Thursday, June 8, 2017

Things That Make You Go Hmmm.

Sometimes you just have to let a press release speak for itself.  This is one of those times.  So here it is, uncut and unvarnished, straight from Graham:


The Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd gets an air of glamour with nostalgic Nose Art. 

Will Sally or Anna take your time into their hands? What about a date with Lilly? Or will Nina be the one to keep you on track? One of these lovely ladies is the mascot of precision timekeeping on each of the four 100-strong limited editions that make up the latest collection recruited to the Chronofighter Vintage series. Glamorous illustrations, in the style of those first applied to military planes in the 1940's to bolster military morale, turn these timepieces into appealing statements of hope and freedom. The pinups on the Graham Chronofighter Vintage Nose Art Ltd family tease and please as they write a further chapter in the Anglo-Swiss brand’s passionate tale of aviation heroes and highlights. Graham presents the Flying Forties in watch form. 

'Cause hey, who doesn't like to be "teased and pleased"?  There is a fine line between cheeky and creepy...

My father and uncle spent their summers off from Cornell Hotel School working as waiters in a tourist restaurant in New England.  And, as they were impressionable young men, and a bit less-than charitable to the clientele (rubes), they would compete on a daily basis to see who could sell the most of a horrible dinner special or dessert.  It is important to understand that these "specials" were often conceived in the early morning hours following a fair amount of liquid contemplation.  Though history may not recall the calamity that was the "Open Faced Clam & Broccoli Sandwich", or "Cape Ann Lime Sherbet and Pecan Pie à la Mode", it taught me a valuable lesson that good salesmanship can overcome poorly informed planning decisions.
Courtesy of Graham
Which brings us to this latest release from Graham...because, when I think of George Graham and his legendary work, my very next thought goes to "pin up" girls...
Courtesy of Graham
That's right!  All you RED-BLOODED guys can spend time with Anna, Nina, Lilly or Sally!  Or at least their torsos and 3/4 of their legs... with the exception of Lilly, who for whatever reason is the only "model" to appear "intact".
Courtesy of Graham
Now in fairness, for all I know this is a wildly popular watch and has already sold through its production. 
Courtesy of Graham

And if it's your thing, here are the pertinents -


  •   The Artistic: vintage historical timepieces inspired by Nose Art
    Decorative painting on the nose, fuselage of military aircrafts starting in the 40s

  •   Sunbrushed vintage dials with painted pin-up girls named Sally, Anna, Lilly and Nina
  •   Automatic chronograph
  •   Day-date
  •   Fast-action start / stop trigger
  •   Hand-sewn calf leather straps
  •   Limited edition: 100 pieces each

Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter)
Day-date at 9 o’clock
Hours, minutes, seconds

G1747, automatic chronograph 28’800 A/h (4Hz)
Incabloc shock absorber
25 jewels
Power reserve: 
48 hours

44 mm steel
Steel fast-action start / stop trigger and reset pusher 
Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating 
See-through sapphire crystal case back
Bezel: Steel
Water resistance: 
330 feet / 100 m / 10 bar
Black / blue sunbrushed dial with painted pin-up girls
Pin-up girls’ names Sally, Anna, Lilly, Nina and 
limited edition serial number at 9 
White Super-LumiNova hands, numerals and indexes
White varnish chrono hand with red tip
Rhodiated minutes and seconds’ counters hands

Hand-sewn black / green /blue calf leather Steel pin buckle


  1. Wow, Vintage cartoon Pin up watches! What are the prices? No Joking!

  2. Forgetting about every other issue (difficult) these watches are ugly.
    To the bargain bucket that is Massdrop or Touch of Modern with them.

  3. Now that I think about it, pilot watches and pinup girls just make sense, considering the pinup art on fighter planes. It's something I don't hate in principle, if it's well executed.
    Now for the actual watches, having torsos and legs apart, this is just bad execution. Only watch I can see without cringing is Lilly's.