There is a certain something about the aesthetic of pilot watches that we can’t help but fall for here at Coolector HQ and this is particularly true when they’re as stunning and stylish as the Zero West S4-P9427 Watches. Available in two different versions – the original and a blackout version – and a price tag of £2500, this will rapidly become the standout timepiece of any collector’s line up.
The main design element that really makes these watches stand out from the competition is the fact that they boast an engraved disc which is manufactured from the original Rolls-Royce Merlin engine casing of Spitfire P9427 which was recovered by the UK watchmakers from Poole Bay, Dorset. Aviation style is the order of the day with this new release from Zero West and for any man after an iconic, head-turning watch for their wrist this autumn, look no further.
Made With Real Spitfire
If you like what you see with the P9247 from Zero West, you’ll need to move quickly to secure one for your wrist. There are 80 for the original and 100 pieces for the Blackout version being made available and they’re already rapidly flying off the shelves. This breathtaking watch conveys the simplicity of the classic avionic dials witnessed in the Spitfire cockpit and will definitely appeal to those horology fans with a love of aviation history.
Housed in a precision billet machined vapour blasted case and contrasting black ZW DSL lugs, you’ll find a distinct black dial with period numerals and indexes, clearly defined avionics style hands, and a standout red sweep seconds hand. The P9247 Watches from Zero West are definitely right up our street here at The Coolector and we’re not alone in our appreciation of these devilishly dapper timepieces.
For the original version of the P9247, the classic dial is framed by an understated matte black bezel ring and the hands and dial are highlighted with SuperLuminova X1 luminous pigment for great low light visibility. The dial also references the date of Sergeant Pilot Zygmunt Klein’s dogfight above The Needles (28th November 1940), and the longitude-latitude coordinates of Poole Bay where the Spitfire P9427 was discovered. The rear of this majestic watch showcases a disc of the original metal that Zero West recast and machined from the original Rolls-Royce Merlin engine of P9427.
First Class Components
As with all watches, the movement is one of most important features and the P9247 definitely doesn’t disappoint. It is powered by the stellar Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement which makes sure it never misses a beat. Hand adjustment are carried out by a brass finished locking screw crown modelled on the joystick gun platform fire button, which is a feature once so familiar to those brave young RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain.
Priced at £2500, the P9247 represents an investment but it’s one worth making in our opinion because it is one of the classiest looking pilot watches we’ve seen in some time here at The Coolector. Each one is fitted with a ZW handmade vintage leather strap with contrasting stitching and an engraved black PVD buckle that finishes it off perfectly. Limited in numbers, this is definitely one not to be missed.
Limited Edition Releases
Zero West are a boutique, British watch brand from Emsworth, UK. Their limited edition designs marry the concepts of time and place. Their unique designs are borne from the shared skillsets of Andrew Brabyn, a designer, and Graham Collins, a military engineer, the company founders. Their collections are inspired by special moments in British history, and the combination of their unique design and distinctly “British” flavour, makes Zero West a brand like none you’ve seen before. All their watches are only available direct at www.zerowest.watch.