G. Gerlach PZL P23 Karaś

With this new classic styled pilot chronograph, Poland based watch brand G. Gerlach pays tribute to PZL P23 Karaś, a classic light bomber plane made in early ’30s by Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze (State Aviation Works) in Warsaw. It was presented at Paris Air Show 1936 and gained attention. More than 50 P23 were exported to Bulgaria.

It became obsolete when WWII started. Still, the fact that Poland resurrected only in 1918 was able to create it and over 250pcs was produced in a relative short period of 1937-1939. During the Invasion of Poland (1939) it remained Poland’s primary light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. PZL P23 Karaś was the first airplane that bombed German Third Reich on 2nd September 1939. Remaining airplanes served whole WWII in Bulgaria and Romania, removed from service in 1946.

This timepiece comes dressed in a 43 mm stainless steel case in sand blasted finish and fitted with a coin edge bezel. Its houses a Seagull ST1902 hand wound movement for a classic feel. Made to withstand harsh, daily usage the watch has a water resistant up to 100 meters. The PZL P23 Karaś is delivered with a military styled, solid leather strap.

Technical details
Case size: 43x52x13 mm
Case made from surgical stainless steel 316L sandblasted
Waterproof: WR100
Movement: Seagull ST1902
Strap: genuine leather strap
Box: solid wood
Warranty: 24 months

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