Named after the illustrious British clockmaker, Graham was founded by Eric Loth in 1995. The cornerstone of the brand’s collections, the bold Chronofighter is immediately recognisable with its imposing dimensions and combined crown and push-piece. This unique feature was inspired by 1930s and 1940s ‘bomb timers’ that allowed pilots to operate these chronographs intuitively and precisely even with gloved hands (to keep their hands from freezing during the flight). Among the multiple iterations of the model, the Chronofighter Vintage stands out with a case scaled down to 44mm, making it less radical, a bit more restrained and wearable than its predecessors. Its start/stop trigger, the onion crown and the mushroom reset pusher were redesigned to reconnect the watch with more traditional pilot attributes.
Presented on the 20th anniversary of the model, the Chronofighter Vintage Aviator was released in two limited edition variants dressed in matte black DLC-steel – one full black version with red accents (and a red-tinted sapphire back), the other with a fully-luminescent dial.
As expected, the shape and dimensions (44mm) are identical to the previous editions of the Chronofighter Vintage. The main attraction of the model is its contrasted look with a matte black DLC steel case and its fully luminous dial that features several elements inspired by altimeters. In particular, the distinctive triple-date display at 9 o’clock or the striped pattern of the small seconds register (reminiscent of the low altitude warning stripes found on a cockpit altimeter). During the day, the dial is milky white, but since it’s entirely coated in X1 Super-LumiNova, it reveals a different nature when shifting into ‘night mode’. X1 Super-LumiNova shows a performance increase of up to 60% after two hours compared to the standard grade, therefore massively ramping up the night-time legibility!
Powering the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aviator DLC is the automatic G1747 calibre. As can be seen via the exhibition sapphire caseback, this self-winding chronograph with day-date indication is based on the Valjoux 7750 architecture. This tried-and-tested cam-operated automatic chronograph ticks at 4Hz with 48 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The decoration is classic, with perlage, Geneva stripes and a customised rotor.
The Graham Chronofighter Vintage Aviator DLC is worn on a hand-sewn black calf leather strap with a steel pin buckle. A limited edition of 100 pieces, it retails for CHF 6,450.
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