About This Watch:
At the request of Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Air Force, Seiko produced the RAF 7T27-A20 Chronograph timepiece for the British Military during the 1990s. The watch design followed the needs required by the Ministry of Defense. It included a quartz chronograph movement, a sand-blasted case with fixed military bars, and the unique use of Promethium lume on the dial.
The History: Seiko began its rich history in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori opened a shop repairing and selling watches in central Tokyo. Eleven years later, he opened a factory called the Seikosha Factory and began building wall clocks and pocket watches. After an earthquake and fire destroyed the original factory, Hattori reopened with a new vision, which became the beginnings of what we know as Seiko today. A true pioneer in watchmaking, Seiko developed the first Japanese-made divers watch.
The Watch: The RAF GEN2 Chronograph features a sand-blasted 38mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal and is powered by Seiko’s quartz chronograph 7T27 movement. The matte black dial features three registers at the 12, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, Promethium lume on the hour markers, hands and numerals, and a date window at the 4 o’clock position. The case back features the British Military Issue numbers and the Broad Arrow marker.
The Details: This Seiko RAF GEN2 Chronograph 7T27-A20 dates to 1996, based on the case back markings. The case and lugs appear to be unpolished and in a condition consistent with the age of this timepiece and are visible in the photographs. Included with this timepiece is an aftermarket canvas NATO strap.