AVI-8: HAWKER TYPHOON RB396 SHEILA CHRONOGRAPH LIMITED EDITION
An often forgotten legend, the Hawker Typhoon was a powerful, potent ground attack aircraft that redressed the balance in mainland Europe during WWII. To support the Typhoon’s legacy, AVI-8 is honoured to release a limited edition timepiece in partnership with the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group (HTPG).
Each timepiece sold will support the work of the HTPG as they restore Hawker Typhoon RB396, the only surviving combat veteran example of the type known to exist. The aircraft will symbolise the heritage, educate the public and become a permanent memorial to all the crews, of all nationalities, that made the ultimate sacrifice operating the Typhoon.
Measuring 42mm, the stainless steel case with knurled details on the pushers and crown has been expertly crafted for style and durability. A hardened mineral lens with anti-reflective coating provides a perfect view into the dial.
Featuring bold oversized Arabic and baton indexes with Swiss lume, the dial is distinctly legible. Subdials with instrument-style frames are drawn straight from the cockpit of RB396.
Utilising a Japanese chronograph quartz movement, this timekeeping instrument is armed with both reliability and precision.
Attaching the watch to the wrist is a comfortable, premium genuine leather strap with cross-stitched details inspired by the pilot’s seat in RB396.
The case back features the name “Sheila”, drawn from the nose art on RB396. The name was inscribed by RB396 pilot Frank Johnson to honour his wife Sheila.
This timepiece created in partnership with the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group comes in a custom canvas wrapped gift box. Each individually numbered timepiece is part of a limited edition of 800 pieces.
To honour the heritage of this iconic aircraft, each colourway is named after a pilot who had flown RB396 over the years.
Every limited edition timepiece purchased will receive a Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group Bronze Package valued at £25.
Each subscription helps the project with the funds required for the rebuild effort and by joining you become part of something truly unique and important to aviation history.
Written by The New Collections
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