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September 2, 2019updated Oct 08, 2020

Blancpain – Air Command

By Roberta Naas

Blancpain looked to the original scales and functions used in 1950s military aviation and brought them into the modern era in its Air Command watch. It is a re-issue of a chronograph it developed for the US Air Force; a very limited number were offered to American military pilots. The rugged 42.5mm watch is highly legible thanks to oversized orange-colored Super-LumiNova-coated numerals and markers, and the bi-compax flyback (instantaneous zero reset and restart) chronograph dial design with 12-hour and 30-minute totalizers. Additionally, the actual dial size is larger than the original, and the sapphire box-like crystal offers easier viewing.

Sporting a tachymeter scale on the outer flange of the sunburst black dial, the watch displays hours, minutes and central seconds. It also has a bi-directional ratcheted countdown rotating bezel with ceramic inserts. The rotor of the self-winding high-frequency (5 Hz) watch is shaped like an aircraft propeller and visible via the sapphire caseback.

Price: $19,800 in stainless steel

Contact: Blancpain in New York, +1 212 396 1735,

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