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Heritage Collection J29 Tunnan
The J29 Tunnan (Swedish for "barrel") is a pilot watch, gathering attribute and inspiration from gauges found in the cockpit and pilot watches from the same era, 1940-1950’s. It’s a watch that has been designed with pure enthusiasm with the ambition to commemorate Swedish aviation and its legacy.
During this era wrist watches was in general smaller in size, something applied to this construction. A slim, 38,5 mm case makes it more dressed and all around than larger and modern pilot watches. The cathedral hands are based on hands in the gauges found in the cockpit, a typical design of pilot watches from the same time. The classic bullseye-dial with vertical brushing is timeless, and its appearance balance the classic flieger-inspired case.
To remain accurate to the 40’s and 50’s, the watch features raised, polished indices and printed second
and minute indices with round discrete spots of lume every five minutes. Combined with a double domed acrylic crystal, giving the dial beautiful light, the watch gives an expression of luxurious vintage.
Material: Stainless steel 316L
Dial: Bullseye-dial, raised index and hands in gold colour
Size: 38,5 mm (diameter), 9,5 mm height, 48 mm lug-to-lug, 20 mm between lugs
Movement: Sellita SW200-1 - Standard finish, freq./h 28.800 (4Hz), 26 jewels, 38h power reserve
Crystal: Double domed acrylic
Water resistance: 5 atm / 500 m / 164 ft
Strap: Blue race leather strap with bronze buckle.
Warranty: 5 years
An aeronautical revolution
J29 was named Tunnan (Swedish for “barrel”) due to its round shape. But in the air, it succeeded all expectations as the first Swedish fighter jet.
The development of the fighter jet began in 1945, and three years later the prototype took flight. Saab had now gone from manufacturing propeller planes to a modern fighter jet in top of its class.
The J29 was equal to the top modern fighter jets manufactured by the largest nations during its time. The technical development was ahead. The J29 was the first aircraft in Europe with swept wings. At two separate occasions its speed broke the world record. During the beginning of 1960, the UN requested a division of J29 Tunnan to aid in the ongoing Congo crisis. The J29 became the first aircraft manufactured by Saab to be used in war.
665 jets were to be manufactured, in five different versions. The production peaked during 1954, one new fighter was delivered per day. The J29 Tunnan remained in service up to 1976 and had also served in the Austrian Air Force.