Breitling has been busy. They have collaborated once again with Curtiss Wright to produce three new Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk watches.
Curtiss Wright is a renowned American aircraft manufacturer, and the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, its most famous plane. The P-40 Warhawks were manufactured between 1938 and 1944. Two chronographs – one featuring a Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 movement – have been introduced along with a stunning three-hand model.
“Curtiss Wright produced the P-40 Warhawk at the same time Breitling and its Huit Aviation Department were making onboard instruments for planes used by the RAF and other air forces. With this partnership and these great new watches, we are reaffirming the importance of Breitling’s aviation heritage to the brand.”
Georges Kern, CEO Breitling
The Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
This is distinguished by its military green dial with a matte finish. The contrasting silver subdials, 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters and a small second subdial, indicate that the watch is driven by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, the brand’s in-house mechanical movement, with a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
The chronograph is equipped with a bidirectional rotating bezel featuring Arabic numerals and indexes as well as a practical red pointer. The SuperLumiNova® coating on the hour and minute hands and the Arabic numerals on the dial make it easy to read the time in any light.
The COSC-certified chronometer has a 43-millimeter stainless-steel case presented on a green military strap. It is water-resistant up to 10 bar (100 meters/330 feet). The eye-catching case back has a transparent sapphire crystal printed with a Curtiss inscription and an image of an airborne P-40 Warhawk, whose design, with its shark’s mouth and color scheme, is based on the famous paint job associated with the plane when it was piloted by the American Volunteer Group in the Chinese Air Force’s famed Flying Tigers unit.
Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
At the heart of the Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk is the Breitling Caliber 13, the ETA 7750-powered 43mm chronometer-certified chronograph, a mechanical movement renowned for its stability and performance. It offers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.
The chronograph’s distinctive case back is engraved with a Curtiss inscription and an image of a P-40 Warhawk with the shark’s mouth paintwork that made a powerful visual impact when the plane was part of the Chinese Air Force’s famous Flying Tigers unit and flown by pilots of the American Volunteer Group.
This COSC-certified chronometer, which is water resistant up to 10 bar (100 meters/330 feet), is presented on a green military strap.
Breitling Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk
The Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk features a military green dial with a matte finish and is presented on a green military strap. Its hour and minute hands and its Arabic numerals are coated with Super-LumiNova® for optimal legibility in all lighting conditions. It also has a bidirectional rotating bezel with a distinctive red pointer and a central seconds hand with a red tip. Inside the DLC-coated stainless-steel case is a Breitling Caliber 17 movement, which offers a power reserve of approximately 40 hours.
Like all Breitling watches, the precision of this model is a COSC-certified chronometer. The watch features an engraved case back bearing the Curtiss inscription and an image of a P-40 Warhawk with the shark’s mouth paintwork. The Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk will appeal to anyone with an appreciation of aviation history and an enthusiasm for clean, understated dials.
These three new watches – the Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, the Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, and the Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk salute a partnership between aviation pioneers. Fittingly, they do it with features that recall one of Breitling’s early pilot’s watches, the iconic Reference 768, which featured a rotating bezel and distinctive triangular pointer that made it an instant hit with aviators.
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