Since its founding, Bell & Ross has always been fascinated by the history of military flight and the story of flying heroes; this year is the centennial of the outbreak of World War I. Inspired by the design of the first generation of watches, specially created Vintage WW1 Guynemer limited edition watch, pay tribute to the legendary French pilot Georges Guynemer at the beginning of the century!
Georges Guynemer: Flying Pioneer, Sky Knight
Looking back on 1914, the outbreak of World War I, when flying technology was still in its infancy. The French Clément Ader made its first test flight in 1890, but the American Wright brothers formally made a successful test flight in 1903, and Louis Blériot successfully flew over the English Channel in 1909; however, only a few pioneer pilots had the opportunity to taste the sky, Georges Guynemer is one of them.
Georges Guyneme was born in 1894. He was frail and sick from an early age. After the outbreak of World War I, he aspired to join Rong Weiguo. He was rejected by the French military because of his poor constitution. He has been very obsessed with flying. He was qualified as an Air Force pilot in April 1915, and was assigned to the third Stork squadron. He later piloted the Morane-Saulnier Type L fighter to demonstrate first-class flight technology. Later, he will The Morane-Saulnier Type L fighter jets piloted by them all bear the words ‘Vieux Charles’.
In 1912, the 12th Fighter Brigade of France formed the third squadron in Reims (Hans). When the war broke out, the squadron was sent to Alsace (Alsace) and decided to use the stork as the stork is very common in that area Some pilots even reported that a group of storks flew randomly during the flight, witnessing the deep fate of the squadron and flying storks.
Georges Guynemer was initially assigned a simple task of observing the enemy. By July 19, 1915, he had shot down enemy fighters for the first time as a fighter pilot. At that time, the Nieuport 10 fighter he piloted was more powerful and had a better record. He soon became the best pilot of the French Air Force and was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal of Honor by the 21st birthday. His outstanding talent and technology even influenced the design of Air Force fighters (including SPAD fighters). Thanks to his ingenious suggestions, SPAD became one of the most outstanding fighter aircraft of the French military. He participated in the battles of Verdun and the Somme and was wounded many times. On September 17, 1917, he was lifted off as Captain of the Flying Stork Squadron, but he did not expect that this was the last mission. He was only 22 years old when he died for the country. During his three years in the army, he participated in many battles and made great achievements, including confirming the shooting down of 53 enemy aircraft (and the possibility of shooting down another 35 enemy aircraft). The French Air Force later seized him as a military flying hero.
Established in 1935, the École de l’Air has adopted the motto ‘Overcoming’ of Georges Guynemer as its school motto, and has a commemorative plaque beside the Air Base 701 (701 Air Base) runway in Salon-de-Provence The following words are engraved to encourage today’s flight students:
‘Until you have given everything, you have given nothing’
‘Unless you’ve done everything you can, you’ve done nothing’
WW1 Series: Contemporary Timepieces
In 2011, Bell & Ross produced a valuable pocket watch, the Pocket Watch 1 (PW1), to pay tribute to the pocket watches worn by soldiers during the First World War from 1914 to 1918; the Pocket Watch 1 has a diameter of 49 mm, and its polished case is elegant and perfect. Reproduced the characteristics of the timepiece at that time. Later, when the Air Force pilots were on duty, they gradually replaced their pocket watches with wristwatches, making it easier to read time; Bell & Ross introduced this history as the theme and introduced the WW1 watch (Wrist Watch 1) after PW1; The generous dial size and minimal bezel design echoed the design of the first watches worn by pilots at the time.
A timepiece that might make Georges Guynemer fall in love at first sight
Bell & Ross’s new Vintage WW1 Guynemer watch is an original replica of the military watch design style and technical characteristics of the First World War. The antique copper color of the steel case, the milky white dial, the yellow sand numbers and hands from antique timepieces, the welded lugs, the slender natural belt with a bit of time and frost, and the large pitted crown (for the convenience of pilots at the time. Adjusted when wearing gloves) and other details design, for the Vintage WW1 Guynemer watch with the charm of those years.
The nostalgic atmosphere and the watch style are perfectly natural, and the flying stork pattern at 6 o’clock adds even more historical significance, because the squadron pilot saw the stork logo as a mascot, and the back of the case was engraved with a portrait of Georges Guynemer, echoing the stork pattern, and the dial number The design also matches the 2 on the fuselage of Georges Guynemer; the blue seconds hand is a watchmaking tradition, and the arched crystal glass is cut with high technology, adding a touch of antique watch temperament. This new work is equipped with a self-winding movement, limited to 500 pieces.
Flying storks soar
The Flying Stork Squadron has added the Flying Stork logo to the fuselage since 1914. The outstanding flying skills and heroic performance of the team members have made the squadron a legend in flight history. In 1916, the squadron commander praised Georges Guynemer as ‘the best flying stork’ in the team. This is indeed a praise.
From World War I to the truce on November 11, 1918, the Flying Stork Squadron confirmed that it had shot down 178 enemy aircraft (and possibly another 204 enemy aircraft), becoming one of the most famous flying combat units in the history of the French Air Force; the squadron is currently named SPA 3.
In 1940, the Flying Stork Squadron returned to the battlefield, at which time the team members were reassigned to the RAF 329 Squadron. By 1945, the 1/2 Flying Stork Squadron was established and equipped with a Spitfire Spitfire, and later equipped with a P47 Thunderbolt Thunder fighter. The squadron was dispatched to the Indochina Peninsula the following year. Currently, the squadron is based on the 116 Air Base in Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur and is equipped with the Mirage 2000-5F fleet. In 2012, the squadron celebrated its 100th anniversary. The celebration was sponsored by Bell & Ross.
The flying stork that accompanied Georges Guynemer in that year, spread his wings in the WW1 Guynemer watch today, and paid tribute to the flying hero of the year.
Bell & Ross presents the Vintage WW1 Guynemer Limited Watch to the legendary pilot Georges Guynemer and all flying heroes of the Flying Stork Squadron. This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and Bell & Ross also pays tribute to all flying pioneers with this new timepiece.
Vintage WW1 Guynemer watch
Movement: self-winding movement
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Case: 45 mm diameter, sandblasted grey PVD coated steel case
Dial: milky white dial, numerals and blue hands treated with yellow sand luminous coating
Table mirror: arched anti-glare crystal glass
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Natural Calfskin
Clasp: Sandblasted grey PVD coated steel pin buckle
Price: HKD 32,000