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CANFORD: Observer's special edition
CANFORD: Observer's special edition
RAdm. Connell is keen to nurture the identity of the FAA, and has given his permission for the production and sale of this limited edition watch, sold exclusively to those who serve and have served in the FAA.
Permission for the use of FAA Wings insignia and Zig Zag pattern has been licenced to Elliot Brown by the MoD for the purpose of this initiative. Through its subtle but clear use of FAA branding it is anticipated that FAA personnel will wear the watch daily with a sense of pride, clearly identifying them as belonging to the worlds’ finest Maritime Aviation Force.
Based on the ‘Broadstone’, this bespoke watch has been designed to exacting and precise standards so familiar to the business of the FAA.
Subtly featuring the FAA Observers Wings on the dial, it also incorporates the familiar Zig Zag into the GMT hand. Both are also repeated on the caseback along with personalisation through the engraving of your name and service number.
Designed in-house in Poole, it features a Swiss Quartz movement with a 3 year battery life and low-battery warning, as well as an internal rotating timing bezel. The dial and hands are bold and designed for maximum legibility in all conditions, day and night. The external bezel is engraved with 24 hour markings to be read in conjunction with the GMT hand, and sapphire glass is fitted for maximum scratch-resistance.
Every watch is pressure tested three times during production, with the final test being a pressure test in water at 200M/20 Bar for ten minutes. Only when the watch has successfully completed every test will it be assessed fully serviceable and passed for sale.
The dial is bespoke to this model and finished in dark blue with a sunray finish and printed with FAA Wings in a subdued grey at the 6 o’clock position.
The watch will be fitted with a bespoke dark blue rubber strap, with a black NATO strap also included in the presentation box. The strap is secured with single-sided screw-in bars with bespoke Torx-style heads, a driver is also included to enable rapid strap changes.
The FAA Broadstone will not be available commercially; it will only ever be made available to current and former members of the FAA. There is provision on each watch for personal details, up to 25 characters – This will include the Service Number of each person to whom a watch is sold; this will limit the chance of theft but more importantly limit the chance for profiteering through third-party sales online.
The Command Warrant Officer FAA will have a prototype available for viewing and he will take it with him on his visits, formal gatherings and FAA events. Former FAA personnel will be made aware via Facebook and other social networks.
There is a space for up to 25 characters (including spaces) in total on the caseback for your name and Rank/Rate/nickname etc. to be engraved free of charge. This will be engraved on one line in an arc around the bottom of the caseback on the flat brushed surface in the photos. The 25 characters will include your service number if you choose to include it.
Please enter a maximum of 25 characters (spaces and punctuation are classed as characters) into the box at the top of the page during the checkout process, and we will laser-engrave your watch during production. The font used for the engraving will match the font used throughout the watch design.
Please double-check the text before submitting your order. The text submitted in the message box will be engraved on your watch exactly as it appears in the box, so please make sure you are happy with it as we can take no responsibility for any errors.
Swiss Made Ronda Calibre 505.24H quartz movement with custom date printing at 4.30
3 year battery life
Steel & elastomer damped shock-absorbing movement holder
Water-resistant to ISO2281 and individually tested to 20ATM/200M
Shock-resistant to ISO1413
Solid marine-grade 316L stainless steel case
Anti-reflective 2.5mm sapphire crystal
Triple sealed 6mm knurled crown
Bolted down caseback with oversize seals
Internal rotating timer bezel with SuperLuminova marker
SuperLuminova coated indices, hands, and bezel markers
Screw-in steel strap bars with driver included for easy strap changes
Fitted Elliot Brown leather strap with solid stainless wide-tongue buckle