Graham, the Swiss watch brand with British roots, has partnered with a decidedly American institution for its new limited-edition watch. This latest version of the Graham Chronofighter Oversize, which launches tonight at a special ceremony aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, is the product of a collaboration with the Navy SEAL Foundation.
The Graham Oversize Chronofighter Navy SEAL Foundation — a limited edition of 500 pieces — makes an immediate martial impression with its gray-toned, digital camouflage-patterned dial. Graham says that the watch was designed with the needs of the U.S. Navy’s highly specialized Sea, Air Land (SEAL) team in mind: the watch has been tested for endurance in climatic conditions ranging from scorching deserts to hot, humid jungles to icy Arctic environments. The watch also embodies “stealth” with the dark hues of its 47-mm-diameter case with black PVD coating, and the use of carbon fiber for the side-mounted “trigger,” a hallmark of Graham’s chronograph watches.
The only splash of color on the watch appears on the sapphire caseback, with the white Foundation logo set against the red, white and blue of Old Glory. The black rubber strap (with pin buckle made of black ceramic) has been reinforced with carbon fiber and features a relief Clous de Paris pattern more often seen on dials and movement parts of other high end watches. Beneath the colorful caseback is Graham’s automatic G1747 chronograph movement, with 25 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph, Incabloc shock absorber and 48-hour power reserve.
The Graham Chronofighter Oversize Navy SEAL Foundation will retail for $8,050; Graham will donate a portion from the sale of each watch to the Navy SEAL Foundation. “The Navy SEAL motto, ‘the only easy day was yesterday,’ is a motto we at Graham live by,” states Eric Loth, Graham’s founder, “as we are always striving to find a way to make a better watch and a better world. We were drawn to the Navy SEAL Foundation because of their excellent work supporting those who give so much to support others.”
Says Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation: The Navy SEAL Foundation is humbled by GRAHAM’s generous commitment of support to the warriors and families of Naval Special Warfare through the creation and sale of this very beautiful limited-edition timepiece.”
Scroll down to see some photos of the watch taken by WatchTime contributor Rob Velasquez at the launch event aboard the Intrepid.