Graham Time Fighter and its unique trigger explanation
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Graham is named after the great British watchmaker and was founded in 1995 by Eric Loth. Chronofighter is the cornerstone of the brand’s collection, inspired by vintage military aviation parts-especially bomb timers from the 1930s and 1940s. When it was launched in 2001, this model immediately caught people’s attention. The unique timing lever and majestic size on the left side of the case broke the norm. This watch quickly became the brand’s best-selling style and evolved naturally over time. The following are the main iterations of this trigger-driven chronograph.
The watch shown in the picture below-a 52mm time recorder/countdown watch made by Universal Geneve for the Italian Air Force and retailed by the Roman retailer Cairelli-is an example of a bomb timer made in the 1930s and during World War II. The combination of the crown and the buttons is a unique feature that allows the wearer to easily operate the chronograph with their thumb (the fastest finger of all fingers), even with gloved hands (to prevent their hands from freezing during flight ).
Directly inspired by these military chronographs, the first Chronofighter completely deviated from the luxury watch rules of the early 2000s. At a time when the typical size of a men’s watch is well below 40 mm, it is aggressive and technical, an impressive 43 mm (regardless of the powerful trigger that protects the crown and chronograph reset button). The watch is equipped with a COSC-certified 1722 automatic winding movement.
2006 – CHRONOFIGHTER OVERSIZE
In 2006, Chronofighter became larger, with a 47 mm case. Its design has become more technical and angular. Some models have adopted this new look, such as the chronograph GMT or the first diver version with a rotating bezel, helium release valve (HRV) and water resistance to 300 meters/1000 feet.
2008 – CHRONOFIGHTER RAC TRIGGER
The Chronofighter Trigger (46 mm) stands out among other iterations of the model due to its case design and crown that is not protected by the trigger. The reset button is almost integrated in the case.
2011-2012 – Time fighter 1695
1695 was launched in 2011-2012 and is the most classic Chronofighter, a tribute to George Graham. Its silver 925 case is 42 mm, reducing the manly design features of this model. The bottom cover is engraved with the image of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Its Roman numeral dial is inspired by pocket watches.
2012 – CHRONOFIGHTER OVERSIZE 2
In 2017, the second modernized version of the oversized 47mm model was launched. The case design is more technical and angular, and the inclined bezel replaces the previous round bezel. The chronograph reset button has also been modified.
2012 – CHRONOFIGHTER PRODIVE
Pro-Dive is the second dive version of the brand Chronofighter. 45 mm in diameter, equipped with screw-in crown, rotating bezel (120 positions) and helium escape valve. Graham has applied for two patents for this model: This is the first time that a trigger has been used to drive a single-button chronograph, and it has already worked as low as 2000 feet (approximately 600 meters).
2016 – CHRONOFIGHTER VINTAGE
In 2016, Graham celebrated the 15th anniversary of its Chronofighter model. With Chronofighter Vintage, the diameter of the model was reduced to 44 mm, making it more restrained and wear-resistant than its predecessors (of course, relatively speaking). The case was transformed into a smaller angled version to re-enhance the appearance of the classic pilot watch. The trigger has been redesigned and is equipped with a knurled onion crown and mushroom-shaped reset button.
2018 – CHRONOFIGHTER GRAND VINTAGE
Launched the 2018 Basel Watch Fair. The latest Chronofighter is based on a “retro” design, but returns to the original spirit of the brand with an oversized 47 mm. The large sapphire crystal mirror is slightly dome-shaped and is equipped with a date magnifying glass. online men watches