Introduced in December 2018, the RJM Collection offers mechanical timepieces that incorporate salvaged aluminum from PT879 – the only Mark IX Spitfire aircraft ever to return to the UK after being shipped to Russia as part of lend-lease during WW2.
RJM is the world’s first mechanical timepiece that combines authentic salvaged Spitfire aircraft material with both the design of the aircraft itself and the watches worn by the pilots of the WW2 era.
The iconic Supermarine Spitfire aircrafts have been widely celebrated for its crucial role during the Battle of Britain. Still, a handful of the approximately 20,300 Spitfire aircrafts ever built, were never intended to defend the British shores. PT879 was among the approximately 1118 Mark IX Spitfire aircrafts delivered in Murmansk in 1944 as part of the Allied Forces Lend-Lease aid policy to support the Russian war effort. The PT879 crashed on the Russian tundra in a dogfight in 1945.
A lot of Spitfire aircrafts went down over the Russian Tundra and none have come back. More than a half century later, in 1998, the battered aircraft was recovered in Murmansk as a complete but crashed aircraft – having spent 53 years in barn as she was recovered off the Tundra by an unnamed farmer in 1945. Currently, PT879 is undergoing a full restoration by Peter Teichman. An accomplished pilot, Peter has made it his life’s work to restore classic warbirds to their former glory and is uncompromising in restoring the PT879 to the same standards as when she left the factory at Castle Bromwich on the 4th of August 1944.
An impressive number of the PT879’s original parts are to be used in the restoration of the airframe, and more than 500 parts were used in the now renovated fuselage. Even so, there remained considerable aluminum parts of the salvaged PT879 wings which were not suitable for restoration. These parts, authentic pieces of world history featuring original marks and dents, are directly incorporated into the design of the RJM Collection, ensuring that every single RJM timepiece becomes visually unique.
In addition, in honor of this one-of-a-kind aircraft, the brand will be donating part of the proceeds of every sold RJM timepiece towards the restoration of the PT879 in order to make it airworthy.
Presently, the RJM Collection offers three models. These timepieces feature 40 mm diameter stainless steel case. The top glass of the watch is sapphire crystal with AR coating and the case back glass is mineral crystal.
Among the three variants available, RJM-01 features a Black sandwich dial with white luminous details. The RJM-02 has a brown textured concentric circle dial with vintage luminous details. The third model RJM-03 comes with a military green dial with vintage luminous details.
The RJM watch models incorporate some unique design features inspired by the PT879 MK IX Spitfire aircraft.
The case shape of the RJM watch is inspired by the watches worn by the British Royal Airforce and the British Army during WWII – with a modern twist and proportions.
The four “holes” on the crown tip marks the number of blades on the MK IX Spitfire aircraft Rotol propeller.
The crown guard is heavily inspired by the spitfire elliptical wing shape & wing structure. The crown tip is inspired by the nose cone of the Spitfire fighter mixed with a traditional diamond shaped crown.
The watch features a unique date window incorporating a recycled piece of untreated aluminum cut directly from the PT879 MK IX Spitfire aircraft. The application of powerful lume on hands and hour markers provides better night time visibility.
Each RJM watch houses a Miyota 9015 mechanical self-winding movement that provides a power reserve of more than 40 hours. Fitted with a spitfire metal rivet inspired oscillating weight, this mechanical engine can be admired through the transparent case-back of the watch.
The RJM-01 & RJM-02 watch models come with double-layered black calf leather strap featuring matte stainless steel buckle and quick-release system. The first model has a black color strap whereas the second model sports a tan color strap. The RJM-03 model comes fitted with a military green canvas strap with matte stainless steel PVD-coated buckle and quick-release system.
Suggested retail price is $1,295 USD.
- RJM-01: Black sandwich dial with white luminous details and double-layered black calf leather strap with matte stainless steel buckle and quick-release system
- RJM-02: Brown textured concentric circle dial with vintage luminous details and double-layered tan calf leather strap with matte stainless steel buckle and quick-release system
- RJM-03: Military green dial with vintage luminous details, Military green canvas strap with matte stainless steel PVD-coated buckle and quick-release system
316L stainless steel case
Diameter: 40 mm
Opening diameter: 33 MM
Height: 10.9 MM
Top glass: sapphire crystal with AR coating
Mineral crystal caseback glass
Water resistance: 3 ATM, 30 meters
Recycled spitfire aircraft dial
Miyota Cal. 9015 with rotor decoration
Type: mechanical, self-winding
Frequency: 28,800 VPH
Power reserve: 40+ HOURS
Double-layered calf leather strap with matte stainless steel buckle and quick-release system
Canvas strap with matte stainless steel PVD-coated buckle and quick-release system
Bracelet width: 20 MM
2 years full warranty