The Corsair Collection is a range of perfectly-sized dress vintage pilot style watches with a 40 mm diameter 316L stainless steel case. Available with black, grey (silvery) or blue lacquered or sunray dials with Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova® T3 grade A, silver or golden hands and top quality black, brown or dark brown calf leather straps. The Standard Corsair Collection has a seconds subdial display located at the position of 9:00 o’clock, while our Corsair CS Collection uses central seconds. All watches feature a 29 jewels Swiss Made Mechanical Automatic Eterna movements (Eterna Calibre 3901A for Corsair and 3902A for Corsair CS) with Automatic winding, a “Corsair” customized propeller rotor and a Rhodium-plated finish, which can be examined in detail through a sapphire crystal caseback. All decorations and craftsmanship are of the highest quality. Our range of watches in the Corsair Collection has been carefully tailored to match your needs in terms of accuracy, comfort and visually-attractive design.
For our Corsair Collection, we were inspired by the Vought F4U Corsair, which is still considered as one of the most impressive American fighter aircraft of all time, especially by pilots who flew it. Their need was to have a comfortable, yet precise watch which they could wear both in their missions and in normal life.
We have aspired to design our Corsair Collection so that our watches have that “vintage” look to remind us of those pilots’ needs while, at the same time, becoming modern and efficient timepieces which we can we wear in modern everyday life. We wanted to have a clear symbol of that flying machine incorporated into our watches by having a special customised “Corsair” rotor for the mechanical automatic Eterna 3901A movement which is clearly visible from the see-through glass on all the casebacks of our entire Collection. The lugs of the watches are also a reminder of the legendary design of the Corsair’s wings.
From Wikipedia: “The Vought F4U Corsair, also nicknamed “the hog”, was an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942–53).
The F4U incorporated the largest engine available at the time: the 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial. To extract as much power as possible, a relatively large Hamilton Standard Hydromatic three-blade propeller of 13 feet 4 inches (4.06 m) was used.
As well as the U.S. and British use the Corsair was also used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the French Navy Aéronavale and other, smaller, air forces until the 1960s. The Corsair served almost exclusively as a fighter-bomber throughout the Korean War and during the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria.”