With recast aluminium disc manufactured from the original Rolls-Royce Merlin engine casing of Hurricane P3708 recovered from Foulness Island, Essex.
Zero West are proud to release a new pilot watch to commemorate the ‘Hardest Day’ in the Battle of Britain: the H1 Blackout Hurricane P3708 edition. Taking design queues from the MkI Hurricane slip turn indicator dial, this watch is an iconic addition to our aviation collection.
H1 watch conveys the simplicity of the classic avionic dials found in the Hurricane cockpit. Housed in a precision billet machined black PVD case and ZW DSL lugs is a distinct black dial with Iconic L&R markings, period indexes, clearly defined avionics style hands and a striking red sweep hand. The classic dial is framed by a simple matt black bezel ring and the hands and dial are coated with SuperLuminova X1 pigment. The dial also references the date of Sergeant Pilot Alexander Girdwood’s dogfight above the Essex coastline on 18th August 1940,The Hardest Day, and the lat-long coordinates of Foulness Island where Hurricane P3708 was recovered. The back of the watch showcases a disc of the original metal recast and machined from the original Rolls-Royce Merlin engine of P3708. This precious casting is protected by a reverse printed sapphire crystal that records the plane and Churchill’s famous words.
The watch is powered by a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement, thus ensuring it never misses a beat. The brass finished locking crown is a replica of the joystick gun-platform fire button, a feature once so familiar to those brave young RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain. A new custom Zero West aerospace grade fluroelastomer rubber strap with bead blasted buckle completes the ensemble.
Latitude and Longitude references Foulness Island, where P3708 was discovered
Date code references Girdwood’s dogfight above the Essex coastline
Dial design based on a slip turn indicator
Crown modelled on the joystick gun platform fire button
Merlin engine smelt from Hurricane P3708
44mm diameter, black PVD, 316L stainless steel billet, with eight machined flutes
Match machined, black PVD, 316L stainless steel DSL lugs
Black PVD back displaying a disc recast from the Merlin engine of Hurricane P3708
Brass finished finished screw crown, modelled on the joystick gun platform fire button. 316L stainless steel with triple seal technology
Front: custom double domed sapphire glass with blue AR coating on the internal surface
Rear: flat sapphire glass with
reverse printed graphic
Self-winding ball bearing rotor
Power reserve ~38 hours
Water resistance: 10ATM (100m) 100% tested
Black enamel over brass substrate with multi printed indexes highlighted in SuperLuminova X1 luminous pigment
White avionic style hands coated in SuperLuminova X1 luminous pigment. Aeronautical red sweep hand with oversized black centre disc
22mm lug width
49.6mm lug to lug pin spacing
22/20mm Zero West custom military and aerospace grade
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