THE NEW CATALINA COLLECTION OFFERS THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN PILOT AND DIVERS WATCHES. IT IS DESIGNED WITH BOTH SEA AND AIR IN MIND, JUST LIKE THE CATALINA TP 47.
The Catalina Bronze Swiss Automatic 43 is long awaited successor to the Catalina Bronze Aeronautical Chronograph 41, introduced in 2020 and has been sold out since. Like its predecessor, the 2023 Catalina Bronze will be released as a limited edition timepiece. A total of 300 watches will be manufactured with a guilloche pattern in the dial, available in two colour options of 150 pieces each.
The new Catalina Bronze Swiss Automatic 43 bears the same resemblance as the predecessor. The bezel is made of solid bronze CuSn8 with raised, polished, numerals and stamped minute markers. Just like classic diver watches, the bezel rotates counterclockwise in 120 steps and with a rough, easy to use, grip surface.
The keen-eyed observer will notice a more rounded and wider case than the original Catalina. The polished surfaces on the top side of the case, from the lugs and across the crown guards, creates a beautiful contrast to the otherwise satin brushed case. The 43 mm diameter case is proper and allround.
The Catalina-collection is inspired by the amphibious aircraft, Consolidated PBY Catalina known as TP 47 in the Swedish Air Force. June 16th, 1952, the TP 47 Catalina was involved in the search and rescue operation for the missing DC-3, shot down by a Soviet fighter aircraft. During the search the Catalina was attacked by Soviet fighters as well and forced to make an emergency landing and shortly thereafter sunk in the ocean. The crew on the Catalina survived the encounter. This triggered a diplomatic Cold War crisis, known as the Catalina Affair.
The purpose of the Catalina collection is to find the balance between elements of aviation
with the sea and create a watch made suited both in the air and on the waters – just like the amphibious Catalina.