Support the 501 Hurricane Restoration Project

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Neurosurgeon PETER KIRKPATRICK is giving up his job to become a WW2 Hawker Hurricane display pilot. The 56-year-old from Cambridge has bought a Battle of Britain Hurricane which is currently being restored and is having special flying lessons.

Support this project by pre-ordering a 501 RSC watch.

To support this unique Hurricane project, RSC pilot’s watches designed a special watch to support this project. You have the possibility to be one of the first to pre-order this timepiece. The first 30 supporters will also get a special price.

We need a least 50 supporters before the watch will be made. You can follow the campaign online. When you pre-ordered and the target is not reached, you will get your money back. Delivery period after starting up the production will be 16 weeks.



V7497 Restoration to fly

RAF 501 Squadron Hawker Hurricane SD-X Battle Of Britain 1940

Hawker Hurricane V7497 was only a few weeks old when it was shot down in combat over Kent during the Battle of Britain in 1940. It was identified during aviation archeology and key components were recovered from this historically significant airframe which prompted the decision to restore to flying condition. V7497 will have a ‘nut and bolt’ restoration and will retain ‘period’ correct and authentic parts including ‘unobtainium’ such as the IFF box.

Hawker Restorations, along with sister company AJD Engineering, has rebuilt and restored numerous WWI and WWII aircraft, from static museum exhibits to fully airworthy flying machines; indeed they have worked on every one of the 13 Hawker Hurricanes currently flying in the world.

We will photograph and film various stages of the restoration and key moments in the build-up to the first engine runs and first flight… stay tuned and follow us on Twitter @501Hurricane.

The Rolls Royce Merlin Mk.III engine for V7497 has now been rebuilt by Eye Tech Engineering. Eye Tech Engineering are a Suffolk based company with over 10 years experience in the overhaul of Rolls Royce Merlin Engines. The overhaul of Merlin Engines is a process that is usually undertaken over a 12 month period. Some examples of their overhauled Merlin engines can be found in the Hardwick Warbirds P51 Mustang, Hangar 11 Collection aeroplanes, the ‘Grace’ Spitfire, Peter Vacher’s Hawker Hurricane and the Panton brother’s Avro Lancaster.

Enjoy this Vintage designed watch with Swiss movement, stainless steel with scratch free sapphire crystal.

Continue the story below ….


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Strict Swiss regulations: movement manufactured in Switzerland , assembled and inspected in Switzerland, 60% or more components must be sourced from Switzerland




501 Hurricane Watch

•    Case diameter:  47 mm
•    Movement:  Swiss Ronda Movement
•    Crystal:  Sapphire
•    Strap:  light brown or vintage black (±4mm thick)
•    Hands:  luminous hands
•    Case thickness:  14 mm
•    Total lenght: 27 cm  (10,54 inches)
•    Strap width: 22 mm
•    Buckle:  XL stainless steel
•    Case:  stainless steel 316L
•    Back plate: screw down – stainless steel
•    Back plate: with beautiful etch of the airplane
•    Back plate: numbered
•    Water resistance:  5 ATM
•    Date:  date indication
•    Watch weight:  ±100 g
•    Watchbox:  luxury ’leather’
•    Documentation: extra booklet with info about the airplane
•    Designer:  Ronald Steffen
•    Warranty:  2 years (+1 year extra after free registration RSC Aviators Club)


You get a 2 years INTERNATIONAL Warranty: it does mean even if you have a small problem with your watch, we can find a solution for you in the best delays. We have experience in after-sales service so we can deal with any situations. Moreover, even after these 2 years, it will be very easy to maintain your RSC watch as the Swiss movement is a well-known calibre in the Watch industry.



Shipping cost worldwide €15 (or $20 or £15)

The estimated delivery time of the product depends on your country.

Please be aware that international customers are still responsible for duties charged by their respective countries. You can have more information

For US backers: no import taxes for watches under $800 value.


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Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration update – November 2016 – Fuselage & Airframe

The fuselage of Hawker Hurricane V7497 SD-X is now being covered with the fabric; this will complete this restoration stage of the fuselage airframe.

Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration update - November 2016

Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration 501 Squadron Battle of Britain

Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration update – September 2016 – Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine

The Rolls Royce Merlin engine has now been installed and is being ‘plumbed in’ – in it’s own right a piece of British engineering and aviation history and correct for period as fitted originally to V7497 when built at the Hawker facility in Langley near Slough, UK.

Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration update - August 2016 - Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine

Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration update - August 2016 - Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine

Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration update – August 2016 – Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine:

The restoration of Hawker Hurricane V7497 made a major step forward with the delivery of the Rolls-Royce Merlin III which has been fully restored by ‘type’ specialists EyeTech Engineering.


Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration - Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine

Hawker Hurricane V7497 restoration - Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine

The most produced Rolls-Royce engine type of all time; the Merlin. In 1932, Sir Henry Royce wished to develop an engine that had the reliability of his Kestrel design, combined with the power of the 1931 Schneider Trophy-winning “R” engine in the Supermarine S6B racing seaplanes. The result was called the P.V.12, a 27 litre, V-12, liquid cooled, single-stage supercharged engine. The first P.V.12 engine run was conducted on 15th October 1933.
The prototypes of two other private ventures, the Hurricane and Spitfire fighter aircraft, were designed around the 890 hp (663 kW) Merlin ‘C’. The early engine design’s performance needed improvement but was sufficient to show off the potential of these new low-wing monoplane fighters. By 1937, after significant alterations to the cylinder head design, the Merlin II was capable of 1,030 hp (768 kW). All Spitfires and Hurricanes in RAF service at the outbreak of war in September 1939 were fitted with the Merlin II, with the Merlin III being fitted in ever larger numbers by the Battle of Britain in 1940. First production Merlin III delivered 1 July 1938 – Merlin III fitted with ‘universa’ propeller shaft able to mount either de Havilland or Rotol propellers. From late 1939, using 100 octane fuel and +12 psi boost (83 kPa gauge; or an absolute pressure of 184 kPa or 1.82 atm), the Merlin III developed 1,310 hp (977 kW) at 3,000 rpm at 9,000 ft (2,700 m). By the end of production in 1951, a total of 168,040 Merlin engines had been produced.

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I - Rolls Royce Merlin Mk.III

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I - Rolls Royce Merlin Mk.III

Hawker Hurricane Mk.I - Rolls Royce Merlin Mk.III

The restoration of V7497 is ongoing at Hawker Restorations in the UK with work continuing on the cockpit, fuselage and engine. Attention is now focussing on the wings and tailplane – a huge task even for the team at HR with jigs being fabricated specifically for the task. We will keep you updated as progress is made…

Hawker Hurricane MK1 Battle of Britain 501 Squadron fighter restoration

Hawker Hurricane Mk I V7497 (registered G-HRLI), 1940 501 Squadron RAF.


Hawker Hurricane V7497 - 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron RAF - Battle of Britain

Interestingly, another 501 Squadron Hurricane was recovered in 2010 for the ‘Wartime Secrets with Harry Harris’ TV documentary… 

Hurricane P3059
501 Squadron – Gravesend
18 August 1940
Whitstable, Kent
Pilot Officer K. N. T. Lee baled out

One of the four Hurricanes famously shot down on August 18th by Oberleutnant Schoepfel of JG26, P3089 crashed on farmland, but in the 1950s a house was built on the land and the Hurricane crash site ended up in the front garden. Although the location had been known of for many years, the difficulty of fully excavating in a well-kept garden meant a special occasion would be needed. Just such an occasion came in May 2010 when Pilot Officer Lee’s daughter and fellow 501 Squadron pilot ‘Bill’ Green participated in the making of a TV documentary. Presented by London taxi driver Harry Harris, the programme made for the Discovery Channel features the excavation of P3059 which was organised by Andy Saunders. A remarkably intact Merlin was lifted from the bottom of the hole and the aircraft’s serial number, P5059, found twice on the wreckage, confirming its identity beyond doubt. [source:]


When do I need to change the battery?  Between two and three years. If you pull out the crown when you are not wearing the watch you can save the power reserve by 70%.

Can I change the battery in my region? Every jeweler or watch shop can change this type of battery worldwide.

How can I add something to my pledge? If you want 2 or more watches, it's very easy to add a watch to your order. All you will need to do is “edit your pledge.” This option will allow you to select the pledge you prefer. Remember that you will choose the version of your watch at the end of the campaign when a survey will be sent.

How long will my watch be under warranty? 2 years.

When can I select the watch of choice? We will send out our official survey once a project ends. You will then be able to select your watch and give us your correct shipping instructions.

Who do you use for shipping international orders? We will use different shipping companies, depending on your country.

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