July 13, 2010
by Ariel Adams
This new limited edition watch from Charmex’s CX Swiss Military Watch is the Hurricane, and is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain! For a neutral country, Switzerland has a lot of “military” stuff, and likes to commemorate battles. Why did I just realize how ironic that was? So, German failure in 1940 has given this Swiss company the ability to make a cool watch. If only they new how much defeat meant back then…
Swiss Military wants the Hurricane to be the new benchmark in modern aviation watches. What does that mean? Not totally sure. I don’t think aviation watches can have a bench mark with so many different types out there, but this is certainly a nice piece. My only problem with it are the dinky hands, but it isn’t any less legible than most Breitling pilot watches. It even has a slide rule – so it must be an aviator then!
The Hurricane name is based on the famous single engine British fighter plane that was part of the RAF (Royal Airforce). You can see one of them here. A sprightly little thing, en masse they were deadly in the skies with the right mental muscle in the cockpit. If they flew today, at least a few of them would want to strap on one of these bad-boys. At 47mm wide in a black DLC coated steel case, this is a pretty darn impressive watch. 200 meters water resistant, sapphire crystal, and COSC Chronometer certified Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 movement inside. It has a rotating navigational bezel with an attached inner slide-rule.
There are four dial color options – each looks pretty viable in my opinion. Though I have to say that the red and black dial versions are my favorite. The dials seem to have carbon fiber weave like textures to them. Based on the CX Swiss Military AIRFORCE 1 watch, the Hurricane is a more enthusiast orient model with a refined design. I like that most limited edition watches from the brand are beefed up version of their standard collection. “You can get this standard collection version here, but if you really want something special, I can show you the limited edition version.” The last CX Swiss Military Watch I covered and reviewed was their 20,000 Feet Diver, which I thought was a excellent timepiece (and it also has a Guinness World Record title).
If the Hurricane is anything like the 20,000 Feet Diver – then it is going to be a winner. The integration of the chronograph subdials is clean, and I like the propeller style subsidiary seconds hand. It comes with a special nano-tech leather strap with a matching DLC coated buckle. The red stitching is a good touch. Would be an almost perfect aviator watch if it had larger hands, but that is just one man’s opinion. Price isn’t too bad for what you get at 1,995 Swiss Francs – and you should be able to order online from the CX Swiss Military Watch website soon. The Hurricane is limited to 200 pieces total, with 50 in each dial color. Look for them soon.
Technical Specifications from Charmex:
Chronometer-certified automatic chronograph ETA cal. 7750 Valjoux COSC
25 jewels . 28’800 oscillations/h
Power reserve 48h
Etachron regulator system
Glucydur balance bridge
Antishock with Incabloc shock-absorber
Hour; minute; small second propeller-shaped at 9h
Chronograph with 30 minute counter at 12h, 12 hour counter at 6h, central second counter
Date at 3h
Solid stainless steel case, black DLC plated, Ã˜ 47.0mm, thickness 17.0mm, weight 150gr total
Screw-down crown and pushers
Red safety marking on pushers (visible when unscrewed)
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Bi-directional circular slide-rule bezel, Superluminovaâ„¢ indices
Genuine Swiss Made® nano-tech leather strap with black DLC plated buckle
Screw-down caseback, Limited Edition engraving . Water-resistant to 200 meters . Anti-magnetic ISO 764
Silver, black, arctic blue or RAF red
All chronograph hands in red
– Limited edition of 200 watches only (50 each version)
– MSRP Switzerland excl. 7.6% VAT CHF 1’995.-