There really is no doubt that Graham designs have ties into the history of aviation. Â Their recent pinup watches highlight that and their recently announced watches, theÂ Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Ltd, take that inspiration in a different – and somewhat literal – direction.
Now, at first glance, theÂ Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Ltd is very much a Graham watch. Â Youâ€™ve got the large chronograph trigger on the side of the case (thankfully away from the wrist in this case), and well. yeah. Thatâ€™s actually the most instantly recognizable aspect of these Chronofighter watches, with that trigger. Â Show me that, I know who weâ€™re talking about. Â Then, some closer inspection shows some of the other details that differ.
First off, have a look at the dials of theÂ Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Ltd. Â You see the day and date display over there at the 9 oâ€™clock position? Â While I wonâ€™t say Iâ€™m an expert on the Graham catalog, these are definitely not like anything Iâ€™ve seen on a watch Iâ€™ve spent time with from the brand. Â Looking around the dial shows you another detail – the rivets. Â Well, not actually rivets, but definitely a pattern that calls to mind the riveted skin of a vintage aircraft. Â Sure, thatâ€™s not quite true military spec, but hey, itâ€™s a clever way to throw some more aviation ties into the watch.
The dials of theÂ Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Ltd feature sunburst fades, with some rather sharp colors (Iâ€™m, of course, partial to the blue). Â To carry the colors through, youâ€™ve got textile (denim or canvas) straps that either pick up the color of the dial itself, or of the lume color used on the indices. Â While the colors themselves arenâ€™t overly bold, the combination of the tinted straps with the dial treatments does give things a bit of a wow factor.
There are four variations of theÂ Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Ltd being made available, in limited editions of 250 pieces each. Â Regardless of the color you find yourself liking, youâ€™ll want to bring $5,450Â to put down on the barrel to call one of them your own. Â For those waiting to make their minds up, we are working to get one in for a hands-on review, which will of course give us the chance to give you our take on the color, as well as how this latest case fits to the wrist. Â Keep an eye out! Â graham1695.com
- Brand & Model:Â Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aircraft Ltd
- Price: $5,450
- Who we think it might be for: You like your sheet metal bumpy
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Probably not, since chronos arenâ€™t my thing
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: The curious mind wonders what a non-chronograph version would look like
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: Frankly, the colors and the day/date integration
Tech Specs from Graham
- Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter)
- Day-date at 9 oâ€™clock
- Hours, minutes, seconds
- G1747, automatic chronograph28â€™800 A/h (4Hz)
- Incabloc shock absorber
- 25 jewels
- Power reserve: 48 hours
- 44 mm aged steel with grey PVD â€“ old metal aspect
- Aged steel with grey PVD fast-action start / stop trigger and reset pusher
- Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating
- Aged steel with grey PVD case back with RAF Halifax aircraft stamped (2CVAV.B17A)Other references with see-through sapphire case back
- Bezel: Â Aged steel with grey PVD330 feet / 100 m / 10 bar
- Water resistance: Â 330 feet / 100 m / 10 bar
- Black riveted with radial gradient and limited edition serial number
- Beige/ white Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes
- Green/white or rhodiated chrono hands
- Green / red and rhodiated counterâ€™s hand
- Aged green or beige cotton canvas / anthracite and blue denim
- Titanium pin buckle