Today i want to show you a really different and unique brand, let’s discover Airain Watches!
Airain was originally conceived by the illustrious Dodane family in 1934 and rose to fame for its trustworthy, high-quality timepieces. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Airain was one of the selected suppliers (along with Breguet and Dodane) of the Type 20 model for the French Army.
After reviving Airain’s original sister brand Lebois & Co in 2014 aFrench entrepreneur and watch aficionado owned also Airain,making this brand once again the sister brand of Lebois & Co, just as it was in 1934.
Today Airain has a new life. Starting with a new version of the higly sought after ‘Type 20’ Flyback Chronograph.
Now that we have the correct informations abut the brand, let’s discover his masterpiece, the Type 20 model!
Airain Type20 – the past and the future
First of all let me say that i never saw something interesting like this, we are talking about one of the coolest re-edition ever made for a chronopgraph.
Type 20 refers to a specification for pilot’s chronographs issued by the French Ministry of Defense.
The unique feature of the Type 20 was the ‘flyback’ function, which allows the pilot to easily reset the chronograph hand, and quickly start timing a new event without the lag in time of pushing two more buttons.
The vintage and original version of timepiece was a 38mm diameter and 14mm thick case, a black dial with luminescent indexes and hands, a self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of at least 35 hours.
Today the new version has 39,5mm stainless steel case is slightly bigger than the original to match modern standards without losing the allure of its famous ancestor.
The Type 20 Re-Edition is powered by Airain’s caliber AM1, developed and made by Manufacture La Joux- Perret S.A. in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Its black dial, protected by a domed Hesalite crystal, has the same Arabic numerals as the original 1950’s Type 20, with a small seconds sub- dial at 9 o’clock and 30 minute recorder at 3 o’clock.
Hand-applied beige Super-LumiNova color has been carefully chosen to recall the original luminescent material of the original Type 20.
The Airain Type20 is available also with a very nice chocolate dial and straps and is limited to 134 pieces which refers to the founding year of Airain 1934.
This re-edition is really cool thanks to the premium materials used and to the new dimensions of 39.5 mm, perfect for the wrists of our times! This brand despite is owned by new watch lovers has find again it’s origins! The price of 2.600€ is correct for what this brand is offering.
Material: Stainless steel
Height: 10.85mm (without crystal)
Crystal: 3.92mm domed Hesalite with anti-scratch treatment Lug-to-lug: 47.7mm
Caseback: Screw down
Water resistance: 50m (5ATM)
Caliber: Manual-wind column wheel chronograph caliber AM1 with flyback complication Power reserve: 60 hours
Chronograph: 30 minutes
Jewels: 24 jewels
Shock protection: Incabloc
Strap: Genuine Suede Leather Strap Lug Width: 20mm
Where do buy?
If you are interested in these timepiece please check out their site airain.com