Whenever the Curtiss Wright Corporation, a renowned American aircraft manufacturer, was producing its own legendary fighter aircraft in the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling’s Huit Aviation Department was creating onboard clocks for some of the world’s top aircraft manufacturers. Its most famous plane was that the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, which was fabricated between 1938 and 1944.
These 3 brand new watches — the Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, the Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk, along with the Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk — pay tribute to a partnership between two aviation pioneers. Fittingly, they do it with features that recall one of Breitling’s early pilot watches, the iconic Reference 768, which comprised a rotating bezel and identifying triangular pointer that made it an instant hit with aviators.
The Aviator 8 watches signify the aviation heritage of two major brands but, with their contemporary retro flair, and they are sure to appeal to a new generation of watch enthusiasts.
Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
The Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk is distinguished with its own army green dial with a matte finish. The contrasting silver subdials — 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters and a tiny second subdial — indicate that the watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, the brand’s in-house mechanical motion, which delivers a power reserve of about 70 hours.
This COSC-certified chronometer includes a 43-millimeter stainless-steel case topped with a bidirectional rotating bezel comprising Arabic numerals and indexes as well as a practical red pointer. The Super- LumiNova® coating on the hour and minute hands and the Arabic numerals on the dial make it easy to read the time in almost any light. This chronograph is water-resistant around 100m and mounted on a green army strap.
The caseback includes a translucent sapphire crystal with a Curtiss inscription and a picture of an airborne P-40 Warhawk, whose design, with its shark’s mouth and colour scheme, is based upon 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.
Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
The Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk version features a military green dial with a matte finish and tone-on-tone subdials — 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters and a tiny second subdial. The black nickel-plated hour and minute hands, as well as the Arabic numerals on the dial, are all coated with Super-LumiNova®, so they’re legible even in the most challenging of lighting conditions.
This chronograph is powered by the Breitling Caliber 13, a mechanical motion famous for its stability and functionality, which delivers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. This COSC-certified chronometer, which is water-resistant around 100m, comes with a green military strap.
The watch caseback is engraved using a Curtiss inscription along with an image of a P-40 Warhawk using all the shark’s mouth paintwork that made a powerful visual effect when the plane was part of the Chinese Air Force’s Flying Tigers unit and flown by pilots of the American Volunteer Group.
The Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk comes with a military green dial with a matte finish, whose hour and second hands and Arabic numerals are coated with Super-LumiNova®. Its DLC-coated stainless-steel instance houses the Breitling watches Caliber 17 movement, which offers a power reserve of about 40 hours, and is topped by a bidirectional rotating bezel with a distinctive red pointer plus a central seconds hand with a red tip.