Since 2006, the 1st squadron FBW 32, the Lechfeld Tigers, owed three types of private
|The first squadron watch
||Soon after the conversion from a fighter/bomber to an ECR squadron, the wish to document this uniqueness within the wing and within the Luftwaffe in form of a unique squadron watch grew more and more under the squadron members. A short while later somebody came up with an offer of a watch factory which sounded very very good to us. Quite a number of squadron members decided to order this watch. Unfortunately after a short while only we had to find out that - despite of nice optics and excellent materials - the accuracy of the watch was very poor. It was even poorer than the one of the official flyer's watch (because of that many crews had wanted to change to a privately owned watch).
|Breitling and Sinn are coming
In 2002 the squadron decided to project a new watch for the squadron members
with the squadron crest on the clock face. The search for a suitable model
was not easy. Too different were the tasts and the ideas about the price!
But one thing was clear from the beginning: it had to be an automatic
(in contrary to the 322 Monsters, who had orderd a digital "wakener
watch"), and it hat to be very special (because we are a special
squadron). Automatic watches which are worn in different Flying Squadrons
are e.g. the FORTIS Flyers Chronograph, the BREITLING Navtimer, the SINN
Flyer Chronograph Replika and so on. After some discussion, two interrest
groups formed out: Breitling vs. Sinn. Because it was not possible to
agree on one of it, both were ordered:
- Breitling Heritage with a limited edition of 250, and
- Sinn 103 St, also limited edition of 250, but in different modification
states (Ty, Ar, StSa).
Both clocks are not flown in any other Luftwaffe Squadron (where the
Navtimer Kal13 is, but not the Heritage Kal15).
It should be mentioned that Sinn - after a short period of hesitation
- showed themselves very cooperative. It was 'granted' that the watch,
with a limited edition of 250, with identical clock face, could be ordered
in different editions and modifications:
- Steel with/without saphireglas bottom
- Titanium with/without saphireglas bottom
- Argon filling opional and
- Chronometer certificate optional.
Furthermore is to mention that the squadron crest substitutes the 6 o'clock
indication instead of vanishing behind it.
30-50 watches remained in the squadron. The rest went onto the free market
and a larger amount of the Breitling went to Japan.
Both clocks are worn by most of the owners during daily flying duty,
even though its kind of a little bit pitty because of the wear and tear
in the cockpit.
Because only 250 pieces were produced of both types they are a unique
value for collectors.
The CO (commanding officer) btw. owed the Sinn with the serial number
001-250 and the senior ops officer the one with 250-250. So, the first
and the last of the series, remained in the squadron (until both of them
had to leave on new orders).