One of the more unusual trends of the past few years has been the use of reclaimed historic materials in watches. Everything from junked Ford Mustangs to strings from Wimbledon-winning tennis rackets have appeared under watch crystals in the past few years. While the sheer variety of these efforts is astounding, Tockr’s new entry into the ring has earned some serious consideration.
The Tockr D-Day C-47, as the name suggests, commemorates the Douglas C-47 Skytrain cargo planes that were instrumental in the Allied war effort during the D-Day landings in Normandy and beyond during World War II. In particular, the D-Day C-47 is built from That’s All, Brother, a Skytrain that helped lead the landings during the invasion of France and is currently being restored to its original 1944 condition by the Commemorative Air Force. Each of these pieces uses a section of That’s All, Brother’s fuselage and wings as a dial, but the rest of the design is an intriguing concoction from Tockr themselves.
Unusually for a watch centered so much around aviation, the D-Day C-47 starts with a cushion case that at first glance would seem more classic Seiko diver than World War II aviator. However, the 42-millimeter case is a sporty and handsome choice and should certainly carry some presence on the wrist. Around back, the engraved case back will feature That’s All, Brother’s nose art as it appears on the plane itself, adding an extra layer of connection to history.