The modern classic pilot watch: Celegin Draken

Draken S (time & date): release planned in August 2022

Draken S (J35S)

Draken Chronograph Automatic: release planned in 2023

Draken Chronograph Automatic (J35KSI)
J35S comes with “Old Radium” illumination; off-white in daylight and yellowish green in darkness.
Draken Chronograph Automatic is illuminated with BGW9: white in daylight and turquise/blue in darkness.

The Modern Classic Pilot Watch

Celegin Draken J35S – Automatic Pilot Watch – Time & Date (starting at SEK 6 250 / USD 750)

Celegin Draken J35KSI – Automatic Chronograph – Pre-orders starting at SEK 13 500 / USD 1 500 (list price SEK 15 500 / USD 1 700)

Draken is an automatic pilot watch dedicated to the iconic Swedish fighter jet: J35 Draken (in service between the 1960’s to 1990’s). Draken S (J35S) the next release of Draken following the Founder’s Limited Edition (J35F) with black dial and black bezel. Delivery is planned for August 2022. Each watch has its serial number engraved on the case back.

E-mail to buy/reserve: tid@celegin.se

Description

The prototype version of our Draken pilot watch was bicompax chronograph. Its design was inspired by and dedicated to the classic military pilot watches of the 1960’s and 1970’s – the operational heyday of the Saab J35 Draken. The dial and bezel layouts have clear connections to the classic Heuer 1550 design, but specified according to today’s standard.

The chronograph will be redesigned for a Swiss automatic movement (Sellita SW510), prototyped in 2022 and released in 2023). In the meanwhile we’ve decided to launch this time & date version of the same watch instead: the J35F and now J35S.

The movement in Draken S is automatic: the high-quality Swiss Sellita SW200-1 with a power reserve of 38 hours. The movement can be seen through the see-through sapphire crystal case back. The bezel is ceramic, thereby resistant to scratches, nicks and marks. All illuminated elements have Old Radium – off-white in day light and yellowish green in darkness. On J35KSI, the illumination is BGW9: white in daylight and turquise/blue in darkness.

What is a pilot watch?

A new class of pilot watches came to light in the 1950s with the advent of the jet engine. For commercial pilots, juggling time zones became a head ache. For fighter pilots timing of events and countdowns were a matter of life and death.

The dominant design for many NATO and Western European air forces was the large numerical, bicompax chronograph with a 60-minute bezel and syringe hands. The result: high legibility and maximum utility for getting the job done.

Automatic Swiss Movement: Sellita SW200-1 & SW510 BH b

Draken S is powered by one of the most proven automatic movements: Swiss SW200-1 (equivalent to ETA 2824). Draken J35KSI has a SW510 BH b movement. Both movements have a counterweight rotor winding up the main spring while the watch with the motion of the wrists it’s on. Its power reserve of 38 hours enables you to leave the watch til well into the day after the next when fully wound. The movement has been chosen because of its extreme reliability, quality and precision. It can also be serviced at most qualified watchmakers around the world!

Glass: Sapphire Crystal

The watch has a flat sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on the inside. This enables a nice trade-off between high legibility in situations with glare while not exposing the AR-coating to any potential damage or tear.

Ceramic Bezel

The bezel is unidirectional counter-clockwise to eliminate the risk of overshooting time keeping. It has 120 positions (clicks) meaning that it can be used to measure time at intervals of 30 seconds. It has a ceramic insert which makes it completely resistant to scratches or dents. All parts are illuminated with Swiss Old Radium: off-white daylight and yellowish green in darkness.

Dial and hands

The watch sports classic syringe hands for hours and minutes. The seconds hand is a classic arrow hand. The hands and the numerical indexes are illuminated with Old Radium lume giving a nice contrast to the matte black dial.

The J35S has a date window at the 3 o’clock position.

Straps

The J35S comes in three different versions: with canvas strap, leather strap or bracelet. Each version also includes a high-quality nylon strap.

J35S with canvas strap – 6 250 SEK (USD 750)
Draken J35S with leather strap – 6 450 SEK (USD 800)
Draken J35S with bracelet – 6 950 SEK (USD 850)

Specifications Draken S

ModelDraken
VersionBlack (black bezel, black dial)
ReferenceJ35S
PriceSEK 6 250 (canvas strap)
SEK 6 450 (leather strap)
SEK 6 950 (bracelet)
SEK 7 400 (all strap options)
TypePilot watch
ColorBlack
FuncitonsHours, minutes, seconds and date
Diameter42.5 mm (bezel)
Length (L2L)49 mm
Lug width22 mm
Height13.2 mm (approx.)
MovementSellita SW200-1
Power reserve38h
Case316L Stainless Steel
CrownScrew-down, polished
GlassSapphire crystal
Water resistance100m
BezelCeramic, unidirectional 120 clicks
IlluminationOld Radium
StrapsCanvas, leather, nylon or bracelet

Specifications Draken Chronograph

ModelDraken
VersionBlack (black bezel, black dial)
ReferenceJ35KSI
PricesSEK 13 500 / USD 1 500 (pre-order, leather strap)
SEK 13 950 / USD 1 600 (pre-order, bracelet)
SEK 15 500 / USD 1 800 (list price, leather strap)
SEK 15 950 / USD 1 900 (list price, bracelet)
TypePilot watch
ColorBlack, white subdials
FuncitonsHours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph
Diameter42.5 mm (bezel)
Length (L2L)49 mm
Lug width22 mm
Height15.4 mm (approx.)
MovementSellita SW510 BH b
Power reserveApprox. 60h
Case316L Stainless Steel
CrownScrew-down, polished
GlassSapphire crystal
Water resistance100m
BezelCeramic, unidirectional 120 clicks
IlluminationBGW9
StrapsCrazy horse leather or bracelet. Canvas and nylon straps are included in both options

E-mail to buy / reserve: tid@celegin.se