A few weeks ago I discovered a really cool Pilot watch by Mitchell Timepieces just launched on Kickstarter. The owner of the company is an Airforce veteran called Quenton McCallister who is fascinated by Military aviation. That is why his debut watch named the Raider is inspired by historic events at the end of World War II. Notably, it’s a tribute to General Doolittle who led historic raid over Tokyo on April 18, 1942, in his B25 Mitchell bomber.
Every detail of the Raider is influenced by the aforementioned events. For example, the star on the dial pays homage to General Doolittle and bezel is influenced by the iconic Elgin A11 timepiece. This wristwatch was popular with airman and navigators at the end of World War II. Other key features include a beautifully engraved case back (representing a B25 Mitchell on a compass) double dome sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a quality khaki canvas strap. The timepiece also is water-resistant to a depth of 100-metres.
At the heart of the Raider is a Japanese Miyota 9039 self-winding movement. The reason Quenton McCallister opted to use this mechanism is to symbolise how two regions (Japan and the United States) have found peace in recent times.
To purchase the 42mm Raider Pilot watch on Kickstarter for an early bird price of $325 follow this link