As the RAF celebrates its centenary today with a 100 aircraft flypast over Buckingham Palace, the largest RAF flypast ever attempted taking months of practice, we take a look at watches inspired by the RAF's finest hour, the Battle of Britain in 1940.


Set six years after British brand W.T. Author's fourth collection, Nº 1940, commemorates the Battle of Britain - the military campaign of the Second World War. It was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF from July to September 1940. Germany's ultimate failure was one of the turning points of World War Two and prevented Germany from invading Britain. It marked the first defeat in ******'s military campaign. He decided instead to invade Russia with disastrous consequences.

The brand's signature silhouette references aircraft gauges of the era. Each watch is beautifully finished with a 22 mm handmade leather strap.

Using matt surfaces, the black pilots watch measures 45 mm across, 50 mm high including the lugs with an overall case depth of 12.5 mm. The dials feature indices taking influence directly from 1940's aircraft panels and are enhanced with Author's distinctive hour markers.

How much?

From £350 to£650


  • Fifth edition Nº 1940 aviation watches
  • Limited to only 100 bespoke 45 mm stainless steel pieces
  • Citizen 9015 automatic movement
  • Signature red crown with embossed W. T. Author trademark
  • Luminous dial details
  • Custom "casino-chip" numbered enamel screw down caseback
  • Handmade taupe Italian leather strap fitted with stainless steel buckle
  • Sapphire coated mineral lens with a 2-year limited product warranty
  • Limited edition signed A5 yellow screen print and Chapter 5 of 13 photography book
  • Free worldwide shipping
  • Built in Britain with British or imported parts

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