With this new limited edition timepiece, Christopher Ward pays tribute to Alan C Deere (‘Al’ Deere), the legendary RAF fighter pilot of WW2 era. This 100-piece limited edition watch named the C8 ‘Al Deere’ TM-B is powered by a hand wound small-seconds version of Calibre SH21, Christopher Ward’s in-house 120-hour power reserve chronometer.
Through Christopher Ward’s partnership with TM-B Art Metal, the C8 ‘Al Deere’ TM-B Limited Edition incorporates metal originating from the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine fitted to the crashed Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 X4276.
Additionally, the notable ‘stick to me like glue’ quote (Referring to a mid air collision happened to Al Deere when he was a flying instructor) has been immortalised on the new timepiece’s caseback, where it is laser-engraved and laquer-filled alongside; the Spitfire’s identification code and squadron letters Mk 1 X4276 KL-B, full recognition of Alan Christopher ‘Al’ Deere of 54 Squadron, and the auspicious crash date of 28.12.1940.
The C8 ‘Al Deere’ TM-B Limited Edition is encased within Christopher Ward’s aviation C8 case, with the 44mm diameter and enlarged crown of the C8 case incorporating a black DLC coating with sandblasted texture, with bevels to the lugs and bezel. The serrated crown ensures easy adjustments can be made through thick gloves during flight and is stamped with the standard turbine motif of the C8 collection.
Inspired by the Spitfire’s Smiths Mk III clock and dashboard instrument panel, the extra matte black dial of the new timepiece has alternating light old radium and old radium numerals in a vintage-look, sans-serif font.
The small seconds subdial in light old radium is highlighted with the characteristic Spitfire clock ‘Time of Trip’, which allowed pilots of the WW2 fighter planes to measure and record flight duration, something that was vital for aeronautical navigation.
The new watch is powered by a hand wound small-seconds version of Calibre SH21, Christopher Ward’s own 120-hour power reserve chronometer.
With a highly decorated, twin-flag pattern engraved bridge (here hidden beneath the metal disc from X2476 embedded in the case back), the movement’s powerful twin barrel construction delivers consistent power for supremely accurate timekeeping across its 5-day power reserve.
The C8 ‘Al Deere’ TM-B Limited Edition will be available to pre-order from 27th March 2018 at Christopher ward website. The watch is limited to 100-pieces and will be available on a quality vintage oak leather strap, priced at £2,995.
Model: C8 ‘Al Deere’ TM-B Limited Edition
Special limited edition of 100 pieces
Calibre SH21 handwound chronometer (COSC)
27 jewel hand wound movement with a disc of Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 X4276 KL-B precious metal with Al Deere’s “Stick to me like glue” quote engraving embedded below museum-grade sapphire into exhibition backplate
Vibrations: 4Hz/28,800 per hour
Timing tolerance: +6/ -4 seconds per day
120-hour power reserve
Original Spitfire instrument panel inspired dial with old radium SuperLumiNova® markings
Spitfire cockpit instrument-themed small second subdial at 6 o’clock
Surgical-grade DLC sandblasted stainless steel case with sandblasted stamped crown
Lug to Lug: 53.20mm
Museum grade anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 ATM/ 50 metres
Unique engraved individual serial number
Premium quality vintage oak leather strap with CW twin flag logo debossed in on reverse with black DLC sandblasted clasp.
Deluxe presentation case and owner’s handbook with signed Certificate of Provenance