A pilot chronograph inspired by the famous Martin M-130, also called the China Clipper, built at the Glenn L. Martin Corporation in Maryland. It was a plane that shrunk the world, skipping across the Pacific like a rock across a pond in an astonishingly fast sixty hours. The timepiece’s boldly colored dial was designed to replicate the aircraft’s distinctive cockpit instruments of the 1930’s. A contemporary treatment of traditional design applied to both the timepiece’s identity as a pilot’s watch and its palette. A plush engraving of the famous China Clipper adorns the case back. This timepiece is powered by a base 7750 movement that has been modified in-house for seasonal COSC-grade accuracy. Production is limited to 100 pieces.
Base : highest grade 25 Jewel ETA/Valjoux Cal. 7750 automatic chronograph
Modifications : adjusted to 5 positions, Glucydure Balance, Nivarox Hairspring, Incabloc Shock Absorption , power reserve of 46 hours
Functions : Sweep Second, Minute, Hour, Date, Stop Function with Minute Counter at 12-O’Clock and Hour Counter at 6-O’Clock, Constantly Rotating Second at 9-O’Clock, Start/Stop Pusher at 2-O’Clock, Back To Neutral Pusher at 4-O’Clock
*Decorated, modified and adjusted in Baltimore, MD. USA
Material : stainless steel handcrafted by Ickler in Germany
Finish : satin midsection, polished bezel, satin case-back with polished border,
Features : red lining on chronograph start pusher, engraving of Martin M-130 aircraft on closed caseback
Dimensions : 42mm diameter , 15mm width , 20mm lug width
Crystal : domed sapphire crystal with two-sided anti-reflex+ scratch resistant coating
Crown : push/pull , enlarged crown with coined grip
Depth Rating : 50 meters
*Designed, prototyped, finished and assembled in Baltimore, MD. USA
Color : black
Detailing : placed Luminova hour-markers + numerals in yellow, minute-markers + numerals in turquoise, red date wheel , red bordering on sub-dials
Hands : yellow SuperLuminova cathedral-style central hands hands , turquoise chronograph hand with red-painted tip , yellow seconds hand , turquoise minute-counter + hour-counter
*Designed, prototyped, and made in Baltimore, MD. USA
Series : CC250 (Series One - Martin M-130)
Reference(s) : CC250
Availability : Retired once the ‘No.100’ unit is completed for this reference.
The development of the Martin M-130 limited edition was born on the wings of a grand dame aircraft. Named after the original Martin M-130 aircraft that opened the skies above the Pacific to commercial flights, the M-130 aircraft, and now Towson’s pilot watch that honors it can both be called by their nickname “China Clipper.” Like the Pride II, Towson’s China Clipper features an engraving of the original aircraft on the back. And unlike the tendencies of several modern brands there are no bits or bobs of metal or fabric from the seat of the original aircraft hidden away on this watch. And there’s no DNA from the first test-pilot to get off the water with the M-130. What you have is an authentic and inspired expression of a pilot’s watch that adds a dash of color to an all too often monochromatic type.
Availability : This reference has one series and is still available.
Distribution : exclusively available for purchase here
Shipping : Fedex Priority
Cost : free + zero liability to you
Returns : no returns
Warranty : lifetime (must be located in the official TWC customer registrar)
Customization : strap