Archive for October, 2011
So excited about the news from Bremont! In about three weeks time they will have available the Limited Edition P51 Timepieces. The packaging will be this noble green leather with merlot straps to recreate the colors that were inside the P-51 cockpit! And because this is an American plane they replaced their usual RAF crown design to the American star!!
Limited Edition ‘Bremont P-51’, a chronograph chronometer built with original parts from the famous 1944 Mustang WWII aircraft P-51K-10 (serial number 44-12016), a Pacific war veteran also known as ‘Fragile but Agile’. The Original aluminum metal from the aircraft fuselage is integrated into both the dial and the movement of the timepiece; with the dial itself inspired by the clocks found in the P-51 aircraft. The 43mm hardened steel Trip-Tick® case, using Bremont’s B-EBE2000 technology, integrates the new rotating ‘Roto-Click®’ inner bezel that houses four ball bearings inside the case. As with many of Bremont’s latest watch designs, the P-51 is assembled the company’s atelier in England rather than their workshop in Biel-Bienne in Switzerland, and houses a modified Swiss BE-54A automatic chronometer movement that also shows UTC time. The watch will be limited to only 251 pieces and will retail at $11,558.57.
A Brief History Of The P-51K-10 MustangThe P-51K-10 aircrafts were (serial number 44-12016) rolled off the North American Aviation assembly line in Dallas, Texas, on, December 18th 1944 and was then loaded on to a ship on January 15th 1945 for an assignment in the Far East. It was to take part in the American campaign to retake the Islands from the Japanese. On arrival in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, the Philippine aircraft was assigned to the 342nd Fighter Squadron of the 348th Fighter Group, which was stationed at the San Marcelino airbase, just north of Manila Bay.
Lt. Bert Lee Jr. was assigned to fly the aircraft and was credited with two confirmed victories during the war, which accounts for the two Japanese flags painted below his name on the plane. One was a Japanese A6M “Zero” fighter near Manila and the other a twin-engine “Betty” bomber. A lot of Lt. Lee’s missions in the P-51 were ground support in what was then Indochina.
Lee and his Mustang both survived the war. Following its time in the US Air Force, ‘Fragile but Agile’ then spent timeserving with both the Swedish and Israeli military before eventually being restored by pilot and collector Stephen Grey and The Fighter Collection based at Duxford in the UK. In 2009 another collector and good friend of Stephen’s, ‘Dan Friedkin’, based in Houston, Texas, acquired the Mustang.
The Bremont P-51 should be ready to be delivered within the next 3 weeks and out of 251 that are being made, we have less than 40 still available! Please pre-order to guarantee your collection upgrade.
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