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    Red arrows pilot watch

    Saw this Reds pilot on Aircrew Interview wearing a big watch but I can't make out what type it is. Best guess is Breitling. Even zoomed in it's hard to see.



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    Almost certainly one of the newer Emergency models. Note the extra, larger ‘crown’ below the main crown.

    Plus, they’re F’ing huge.

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    Took a quick look at Breitlings site and the latest model of the black emergency retails at $18 695.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theylive View Post
    Took a quick look at Breitlings site and the latest model of the black emergency retails at $18 695.
    Thatís a stinking price... most expensive new quartz watch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derivative View Post
    Thatís a stinking price... most expensive new quartz watch?
    You get big discounts on them.

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    I do not see this team paying for their watches and imho, quite rightly so!

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    Got 3 mates in the Reds with the above pictured pilot being one of them, can confirm they def donít pay for the watches, they are gifted for the duration of their tenure with the Reds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchvisitor View Post
    Got 3 mates in the Reds with the above pictured pilot being one of them, can confirm they def donít pay for the watches, they are gifted for the duration of their tenure with the Reds.
    I hope they don't fly with them on. Would unbalance the aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchvisitor View Post
    Got 3 mates in the Reds with the above pictured pilot being one of them, can confirm they def donít pay for the watches, they are gifted for the duration of their tenure with the Reds.
    Once they have finished with the Reds do they get to keep them or do they have to give them back?

    And I'm assuming they return to active service, I assume that they are issued a watch for their duties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyal View Post
    Once they have finished with the Reds do they get to keep them or do they have to give them back?

    And I'm assuming they return to active service, I assume that they are issued a watch for their duties.
    Happy to be corrected but doubt they are issued? More likely to be gifted by Breitling's PR Dept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcleminson View Post
    Happy to be corrected but doubt they are issued? More likely to be gifted by Breitling's PR Dept.
    Correct they are nothing to do with the RAF.

    Quote Originally Posted by Happyal View Post
    Once they have finished with the Reds do they get to keep them or do they have to give them back?

    And I'm assuming they return to active service, I assume that they are issued a watch for their duties.

    This is what we are issued as aircrew.

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    Slightly off topic but Aircrew Interview is proving to be a most entertaining way to spend time!
    Double off topic, @ditchvisitor, do you know where I can find a couple of yellow chinagraphs?
    Thanks

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    I was tempted to pick up the pulsar but apparently the quality is terrible?

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    Pulsar are definitely at the budget end of the market, although I was impressed at how well my son's stood up to a fall from a moving bus! (Don't ask...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    Slightly off topic but Aircrew Interview is proving to be a most entertaining way to spend time!
    Double off topic, @ditchvisitor, do you know where I can find a couple of yellow chinagraphs?
    Thanks
    Wow they are a blast from the past! Havenít used them since basic flying training, will have a look in my locker when I get chance and see if I have any knocking about you can have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    Slightly off topic but Aircrew Interview is proving to be a most entertaining way to spend time!
    Thanks

    I have to agree these interviews are pushing all my boyhood aircratft buttons. Time for an airfix model ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchvisitor View Post
    Wow they are a blast from the past! Havenít used them since basic flying training, will have a look in my locker when I get chance and see if I have any knocking about you can have.
    Thanks muchly, they are ideal for work, to mark the case update board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theylive View Post
    I have to agree these interviews are pushing all my boyhood aircratft buttons. Time for an airfix model ?
    What a great find! I can see me watching all of those - really interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcleminson View Post
    I hope they don't fly with them on. Would unbalance the aircraft.

    Ha, they are big but surprisingly light. I rather like them, not brave enough to spend the cash but I might one day at the right price. The emergency 1 was my first brietling so have a soft spot for them, even though they are incredibly and daftly oversized.

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    @ditchvisitor
    https://i.imgur.com/0Uaas1z.jpg
    Great things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddiex View Post
    What a great find! I can see me watching all of those - really interesting!
    I've loved them all but so far my favourite is Jeff Guinn, the F111 guy, then the Chinook, the Buccaneers & the F4...

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    Quote Originally Posted by micks_address View Post
    I was tempted to pick up the pulsar but apparently the quality is terrible?
    Yes. I joined in Ď02 and when I went to stores they were just switching from CWC G-10 to Pulsar ďG-10Ē. Pulsar was awful...the crystal was as soft as butter and there were numerous flight safety reports of crowns falling off in the cockpit.

