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Air Command

Blancpain 2019

ref. AC01-1130-63A
Men's

While no-one knows the exact circumstances surrounding the creation of the Air Command chronograph, developed by Blancpain in the 1950s for U.S. Air Force pilots, one thing is for sure: very few were produced, making this a unicorn for collectors. For those who aren't fortunate enough to unearth an original, Blancpain presents a 500-piece limited edition that looks every inch the part: 42.5mm steel case, ratcheted "countdown" rotating bezel, box-type sapphire crystal, numerals and markers coated with orange "old radium"-type Super-LumiNova® and 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at respectively 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock on the black dial. Bringing this Air Command bang up to date, Blancpain has fitted it with the high-frequency (5 Hz) Calibre F388B with flyback mechanism, that measures elapsed times with 1/10th of a second precision. Turning the watch over reveals the lovely snailed finishing on the movement, and a distinctive propeller-shaped rotor in red gold.

Function

  • Function
    Hours, Minutes, Seconds

Complications

  • Elapsed time measurement
    Flyback chronograph
    Chronograph scales

Movement

  • Movement name
    Calibre F388B
  • Energy supply
    Self-winding
  • N° of components
    293
  • N° of jewels
    35
  • Power reserve
    50 hours
  • Vibrations
    36000
  • Form
    Round
  • Height/thickness
    6.65 mm
  • Diameter
    31.80 mm

Case

  • Form
    Round
  • Material
    Steel
  • Height/thickness
    13.77 mm
  • Diameter
    42.50 mm
  • Back
    Sapphire
  • Water-resistance
    30 m

Dial

  • Colour
    Black

Strap

  • Material
    Leather
  • Colour
    Brown

Characteristics

  • Limited/numbered edition
    500