The Supermarine Spitfire was, arguably, the most iconic military plane of the 20th Century and even today the unmistakable growl of its Rolls-Royce Merlin engine flying overhead evokes an emotional response in men and women of all ages.
Unsurprisingly, therefore, when Christopher Ward wanted to create a series of timepieces celebrating Britain’s unparalleled aviation history they turned to the Spitfire for inspiration. In the plane’s cockpit they discovered the Smith’s Mark II A clock which became the inspiration for the C8’s dial language.
The incredible Farnborough Wind Tunnels, have also been interpreted on the C8 Flyer Automatic’s back-plate. These breath-taking examples of industrial art/science that honed the aerodynamics of many British aircraft, including the Spitfire and Concorde, have their magnificent mahogany blades and perforated steel surrounds perfectly represented using the signature Christopher Ward three-dimensional deep-etched stamping process.
One of watchmaking’s most reliable automatic movements is encased by a precision engineered, marine-grade stainless-steel case, with an oversized crown designed to make adjustment easier for the aviator’s glove-bound hands.
Add in the beautifully crafted vintage leather strap incorporating a hand-sewn whip stitch or, if you intend wearing the C8 over a flying jacket, our fine leather NATO strap, and it is clear you will be wearing a watch of rare distinction and uncompromising quality.
Self-winding mechanical movement
38 Hour power reserve
Central hacking seconds
44mm hand finished, marine grade stainless steel case
Screw-in back plate with Farnborough wind tunnel design
Aviators diamond crown with CW logo
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Specially developed, bespoke Vintage Radium SuperLuminova hands and indices
Whip stitch vintage leather strap with CW motif buckle
Beautiful presentation case, owner’s handbook and microfibre cleaning cloth
Calibre: Sellita SW200-1 (or ETA 2824-2) – stock dependent
Water Resistance: 5 ATM
Vibrations: 28800 per hour
Timing tolerance: +20/-20 seconds per day
Price – £550.00