They served. We pay tribute
A watch that combines it all. That marks the past with respect but uses the best of contemporary Swiss watchmaking to ensure functionality in the most testing of conditions. A watch for those who love aviation history, but also for those who want a timepiece that looks good. And works perfectly.
At 41mm, the Cranwell – named after the RAF college – suits most wrist sizes, and uses CW's graceful Light-catcher™ case. Its brushed and polished facets are emphasised by delicately contouring lines that run from its central 'waist' section down to its inclining lugs. Not only does it look fantastic, but also feels super-comfortable when worn.
Framed within its brushed bezel, the C65 Cranwell's replaces conventional 12-hour numerals with Super-LumiNova®-coated minute numerals for a military feel. Meanwhile, Old Radium lume has then been applied to indexes every quarter-hour and a triangle at 12 o'clock to increase legibility in the dark.
Finally, when you turn the watch over, you’ll be greeted by the heraldic RAF badge deep-stamped into the backplate.
Sellita SW200 COSC
Sellita SW200 Automatic Chronometer
Designed for those who demand the highest standards of timekeeping, this Swiss-made automatic movement has been officially designated as a ‘chronometer’ by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres.
This means it has a certified timing tolerance of just -4/+6 seconds per day in a variety of temperatures and positions, putting it in the top six percent of Swiss-made watches for accuracy.
The movement boasts a 4Hz frequency (equating to a smooth eight ticks per second) and a 38-hour power reserve. It also has an in-built anti-shock system to maintain accuracy when faced with any sudden jolts.
What the press say about the
“The C65 Cranwell looks bloody good.”
“Christopher Ward are certainly making some of the best mid-century military-inspired watches today, as evidenced by this old-school pilot’s watch that was made in conjunction with the
Royal Air Force.”
“A proper, accurate pilot’s watch well suited to flying duties.”
A tribute to Royal Air Force, the C65 Cranwell is a sensitive reinterpretation of Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC’s ‘6B/346’ pilot’s watches from the 1940s.
A dial with a story
Instead of regular 12-hour numerals, we’ve used minute numerals coated with Super-LumiNova for after-dark visibility. The triangle at 12 o’clock is another nod to the past.
Our Light-catcher™ case has been a hit since launch. With brushed and polished surfaces, and contoured lines, it’s an exercise in engineered elegance. When you wear it, you’ll see what we mean.
Stamp of approval
Turn the watch over, and you’ll see the backplate has been deep-stamped with the emblem of the Royal Air Force. A reminder of the sacrifices its service men and women have made for us.
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