It’s not each day you get to put on a watch that features a piece of historical past in it. As a self-proclaimed historical past buff, I discovered the all-new Tockr D-Day C-47 watch fascinating on numerous fronts. First, the actual draw of this mannequin is a dial made out of salvaged steel from the “That’s All, Brother,” the airplane recognized for main the invasion of Normandy throughout World Conflict II. Second is the everyday-man success of the Texas-based model, generally. Tockr has a seemingly sixth sense for locating an experimental inspiration to suit its general DNA — one thing even the key manufacturers wrestle with. And third, a portion of the proceeds goes in the direction of the Historic Preservation Mission to revive the airplane.
Let me first begin with some context, as a result of I really feel it’s necessary in my general opinion of the D-Day. I already personal a Tockr Air Defender Silverado: a uncommon inexperienced panda dial variation (pictured above) that I instantly fell in love with. It match a cool area of interest and stuffed a cool colorway hole in my assortment, whereas nonetheless channeling the same kinds of many (a lot) dearer 7750-based chronographs. At $1600, with loads of out there gross sales on the time, it’s arduous to argue with the look and construct high quality of what I obtained. It’s been considered one of my daily-wearers however even I’ll admit it’s a little large for my wrist at 46mm. Slightly wrist heft has by no means actually bothered me, however after carrying it for some time, operating it via the wringer, I discovered myself saying, “It might be good for me if it had been just a bit smaller.” Enter the Tockr D-Day.
TOCKR D-DAY CASE
The brushed chrome steel cushion-esque case comes fitted with a sapphire crystal and measures in at a mere 42mm x 13.5mm. I say “mere” as a result of, to my information, this has been the smallest case dimension the model has produced by a big margin (My Air Defender is 46mm and truly feels greater due to the compressor bezel and crown). The diameter being a extra cheap put on implies that this watch merely appears to be like good on my medium-sized wrist. Whereas I’m not usually against bigger watches as a result of I don’t thoughts some heft, the D-Day offers me the most effective of each worlds, principally as a consequence of thickness and weight.
To make room for the motion and dial plate (extra on that in a second), the watch has a fairly pronounced profile. It sits actually tall on the wrist. Which means that I had to concentrate to swinging motions and the sting of desks. The 42mm dimension additionally comes with a hefty weight, even on the canvas strap. This was a testomony to the unbelievable construct high quality. Whereas the thickness and weight could also be a turnoff for a lot of, I discovered myself appreciating the truth that even this modestly sized watch can nonetheless really feel predominantly masculine and hefty with out being cumbersome.
My solely gripe concerning the case is that the strap felt too low, leaving a barely awkward hole between the highest of the strap and the highest of the case. Whereas that may include the territory of cushion-style circumstances, it was noticeable fairly rapidly when turning your wrist barely to the facet. I believe the watch would have benefited from a thicker-based fitted strap as a substitute of a straight canvas one.
The screw-down caseback incorporates a motif of the “That’s All, Brother” airplane with some typical Tockr branding and verbiage across the edge. The watch options an ETA motion, however I don’t miss seeing one other a kind of via a sapphire caseback, and I really feel that the motif matches the general aesthetic higher, anyway. Regardless of the screw-down caseback, the watch options 50-meter water resistance — a bit small, however I don’t significantly see anybody utilizing this look ahead to any excessive water sports activities or deep diving.
TOCKR D-DAY DIAL
The dial plate makes use of a full circle of salvaged steel from the “That’s All, Brother” airplane, recognized for main the invasion of Normandy. The airplane at the moment sits on the Commemorative Air Power Museum in Texas. Having a relationship with them, Tockr was capable of purchase the salvaged steel in numerous variations. The manufacturing mannequin of the D-Day will are available in three variations: “Gentle Worn, Medium Worn, and Laborious Worn.” I’ve an instance of a “Laborious Worn” mannequin.
Tockr has traditionally used utilized stick indices in its Air Defender fashions. In a departure from that, the model has gone with printed pilot’s numerals for the D-Day — a becoming and well-done function of this watch. I’m going to be clear: Once I first noticed the renders, I used to be involved about legibility on the extra worn fashions, however even this Laborious Worn is beautifully legible, regardless of the hefty “harm” of the dial plate. The indices are lume-filled and truly actually vivid and coherent, one other concern I had in opposition to the character of the dial distracting from legibility. Even the date window carved into the plate is effectively achieved and doesn’t take away from the general aesthetic.
The polished Baton-style palms had been a very good resolution to permit for the pop in opposition to what’s arguably a extremely busy dial. The skinny strip of lume within the heart breaks up the polish properly to permit for actually crisp nighttime legibility. The good function of the handset is the seconds hand. As a substitute of a conventional orange or crimson tip, the watch incorporates a distinctive lumed orange airplane making its approach across the dial.