Preserving Tornado ZA326

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THE PANAVIA TORNADO
PRESERVATION GROUP

Support this unique project by pre-ordering a Panavia Tornado RSC watch with an ORIGINAL PART of the Tornado integrated in the watch back.

The Panavia Tornado Preservation Group (registered charity number 1163207) was established in 2015 to ensure that examples of the Tornado aircraft are preserved after the type is retired from active service. The aircraft was developed by Panavia, a tri-national establishment (Britain, Germany and Italy), with the prototype first flying in August 1974. Since then the Tornado has served the air forces of Britain, Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia for over 40 years, in air defence (ADV), electronic combat/reconnaissance (ECR) and interdictor/strike (IDS) roles.
The charitable aims of the Panavia Tornado Preservation Group are to educate and inspire future generations of aviators and engineers.

WATCH DESIGN

You can choose between 3 different straps: black leather, stainless steel or silicone

Discover this beautiful watch and reserve yours today!

Watch movements made in Switzerland are the best in the world. They have a long tradition of being incredibly precise, resistant and compact. Up until now, their quality is unequalled.

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

SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL: All watches have a scratch resistant sapphire crystal which guarantees a beautiful watch for years to come

CASE BACK: WITH AN ORIGINAL PART OF TORNADO ZA326 AIRCRAFT SKIN

Behind mineral glass we will integrate an original piece of Tornado ZA326 wing in the back of the watch. The Panavia Tornado Preservation Group logo and aircraft serial number will be engraved on the part.

 

 

DIAL

The blue dial, with red and white accents, is inspired by the famous ‘raspberry ripple’ paint scheme worn by Tornado ZA326.

The hands and white dots are luminous and readable in the dark.

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The coat of arms of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) is proudly displayed at the 12 o’clock position. Tornado ZA326 was delivered to RAE Bedford in 1983.

BOX
The watch will be delivered in this luxurious black watch box.

TORNADO ZA326 Chronograph Watch

Case diameter: 45 mm
Movement: Swiss Ronda Movement Chronograph
Crystal: Sapphire AR (anti-reflection)
Strap: black leather (±4mm thick) or stainless steel
Hands: luminous hands
Case thickness: 14 mm
Total watch + strap 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 an original part of the airplane wing integrated
Back plate: numbered
Water resistance: 5 ATM (not for swimming or diving)
Date: date indication
Watch weight: ±100 g
Watchbox: luxury ’leather’ box
Documentation: extra booklet with info about the airplane project
Designer: Ronald Steffen
Warranty: 2 years (+1 year extra after free registration RSC Aviators Club)

ABOUT US

Sqn Ldr Ed Strongman and Flt Lt Daz James after the delivery flight to RAE Bedford on 26th May 1983

PROJECT BACKGROUND

We are the only organisation in the world dedicated to preserving the Panavia Tornado. Staffed entirely by volunteers we are proud owners of a unique Tornado GR.1P aircraft, which is on public display at the South Wales Aviation Museum.

The Panavia Tornado Preservation Group are keen for students to experience Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) subjects first hand. Aviation is the perfect field to showcase how these subjects intertwine, and our aircraft has been used to educate a wide range of age ranges, from primary school children to university engineering students.

As a charity we don’t receive any Government or state funding, which is why we ask for donations from the public.

You get a 2 years INTERNATIONAL Warranty: it does mean even if you have a small problem with your watch, we will quickly be able to find a solution for you. 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 £10 (or ±€11 or ±$13)

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.

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

Tornado ZA326

The Panavia Tornado Preservation Group are proud owners of ZA326, the world’s only Tornado GR.1P aircraft.

ZA326 (cn 016/BT006/3008) was the eighth production Panavia Tornado, and one of the initial 23 RAF IDS aircraft to be built to Batch 1 standard, intended for TTTE. Construction begun in July 1979 and a number of engine runs were performed at BAE Systems Warton between 15th-22nd July 1980 before an APU fire destroyed the rear of the aircraft on 30th July 1980.

ZA326 spent its entire 22-year career as a trials aircraft, taking part in the development of terrain-following radar, all-weather approach, cockpit voice recognition and stores/weapons carriage research. In 1997 it flew a DB-110 camera in a demo pod, a capability which was subsequently developed into the Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for TORnado (RAPTOR).

On its final flight on 13th December 2005, ZA326 was the last Tornado GR.1 flying anywhere in the world.

ZA326 was stored at MoD Boscombe Down, until being purchased by the Panavia Tornado Preservation Group in 2013. It is now on public display at the South Wales Aviation Museum, where restoration continues.

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