Breitling is introducing 3 new pilot watches to honour renowned American aircraft manufacturer Curtiss Wright and its most famous plane the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. The three Aviator 8 watches reflect the proud aviation heritage of the two brands and Breitling believes their modern retro flair will appeal to a new generation of watch enthusiasts.
The first watch, the Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, is distinguished by its military green dial and matte finish. Contrasting silver subdials indicate that the watch is driven by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which has a power reserve up to 70 hours. A rotating bezel features Arabic numerals, indexes and a practical red pointer, all lit by SuperLumiNova.
This COSC-certified chronometer has a 43-millimeter stainless-steel case presented on a green military strap. It is water-resistant up to 100 meters/330 feet. The eye-catching caseback has a transparent sapphire crystal printed with a Curtiss inscription and an image of an airborne P-40 Warhawk.
Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
The second watch, the Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk borrows many traits from the Aviator 8 B01, including a military green dial, Arabic numerals, Super-LumiNova, water resistance and a green military strap. Although, at the heart of this watch is the Breitling Caliber 13, a mechanical movement renowned for its stability and performance. It offers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Plus, the caseback is also engraved with a Curtiss inscription and an image of a P-40 Warhawk.
The final watch is the Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk with military green dial on a green military strap. 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. The watch features an engraved caseback bearing the Curtiss inscription and a dramatic image of a P-40 Warhawk.
Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk
This P-40 Warhawk with its shark’s mouth and distinct colour scheme, is based on the characteristic 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.
When the Curtiss Wright Corporation was producing its legendary fighter aircraft in the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling’s Huit Aviation Department was creating onboard clocks for some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers.
“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,” said Georges Kern, Breitling CEO. “With this partnership and these great new watches, we are reaffirming the importance of Breitling’s aviation heritage to the brand.”
Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk