The U.S. Navy SEALs call to mind several iconic images: Black-clad frogmen who swim from America to their destination halfway across the world; tiger-striped jungle fighters in Vietnam; and wild-eyed commandos who endure training from hell to become the ultimate warriors. These are only slightly romanticised; actual SEALs are intended to be all three. And with the release of the Chronofighter Oversize Navy SEAL Foundation limited edition watch, Graham honours this most legendary division of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Like the elite soldiers, the Navy SEAL Chronofighter overflows with brawny confidence, from its buff 47mm steel case in black PVD to its signature fast-action chronograph trigger in lightweight carbon fibre. The pixelated camouflage motif on the dial is a modern military inclusion, adopted by combatants to better hide from satellite tracking, while the black lumed hands allow for the subtlest readability at night. Greyscaling in all areas completes the stealth aesthetic, save for a vibrant explosion on the case back in patriotic red, white, and blue. The watch is rounded out with a 48-hour power reserve, date display, and a “tacticool” telemeter along the periphery of the dial – also known as a rangefinder, it’s used to measure distances to objects (oftentimes the enemy) by timing how long sound from the target reaches your location.
Limited to 500 pieces, each sale of the Navy SEAL Chronofighter will see Graham making a donation to the non-profit Navy SEAL Foundation, in support of programs that help troops cope with the personal and collateral effects of conflict.
This article was originally published in Men’s Folio Magazine February 2016