WW2 PILOT, GRAHAM FURLEY
CW’S GIFT TO A HERO
A WORLD WAR II PILOT WHO HAD A TREASURED WATCH STOLEN IN A BURGLARY ON NEW YEAR’S DAY HAS BEEN PRESENTED WITH AN APPROPRIATE REPLACEMENT BY CHRIS WARD,
Graham Furley, who is 91, flew with distinction in theatres as far apart as North Africa and Burma in the war. His daughter bought him a watch with a gold Spitfire on the face to honour his years of service in the Royal Air Force. While he slept, it was stolen by intruders at his home in Stroud.
«I was disgusted when I read about the incident,» says Chris Ward, «and given our long-standing connections with the RAF, I felt we should step in and replace the watch. Through Erica Ferguson, project manager of the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust, we were able to contact Graham. I went to Stroud to present him with one of our own C5 Battle of Britain (70) Automatics.»
The veteran, said: «I am overwhelmed that Christopher Ward would do all this for me. I am extremely pleased with the watch, its colour and the markings remind me of my flying days during the war.» above; A delighted Graham Furley receives his C5 Battle of Britain (70) Automatic from Chris Ward, accompanied by Squadron Leader Tara McLuskie-Cunningham and Wing Commander Erica Ferguson, who form the RAF Heritage team.
«IT’S ONE OF MOST BEAUTIFUL WATCHES YOU CAN BUY AT ANY PRICE»
CHRISTOPHER WARD’S CLASSY RANGE OF DIVING WATCHES HAS WON THE APPROVAL OF BOTH HARD-CORE SCUBA GUYS AND TIMEPIECE COLLECTORS WHO NEVER VENTURE NEAR THE WATER, BOTH WILL BE EXCITED BY THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE COLLECTION — THE C11 TITANIUM ELITE,
It’s the first CW watch ever to have a case fashioned from titanium, the very light but very strong metal that is salt water-resistant, dent-resistant and antiallergenic. This automatic is powered by an Eta 2824-2 Chronometer and has all the luminous good looks of the C11 Makaira Pro 500 that was introduced to instant acclaim last autumn. A vital addition to the new model is a helium release valve, a feature on all professional divers’ watches, which prevents a damaging build-up of helium in the watch during resurfacing.