In tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Swiss watchmaker Breitling will donate a portion of each Navitimer wristwatch sale to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The 'official supplier to the world of aviation' will only produce 75 of the Limited Edition Series watches. Breitling's association with the RAF stretches back to the 1930s, when Breitling's on-board flight chronographs were installed in World War Two aircraft.
To help launch the watch and mark the 75th anniversary of start of the Battle of Britain, Breitling and the RAF Benevolent Fund recreated a day in the Battle of Britain at the No.11 Group Operations Room at former RAF Uxbridge. It was from this bunker that the air war over London and the Southeast was waged and the re-enactment was a fitting tribute to all those who served in 1940 – the pilots, ground crew, WAAFS, and countless others.
Gavin Murphy, Managing Director for Breitling UK, said: "Aviation and Breitling go hand in hand. On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, what may be the last opportunity to commemorate a significant anniversary with those remaining of 'The Few,' we recognise those brave airmen who valued and pursued excellence, above all else and ultimately in the name of their country.
"We are proud of our continued partnership with the RAFBF, who provide invaluable support to World War Two veterans and importantly, to current serving members of the RAF who uphold the legacy of the Few, securing the skies today and into the future."
Philippa Gullen, Head of Corporate Fundraising for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "It has been the RAF Benevolent Fund's privilege to assist Battle of Britain veterans and their families for the past 75 years and we are so grateful to Breitling for their creation of this beautiful watch and generous support of the Fund. Their assistance helps us continue in our mission of repaying 'the debt we owe' to those who served and those who secure our skies today."