Militaristic aircraft are a special few — they embody each and every aspect of aviation’s storied lineage, alongside their remarkable purpose as tools of war. Thankfully, the talented team at REC Watches has found the perfect way to honor these alloy-clad fighters. “How,” you ask? By implementing pieces of the historic airframes into the company’s special edition timepieces.
Out of 20,000 Spitfire aircraft, less than 100 remain, making the platform a rare, but attractive candidate for recycled implementation. For their upcoming RJM 04, REC jumped at the opportunity to salvage different components from the fighter — paying homage to the feats of the illustrious British aircraft. After highlighting different areas of the plane in their previous iterations, REC set aside materials from the Spitfire’s left wing, with the intention to use them in the company’s newest project. After introducing an accurate Reference Miyota Cal. 9015 movement into the mix, an attractive blue sunburst dial and woven strap were implemented to complement the 04’s unique alloy casing, honoring Britain’s iconic RAF colorway, and harkening back to the original flight uniforms worn by the country’s most prolific pilots. As an aside, REC has promised to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the 04 Bluebird to the restoration of the donor PT879 MK IX Spitfire aircraft, helping it to see the sky, once more. Head to the company’s website to pick up your very own historic timepiece for $1,295.