Sunday, November 15, 2015

Luminox P-38 Lightning GMT (9420) & Chronograph (9440) Series

Utilizing aircraft-inspired details, the watches of the Luminox AIR series pay tribute to some of the most remarkable strategic aircraft in aviation history. Now two new Luminox timepieces, created under official and exclusive worldwide license with Lockheed Martin, introduce vintage–inspired models to the Luminox collection. Vintage or “throwback” apparel is a strong trend in men’s fashion as designers are reinterpreting popular designs from the past. In the watch world, this offers men the opportunity to buy new throwback watches without paying a vintage watch price.
The P-38 Lightning had a unique and compelling design and the watches pay homage to this industrial pre-war design with their cushion shaped stainless steel case, and dial font pulled directly from the instruments in the plane cockpit. The P-38 is available in Day/Date, Chronograph and Automatic movements. The Day/Date model has a secondary hour hand that can be set to a second time zone (or to GMT time), while the primary hour hand is set to local time, enabling the wearer to track two time zones.
The new 9427 GMT and 9447 Chronograph models feature a handsome smooth grain tan calf leather strap with ivory stitching. These straps are 4mm thick single piece leather with rough cut edges (essentially like a belt for the wrist) adding to the vintage character of the series.
First conceived in 1937, the twin-boomed P-38 was the most innovative plane of its day and the ultimate weapon, combining speed with unheard-of advances: two supercharged engines and a potent mix of four 50-caliber machine guns and a 20mm cannon.Upon its official introduction in 1940, the P-38 was capable of climbing to 3,300 feet in a single minute and reaching 400 mph, 100 mph faster than any other fighter in the world. It also doubled as an intimidating long-range threat, capable of carrying a larger payload than early B-17s and boasting a range of 1,150 miles. With its distinctive design, the P-38 was sleek and its twin tails gave it a radical new look. Nicknamed the "fork-tailed devil" by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" by the Japanese, its versatility and ruggedness during WWII were tanks, and shoot down fighters and bombers.
Technical details
Model: 9427 GMT
Origin: Swiss Made
Always Visible: Constant glow for up to 25 years in any light condition

Movement
Ronda 515.24H, 2nd time Zone, Special HH
Battery/Battery life: 395/45 months

Case
316L stainless steel brushed
Size/Diameter: 44mm
Bezel: 316L stainless steel brushed with black aluminum ring, unidirectional turning bezel
Case back: 316L stainless steel brushed, screwed
Crystal: Sapphire glass, single antireflective coating
Crown: 316L stainless steel brushed, screw down
Height: 13.1mm
Weight: 120g
Water Resistance: 200 meters, 20 ATM, 660 feet, individually tested

Dial
Black dial, Ice blue light tube at 12h, Yellow tube from 1-11h, yellow tubes for hours and minutes and Ice blue tube for GMT

Strap
9421: Black leather strap with black stitches and steel signature buckle, 28mm
9427: Tan leather strap with ivory stitches and steel signature buckle, 28mm

Packaging
Wooden box, 140 x 140 x 100mm with P-38 picture on top
Instruction Manual
Lockheed Martin Collection Card
Certificate

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