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As one of the watch brands most closely associated to aviation, it seems quite appropriate that Breitling would choose to pay tribute to a historic warplane.  The “Curtis Warhawk P-40” played an important role in both the Chinese and American aviation history. Now it has been honored with not one, but three new timepieces in the recently unveiled “Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk” collection.

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Curtis Wright was a famous American manufacturer of aircraft’s, who among creations manufactured the “Curtiss P-40 Warhawk” between 1938 and 1944. This was plane was his most historically significant production and was notoriously piloted by the so-called “Flying Tigers, which consisted of a group of American volunteers in the Chinese Air Force, during World War II.

Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk

The 41mm case is made of black DLC-coated stainless-steel with screw-on case back, which is engraved with a “Curtiss” inscription in a cursive calligraphy and the famous “shark’s mouth-painted“ P-40 Warhawk airplane.

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Mounted to the case is a matching DLC-coated steel bi-directional bezel with a red pointer that highlights its position. It comes equipped with a screw-locked setting-crown with two gaskets, featuring an embossed Breitling logo. This timepiece as well as the other watches in this collection are all topped by a cambered sapphire crystal that has been glare-proofed on both sides. They also all have a water-resistance capable of reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a military green dial with white bold Arabic numerals, alongside double-digit numerals for every five-minute increment, followed by a railroad-track of minute index markers with arrow-tips for every five-minute increment. The 60-minute marker has been colored red, as well as the tip of the running seconds hand and the aforementioned bezel marker.

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The central black DLC-coated stainless-steel hands and the bold Arabic numerals have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a white outlined, black date aperture where the 6 o’clock numeral would be.

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Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk

The “Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk” (Ref#: M173152A1L1X1) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, Breitling caliber B17 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a military khaki green fabric strap, secured to the wrist by a pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Breitling website here.

MSRP: $4,230.00 USD

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Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk

The 43mm case is made of DLC-coated stainless-steel with screw-on case back, which is engraved with a “Curtiss” inscription in a cursive calligraphy and the famous “shark’s mouth-painted“ P-40 Warhawk airplane.

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Mounted to the case is a matching DLC-coated steel bi-directional bezel with a red pointer that highlights its position. It comes equipped with two push-pieces that operate the chronograph functions, plus a screw-locked setting-crown with two gaskets in-between them, featuring an embossed Breitling logo.

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Time is exhibited on a military green dial with white bold Arabic numerals, alongside double-digit numerals for every five-minute increment, followed by a railroad-track of minute index markers with arrow-tips for every five-minute increment. There are three sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter with red highlights at the 12 o’clock spot.

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The central black nickel-plated hands and the bold Arabic numerals have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a white outlined, double-window black day-date aperture aligned with the 3 o’clock.

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Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk

The “Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk” (Ref#: A133161A1L1X1) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, Breitling caliber B13 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is either a military khaki green fabric strap, secured to the wrist by a pin buckle; or a stainless-steel Professional III bracelet . For more up to date information visit the official Breitling website here.

MSRP: $5,565.00 USD

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Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk

The 43mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent sapphire exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. This model also been engraved with a “Curtiss” inscription in a cursive calligraphy and the famous “shark’s mouth-painted“ P-40 Warhawk airplane; but here it has been applied directly to the sapphire crystal and was colored on for a more lively presence.

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Mounted to the case is a matching DLC-coated steel bi-directional bezel with a red pointer that highlights its position. It comes equipped with two push-pieces that operate the chronograph functions, plus a screw-locked setting-crown with two gaskets in-between them, featuring an embossed Breitling logo.
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Time is exhibited on a military green dial with white bold Arabic numerals, alongside double-digit numerals for every five-minute increment, followed by a railroad-track of minute index markers with arrow-tips for every five-minute increment. There are three white sub-dials: a 30-minute counter with red highlights at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position.

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The central steel hands and the bold Arabic numerals have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a black date aperture in-between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.

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Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk

The “Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk” (Ref#: AB01192A1L1X1) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, Breitling caliber B01 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is either a military khaki green fabric strap, secured to the wrist by a pin buckle; or a stainless-steel Professional III bracelet . For more up to date information visit the official Breitling website here.

MSRP: $7,710.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az