GRAHAM has just released a chronograph which at last gives a distinct nod to its namesake George Graham and adds a truly British touch of style as well. The 1930s was a turning point. The BBC was created and the first TV broadcasts began. The use of media as entertainment was first established. The Graf Zeppelin operated transatlantic passenger flights between Britain and North America. The 1930s also saw the creation of the jet engine by Englishman Frank Whittle. And that perennial British bestsellers the tea bag was also first introduced.
To echo this era of change, GRAHAM made its new Chronofighter 1695 a timeless watch making instrument. An automatic 42 mm chronograph powered by a sophisticated Swiss movement. The minutes counter is placed at 6 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock, while the crown adorns an 18k pink gold case.
The case-back is elaborately hand-engraved with the Greenwich Royal Observatory as a tribute to the early life of George Graham, the official watchmaker of this important British Institution. The case back also features a sapphire aperture on the balance wheel and the escapement. An homage to “Honest George”, the father of the chronograph and creator of simplified escapements which are the ancestor of the Swiss modern escapement.
Elegant and distinctive
The thirties saw a proliferation of new technologies in all domains. But the most conclusive is certainly the lever which was originally used in aviation and early car racing. The renowned GRAHAM start and stop system is naturally present on the left side of the case to be activated by the thumb. The silver-white dial is finely-worked and is domed to recall the 30s style.
42 mm pink gold (18K) case, calibre G1745, automatic chronograph, 25 jewels, 28’800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 48 hours power reserve, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces, pink gold (18K) case back with Greenwich Observatory hand-engraved and sapphire aperture on the balance wheel, brown croco strap.