If you can think back a few months (I struggle) you may recall the rather-nice Bremont C-17 watch.
All good, except for one thing – unless you were ‘pre-authorised military personnel’ you couldn’t get one!
Well, the door opens just a tad and it’s all for a good cause – Bremont are auctioning one of these pieces off for charity on the 10th September.
Read on for the full details of the auction as well as further information about what sounds like a great day:
[Press Release] 10 Sep 2011 sees the Annual 99 Sqn Charity Aircraft Pull event held at RAF Brize Norton.
Teams from all around the country including police, medics and representatives from the Armed Forces are sponsored to pull a RAF aircraft against the clock over a set distance across the 99 Sqn aircraft pan at RAF Brize Norton for the coveted Aircraft Pull Title.
In 2009, a C-130J Hercules aircraft was the challenge; in 2010, a 101 Sqn VC-10 provided the challenge to the pulling teams.
In 2011, the ultimate challenge awaits the teams in the form of the almighty Boeing C-17 Globemaster 3.
The Aircraft Pull is just one event of many raising funds for charity on the day. A charity auction takes place in the afternoon and together with the sponsorship raised by members of the aircraft pulling teams, the monies raised are to be donated to BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Assoc) and RAFA (The Royal Air Force Assoc) two charities very close to 99 Sqn’s heart. All too often, 99 Sqn C-17s are scrambled to Afghanistan to recover seriously injured servicemen to the care they require, in some cases life-saving care, back home in the UK.
A Sealed Bids Auction
The auction is now live and will close on Sunday 12th September at midnight BST (British Summer Time), any bids submitted after this time will not count. You may submit your bid by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for your bid to be counted please include your full name, your address and a contact telephone number.
The bidding for this watch starts at £1000. A non limited version of the Bremont ALT1-Z retail £3550 ($5450).
Should your bid be successful you will be contacted by Bremont and you will be expected pay for the watch within 48hrs of the auction ending, you may pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer. Bremont will donate 100% of the funds to the 99 Sqn nominated charities, 50% to BLESMA and 50% to RAFA. The C-17 watches are in production right now and the delivery date will be before the end of October 2011.
If you do not wish to bid in the Auction for the C-17 watch but you want to show your support for these incredible charities and the , you may make a donation by visiting their websites or through the 99 Squadron’s Just Giving page;
The Squadron Experience*
As an added exclusive experience, the winner of the auction will be offered a fantastic opportunity to visit the 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton (UK)! This is a completely unique, money can’t buy experience to meet the Squadron and take a tour of the airfield. *This is subject to security checks and mutual availability.
Designed in association with several serving military C-17 pilots, this chronograph has been developed with their C-17 colleagues in mind. The modified automatic chronometer (COSC) certified BE-54AE movement is beautifully finished at Bremont’s ateliers in the UK and Switzerland, and once wound, will use the movement of the wearer to keep its mainspring fully wound. The decorated movement can be seen through a sapphire exhibition crystal on the case back.
The watch itself has a unique Trip-Tick® Bremont case which has been hardened through a series of processes at high temperature to give it hardness and scratch resistance of 2000 Vickers. A standard untreated 316L stainless steel watch case will naturally be around 300 Vickers. The sapphire crystal covering the dial has nine layers of anti-reflective treatment on each side of the crystal reducing light reflections on the crystal face by up to 95%. This treatment is specially designed to be as scratch resistant as the sapphire crystal it has been applied to.
Also integrated into the case is Bremont’s new bi-directional Roto-Click® internally rotating bezel. The bezel, which is operated by the crown at 8 o’clock, uses a mechanism developed by the company (integrating a series of ball-bearings) that allows the user to turn the bezel with a satisfying ‘click’ for each minute turned.
Design features of the Bremont C-17 include the etched globe on the dial and a bezel that lists the Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) identifiers representing C-17 landing locations in all 24 time zones. The watch itself can show UTC or ‘Zulu’ time through its adjustable 24 hour hand and 17.00 hours has been high-lighted in red.
The date window takes inspiration from the Globemaster Head Up Display (HUD). The watch is presented in a hand-made leather travel wallet made in England, and it comes with a watch strap changing tool and a spare NATO military nylon strap along with the watch’s COSC certification.