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    Which raf version would you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    I was impressed at how well my son's stood up to a fall from a moving bus! (Don't ask...)
    What altitude was the bus at when he fell ?

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    I think his watch was at about 3ft 2in at launch, ground level on impact

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    Quote Originally Posted by micks_address View Post
    Which raf version would you recommend?
    In my time of service, we had the following available:

    CWC G-10 and Pulsar G-10...available to pilots
    Pulsar Chrono...available to navigators or if a friendly storeman would give you one as a pilot.

    The CWC was much better than the Pulsar. My preference was the Gen 2 Seiko Chrono prior to those watches. A much nicer watch.

    Although we all rushed to stores during elementary flying training ground school to get our free issued watch, I can remember only a couple of people actually wearing one later in my career once actually qualified.

    I’d say the most ubiquitous pilot watch was the aerospace, usually sporting a set of wings on the dial.
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    Thanks I'm basically looking at a Chrono pilots watch around 300 pound mark if anything out there while I save up..I had a Bulova moonwatch and wasn't mad on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by micks_address View Post
    Thanks I'm basically looking at a Chrono pilots watch around 300 pound mark if anything out there while I save up..I had a Bulova moonwatch and wasn't mad on it
    Not strictly manufactured as a pilot watch, but Iíd always thought about putting a Certina DS-1 on a nato...thought it had a very Seiko look to it.

    Example:

    https://watchcharts.com/listing/111966

    They do a Chrono version too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    Slightly off topic but Aircrew Interview is proving to be a most entertaining way to spend time!
    Double off topic, @ditchvisitor, do you know where I can find a couple of yellow chinagraphs?
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by micks_address View Post
    Thanks I'm basically looking at a Chrono pilots watch around 300 pound mark if anything out there while I save up..I had a Bulova moonwatch and wasn't mad on it
    Have a look at Steinhart.

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    I've had a ocean vintage gmt

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    Difference in size between the emergency custards ..




    I have the watch but will need to save up for the aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micks_address View Post
    Thanks I'm basically looking at a Chrono pilots watch around 300 pound mark if anything out there while I save up..I had a Bulova moonwatch and wasn't mad on it
    You could get an issued Pulsar Chrono for around £300


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
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    Thanks, I'll have a look.

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    Yeah but isn't the quality awful?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gullers View Post
    You could get an issued Pulsar Chrono for around £300


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    Put it this way, I can think of better watches to spend £300 on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    Slightly off topic but Aircrew Interview is proving to be a most entertaining way to spend time!
    Double off topic, @ditchvisitor, do you know where I can find a couple of yellow chinagraphs?
    Thanks
    Wow - not heard of them in years.

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    Have you considered something from Seiko? Although not issued, SNDA27 looks very much like a military aircrew watch...

    https://www.creationwatches.com/prod...l?currency=GBP

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    I doubt very much that they would pilot with such a large watch on their wrist. The way he is showing it off looks like a marketing excercise to me. I would imagine the RAF has much better means of locating downed pilots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaffe View Post
    I doubt very much that they would pilot with such a large watch on their wrist. The way he is showing it off looks like a marketing excercise to me. I would imagine the RAF has much better means of locating downed pilots.
    Of course, although I suspect he could wear it in the cockpit. Pilots are known to have very strong wrists and can handle wearing the Emergency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micks_address View Post
    Yeah but isn't the quality awful?
    Mines fine. Depends what your comparing it to I guess. Iím not expecting out of this world quality for £300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
    Pilots are known to have very strong wrists.
    😝

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    Do you know where I can find a couple of yellow chinagraphs?
    Thanks
    Are you just after the refills? I might have some hidden away in a box under some junk from a long time ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aa388 View Post
    Are you just after the refills? I might have some hidden away in a box under some junk from a long time ago.


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    Hi, thanks for the reply. Ideally I'd like to get a yellow pencil but if you have any spare yellow refills that'd be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    Hi, thanks for the reply. Ideally I'd like to get a yellow pencil but if you have any spare yellow refills that'd be great.
    You have mail.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    I've loved them all but so far my favourite is Jeff Guinn, the F111 guy, then the Chinook, the Buccaneers & the F4...

    One of my favourites if you have never heard it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILop3Kn3JO8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alansmithee View Post
    One of my favourites if you have never heard it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILop3Kn3JO8
    I LOVE that! He also does a story of his career which is pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    I LOVE that! He also does a story of his career which is pretty cool.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILop3Kn3JO8

    That was a goody, I do like the SR71 pilot talks.

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    Very ugly but functional

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