Type 01 - Suffield 1968

$ 1,599.00 CAD

You are looking at a piece of history repurposed for your wrist.

This unique piece of 1968 history built to protect and save the lives of men and women travelled the globe in its endeavours. In the 80’s it began service with the oldest tank unit in the world- the 1st Royal Tank Regiment (1 RTR) of the British Army. It finally came to rest in Ralston, Alberta, Canada as part of the live fire training exercises conducted by the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS). What was once a Fighting Vehicle (FV432) has been repurposed into the live edge dial of this timepiece to continue its heroic endeavours alongside you.  

FV432 facts: 

  • National Stock Number (NSN) - 2350998932406
  • Equipment Registration Mark (ERM) - 04FA82 
  • Manufactured in 1967/1968 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England.
  • July 1, 1969 began service
  • April 2, 1985 joined 1 RTR as a support vehicle for the Chieftain battle tank
  • Serviced in Wetter, Germany December 1976 
  • Serviced outside Dorthmund, Germany November 1990
  • January 18, 1992 transferred to BATUS to be used as a target for the British Army during live-fire training
  • The 1 RTR was forged in the adversity of WWI and is the oldest tank unit in the world. It has been deployed on all major conflicts since the end of WWII earning a reputation for fearlessness and professionalism. As part of the regimen for 5 years this FV432 probably rubbed shoulders with some of the best tanks and tankers of our time. 
  • FV432APCs are the Swiss Army knife of vehicles as they can be converted into infantry, recovery or command vehicles, 81mm mortar carriers and ambulances using installation kits. Being fit for turrets is also a possibility. 

Only 10 manual timepieces will be crafted from this piece of Military history.

Details:

  • Movement: ETA 6498-1 with a Geneva stripe finish.
  • Edition: Limited Edition of 10, individual numbered pieces x/10.
  • Functions: Manually wound, 18,000 beats/hour, 46 hour power reserve, hours, minutes, sweeping second hand at the 5, incabloc shock protection.
  • Case: 316L Stainless Steel, 41mm (not including crown), 9.5mm height.
  • Caseback: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Dial: Live edge of the FV432 stamped using vintage Patek Philippe dial stamp.
  • Finishing: Polished & brushed
  • Hands: White wire hour and minute hands. White second hand.
  • Front Crystal: Mineral crystal
  • Back Crystal: Mineral crystal
  • Water Resistance: 3ATM
  • Band: Hand-made Horween leather
  • Packaging: Hand-made beautiful one-off packaging made from wood.
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty
  • Guarantee: We offer a one week compliment guarantee. If someone doesn’t love your watch within one week of wearing it…you’ve probably never left your house.
  • Build Time: Ships in 2-3 weeks
  • Love Time: Approx forever. Actually, forever.

Note: Every dial will have different characteristics and colouring. Although each will be unique and different, they’ll all be beautiful. Product is currently in development and will ship within 4 weeks. 

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