wristwatches worn by pilots in the early years of World War One.
The Bristol Scout Limited Edition’s design features attest to this, including a classic, large dial design for increased visibility and distinctive large pocket watch style case indicative of early wristwatches. Similarly, the model’s vintage brown strap is reminiscent of the Bristol Scout’s cockpit of padded brown leather, the watch collection also features an engraved back casing of the legendary aircraft that is the Bristol Scout Type C. The model is 100m water resistant and includes both stainless steel and anti-reflecting sapphire crystal casing.
Hours, minutes, second counter, date
Automatic, SELLITA SW 290-1
Case, dial and strap
Polished Stainless Steel case with or without PVD coating
45 mm diameter – 13 mm height – 130g
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Anti-reflective Sapphire crystal Glass
Black or white dial
V.18.104.22.168.4 BRISTOL SCOUT: Polished Stainless Steel case, Black dial, SuperLuminova indexes & Brown leather strap
V.22.214.171.124.4 BRISTOL SCOUT: Polished Stainless Steel case, White dial, SuperLuminova indexes & Brown leather strap
V.126.96.36.199.4 BRISTOL SCOUT: Polished Stainless Steel case with Black PVD Coating, Black dial, SuperLuminova indexes & Black leather strap
V.188.8.131.52.4BRISTOL SCOUT: Polished Stainless Steel with Bronze PVD Coating, Black dial, SuperLuminova indexes & Brown leather strap