Khaled has been nagging me to blog for him for a long while but with work commitments a lot of air miles and then a job change I (much to my discredit) just never found the spare capacity.
So why now, well it’s my latest acquisition from Timepiece360 that has inspired me, why I hear you ask?
Well I am Breitling guy, through and through with several in my collection varying from the beast that is the Super Avenger 2, through the Breitling range, including 2 Seawolf (my original crush watch, still is) across to the delightfully black Chronomat Raven 44 and its brother the Chronospace Military, yes, a Quartz! previously there was an Emergency mission, but as I settle down and my own missions got less, I had no more need for an emergency transmitter.
Breitling has always been my choice, I have dabbled with Rolex, Panerai and Bell & Ross to name a few, alas I always found myself drifting back, I’m still not sure why, maybe because my first really nice watch was a Breitling Seawolf TI, which I still have and have not or will not part with, even though there have been some tight times, or it’s the aviation heritage, you see I come from a family of Airmen, 3 generations including myself, so quality aviation machines and time pieces have always been part of my life.
So this leads us back to my latest purchase from Timepiece360, which is not a Breitling or even an aviation watch, but a motor racing watch, I have been a keen biker all my life but have never really looked at motor sport time pieces, so what caught my eye and sparked my interest?
The watch in question was the Graham Silverstone RS Skeleton, in red, though Graham also have made them with blue & green accents, the red seemed sportier to me, though Graham call the piece a skeleton it is more of a half skeleton with the 9 to 12 quarter of the watch showing most of the exposed movement.
The face has a double coated Sapphire crystal with the Graham Logo inscribed on the inside of the glass, which I have noticed in the correct light will cast a perfect shadow of the logo on to the face, nice.
Encased in a 46 mm steel case with the crown being secured by a bayonet system with red safety ring topped off with a Black ceramic (ZrO2) bezel with black tachymeter scale, which again can seem greyer in the different light.
At the ten o clock position you will find a unique viewing window which will let in light and let the movement (G1790, automatic skeleton chronograph balance wheel and escapement, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber) be seen from a different angle, to be honest, I’m not sure about this, yes a nice feature, but I find unnecessary, oh and 29 jewels.
The dial has Black Sword hands with white Super-LumiNova these are easy to see even against varying grey scales of the face, in all light, the LumiNova gives off plenty of light with impressive day shine as the light fails.
Red is the choice of colour so naturally, the Chrono, minutes and second’s counters hands are all painted a deep red which again makes them very readable.
Finally, the strap and clasp, the strap is a soft rubber with a tyre pattern including, again a red matching stripe & the Graham Logo, this is all linked with a buckle type deployment clasp, which so far, much to my liking, has not picked up the obligatory desk pilot scratches from everyday wear, a very comfortable strap that after a while you forget is there!
I have one last confession to make as there was one more slightly selfish reason for choosing the Silverstone, I was born just three miles away from the race track in England so thought it nice to have a time piece connected to home.
So, all in all, have I been drawn away from my beloved Breitling with their wonderful build, shapes, style & heritage, the answer is no, I am already thinking of putting the Seawolf on tomorrow