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A NEW GRAHAM CHRONOFIGHTER WILL BENEFIT THE NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION.
On board the intrepid, the New York City-based aircraft carrier that now serves as a military and maritime history museum, Graham CEO Eric Loth recently joined Rear Admiral Tom Brown (USN ret.) and Robin King, Navy SEALs Foundation CEO, as they released the Chronofighter Oversize Navy SEAL Foundation limited edition. For each watch sold, Graham will make a donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that supports the Naval Special Warfare Community and its families.
Donations generated through these sales will support the Foundation’s mission of honor and support by helping to sustain warrior support and family service programs, tragedy assistance, survivor support, educational opportunities, and legacy preservation.
Graham fans will recognize the watch’s Chronofighter profile, typified by the large case, left-side crown and start/stop trigger, here made of black carbon and steel.
“The dial is a new pattern changed three years ago to help the military better recognize the camouflage of the different forces,” explains Loth. “All of the American troops wear this ‘digi-camo’ and as far as we are aware, we are the first watch with this pattern of the dial.”
Loth adds that following a military collaboration in England with its SAS several years ago, he and the Graham team decided to do something similar in the United States that benefited military personnel and their families.
“I really wanted to make it work here,” he explains. “Graham has always had a military history, with our Black Arrow series that was very successful. We made a hundred pieces, and we still get collectors who ask me if we still make the SAS watch. This year we even made another version of that watch. We’ve had a lot of success with the Chronofighter series as a military-inspired watch.”
The 47mm steel/black PVD case features a black rubber “Clous de Paris” high grip pattern, a black ceramic bezel and domed sapphire crystal, a gray digital camouflage dial with Navy SEAL Foundation insignia at 11 o’clock and a telemeter scale. The dial’s black SuperLuminova is low light so it doesn’t give away the position of any soldier wearing one. Inside is an ETA Valjoux-based G1747 automatic chronograph movement.
For this new 500-piece limited edition, Graham decorated the crystal caseback with an American flag and a white Navy SEAL Foundation logo.
“We were drawn to the Navy SEAL Foundation because of their excellent work supporting those who give so much to support others. We decided not to raise the price of the watch because it is a donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation,” Loth explains. “The customer will find that this watch is priced the same as any Black Arrow Chronofighter.” In addition, the Foundation gives fully ninety-two percent of its earnings directly to military families. The Foundation’s efficiency helped convince Loth to close the deal and initiate the fundraising component of the new collection.
“The Navy SEAL Foundation is humbled by Graham’s generous commitment of support to the warriors and families of Naval Special Warfare through the creation and sale of this very beautiful limited edition timepiece,” said Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation. For more information, visit navySEALfoundation.org or facebook.com/ navySEALfoundation.
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