Hemel Air League watch

Hemel has a new watch on the way in conjunction with the League of Watch Microbrands Facebook group. They gave us an early look at the new model.

Introducing the Hemel Air League

The Air League Chronograph is a revisit of the Type 20 and 21 watches that were issued to mid-twentieth-century French military pilots. These watches were manufactured by several companies to government specifications.

The Air League will be powered by a hand-winding ST19 movement with swan neck regulator that brand will purchase directly from Seagull. Sandwiched on top and bottom by sapphire, there will also be a lumed ceramic insert for the 120-click rotating bezel.

WRUK readers will be familiar with the Seagull ST19: the renamed 175 bi-compax chronograph movement which was originally designed and produced by the now-defunct Swiss Venus Watch Company. It powers perennial favourite of the site – the Seagull 1963.

Hemel League of Watch Microbrands Special Edition

Marvin Menke, Hemel’s owner says, “I wanted to take this chapter of Covid-19 where we were all at home on quarantine and really do something special. I wanted to allow members of the League of Microbrands to enter the brand in a way that they never have before. And in so doing, The Air League Chronograph has been completely shaped by this fast-growing watch community.

“Every aesthetic and technical detail was discussed, debated and voted on. I’m very proud of the faith they put into Hemel. I’m very proud of the passion that everyone has brought to the project.”

Buy a Hemel Air League Watch

Pricing opens up at a special $299.99 for League of Microbrand members and after June 30 will bump up to $499.99.

Find out more from Hemel here: https://www.hemelwatches.com/

Join the League of Watch Microbrands Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeagueofWatchMicrobrands/

By Mike Richmond

Mike spends what little spare time he has writing for WRUK; and what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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