While its beautiful ‘rev counter’ dial and matte-black case, this C8 is already a handsome timepiece. But makes it extra-special – and provides a physical link to British motorsport history – is the piece of piston from the 1929 Bentley Blower No 1 racing car placed in the back. A nearly new watch is in 'almost mint' condition, but may have some light marks, which is why we're able to offer it at such a great discount.
Motorsport history – on your wrist
A collaboration between Christopher Ward and TMB Art Metal, the C8 Birkin's Blower TMB Limited Edition celebrates Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin's record-breaking wins in his Bentley Blower No.1.
Turn the watch over, and visible through the ‘exhibition’ case back is a disc of piston metal from the car, engraved with the words ‘Brooklands Battles’: a reference to the track where it set a track lap record of 137.96mph.
The C8's dial replicates the Blower's rev counter: a minute track runs around the outside, while its interior numerals reflect the engine's number of revolutions per minute. Two screws on the dial supply a historical feel, while the white SuperLumiNova® on the minute numerals and hands ensure legibility.
Although newer and faster models would overtake it, the Bentley Blower No 1 still found a way to set world records. Bought by master watchmaker George Daniels 40 years after Birkin's death in 1932, when Daniels himself died in 2011, it was sold at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for £5,042,000. Another milestone for a record-breaking car.
Calibre SH21 hand-wound movement
Released in 2015, the hand-wound version of our in-house movement is every bit as impressive as its automatic cousin. And thanks to its ingenuous twin-barrel construction, Calibre SH21 will deliver 120 hours – five whole days – of timekeeping when fully wound.
SH21 has also been designated as a ‘chronometer’ by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), putting it in the top six per cent of movements for accuracy.
- Case Model C8
- Size 44mm
- Dial Colour Black
- Case Material Stainless steel
- Case Colour Black
- Bezel Colour Black
- Height 11.7mm
- Lug-to-Lug 53.2mm
- Case Weight 81g
- Weight inc Bracelet 106g
- Water Resistance 5 ATM (50m)
- Movement Calibre SH21
- Power Reserve 120 hours
- No. of Jewels 27
- Complication Type 3 hands
- Vibrations 28,800 p/hr (4Hz)
- Timing Tolerance -4/+6 sec p/day
- Lume SLN-T-C1
- Strap Size 22mm
- Strap Material Vintage leather (Oak)
- Strap Colour Camel