On June 6th, 1944, a C-47 aircraft lead the charge into Normandy, emblazoned with a message to Hitler. “That’s All, Brother” became an important part of American aviation history on D-Day, and now you can own a piece of it.
Tockr and The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) have teamed up to create a series of watches made with rescued material from a historic C-47 known as That’s All, Brother, that lead the D-Day invasion.
These limited-edition watches preserve vital history under each dial and contribute to CAF’s mission to fully restore the airplane to its original 1944 configuration.
As part of its efforts to preserve American military aviation history, the CAF acquired the historic C-47 That’s All, Brother and set out to restore it to a flight-ready condition. In the process, damaged portions of the aluminum exterior had to be removed and replaced. Rather than discard this material, the CAF approached Tockr, a Texas-based watch brand known for its aviation watches, including an existing C-47 watch collection. Together with CAF, Tockr engaged watch designer Emmanuel Gueit to design a new limited-edition watch that would incorporate the salvaged plane material as a focal point: the Tockr D-Day C-47.
Although each D-Day C-47 is assembled in Switzerland, the design produced for Tockr by Emmanuel Gueit is decidedly American. Made in batches of 100, each numbered piece contains a unique portion of That’s All Brother as the base for its dial, preserved under a sapphire crystal. The unique dials bear evidence of their history with distinctive weathering, each a fragment of a much larger story that the CAF has preserved in the restored C-47 aircraft.
The Tockr D-Day C-47 comes in three dial styles, each ranging from dark to light military hues of brown and green, but differentiated by varying degrees of original weathering, chipping, and scratches and distinctive markings. “Clean Cut,” offers the lightest degree of weathering, while “Stamped,” features medium weathering, with some original type in yellow, brown or blue hues. A third “Hard Worn” variation is heavily weathered, crackled, and chipped with large areas of exposed aluminum.
The watch’s 42mm cushion case contains a Swiss self-winding ETA-2824-A6 movement, which offers 40 hours of power reserve. Three hands observe the passing of time, above a piece of American history, protected beneath an anti-glare sapphire crystal. The D-Day C-47 watch comes complete with two straps, one made of drab canvas webbing and one made of leather, each featuring a ‘quick change’ spring bar.
The case measures 42mm and bears the ‘That’s All Brother’ Nose Art faithfully engraved on its case back as it appears painted on the original aircraft. The individually numbered watches come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the CAF guaranteeing use of genuine material from That’s All, Brother.
In 2019, CAF and That’s All, Brother will return to the skies over Normandy for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, retracing the path from the United States to England and on to Normandy.
The launch of the Tockr D-Day C-47 marks the passage of time and the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day while perpetuating the legacy of the brave veterans who accompanied That’s All, Brother on that fateful day for generations to come.
“…It is a great privilege to preserve and immortalize this iconic aircraft in our Tockr D-Day C-47 watch dials.”
Sophy Rindler, Tockr Co-Founder
The first run of the Tockr D-Day C-47 was pre-launched to CAF members online on October 1st.
The Tockr D-Day C-47 watches will launch for sale to the general public online on November 1 at www.tockr.com/dday and will retail for $1,990.