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Made from SR-71 Blackbird, aircraft number 61-7956.

 

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RRP:2,295.00 USD You save:-459.00 USD Pre-order:1,836.00 USD
Limited to 1372 pieces / 72 pre-orders left
RRP:2,295.00 USD You save:-459.00 USD Pre-order:1,836.00 USD
USD EUR GBP DKK

Made from SR-71 Blackbird, aircraft number 61-7956.

 

Delivery from May 2025

  • This is a Pre-order item. Read More
  • Free shipping, 3-year warranty & 30-days return. Read More
  • Secure payments with credit card, Paypal or in monthly installments with Splitit

Description

The SR-71 Habu is a limited edition Swiss-made timepiece made from SR-71 Blackbird no. 61-7956.

This aircraft boasts an impressive record, with 1,454 successful flights and 3,967.5 flight hours, more than any other SR-71.

Encased in a titanium tonneau case, each timepiece incorporates a dial crafted from the aircraft’s inner engine nacelle exhaust ejectors titanium alloys, in addition to a wealth of design elements which embody the spirit of this aviation legend.

Specifications
Dimensions

Case diameter: 40,00mm
Opening diameter (3H-9H): 31,00mm
Opening diameter (6H-12H): 34,50mm
Lug-to-lug: 47,00mm
Height: 12,30mm

Movement

Caliber SW270-1 M SELLITA movement
Manual winding
Black PVD coated movement w. skeletonized train wheel bridge
3-Hands, date, power reserve
Frequency 28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve 45 hours
18 Jewels Incabloc
Accuracy ±6 sec per day

Features

Tonneau case made from grade 2 titanium
Repurposed grade 6 SR-71 Blackbird titanium in lower dial
Super-LumiNova filled hands and indexes, BGW9 Blue
Red-to-black fade seconds hand
5 ATM / 50 meters water resistance
Swiss-Made certified

Materials

Case: Titanium grade 2 (sandblasted), PVD coated grey
Caseback, crown, clasp: 316L Stainless steel
Top glass: Sapphire crystal w. 3 layers of anti-reflective coating
Caseback glass: Mineral glass

Strap

Black & red FKM rubber strap, double injection
Woven kevlar inlay
Width at case: 26,00mm
Width at clasp: 18,00mm
Strap length: 125mm/75mm

 

“Nothing had prepared me to fly that fast… My God, even now, I get goose bumps remembering.”

– Air Force Colonel Jim Wadkins

Aviation legend

SR-71 Blackbird

 

The SR-71 Blackbird is a legendary aircraft in the annals of aviation history, serving as the US Air Force’s premier reconnaissance platform from 1966 until its retirement in 1999.

Revered for its extraordinary capabilities, the Blackbird stands as a testament to human ingenuity and engineering prowess.

After a Soviet surface-to-air missile battery showdown with a USAF U-2 spy plane near the closed city of Sverdlovsk in 1960, the US government realized they needed a reconnaissance aircraft that could fly even higher – and outrun any missile and fighter launched against it.

The answer was the SR-71 Blackbird.

Developed by Lockheed Martin’s “Skunk Works” operation, spearheaded by aeronautical engineering legend Clarence Leonard “Kelly” Johnson, it was closer to a spaceship than an aircraft, made of titanium to withstand the enormous temperatures from flying at 2,200mph (3,540kph).

Central to the Blackbird’s mystique was its unmatched speed. With a cruising speed surpassing Mach 3.2, it raced across the skies faster than any contemporary aircraft, setting records that still stand today.

In combination with its ability to soar to extreme altitudes, beyond the reach of potential threats, made it virtually invulnerable to interception. During its lifespan, more than 4,000 missiles were fired at the SR-71, and yet not a single one was ever lost to hostile actions.

It wasn’t just its speed and resilience that made the SR-71 indispensable. Equipped with cutting-edge surveillance systems, including cameras that could accurately capture the license plate of a car from 80,000 ft. (2,5km), the SR-71 played a pivotal role in gathering intelligence during the Cold War era, shaping the course of history through its missions.

Over time, the SR-71 earned a wealth of nicknames, the most common being the BLACKBIRD. Whilst based in Kadena Air Base (Okinawa, Japan), it was nicknamed the HABU after the poisonous pit viper indigenous to the area.

Though many mission records about the Blackbird have been declassified, the full scope of its operations remains unknown.

Despite its retirement from active duty in 1999, the SR-71 continues to capture the imagination of aviation enthusiasts worldwide. Its legacy endures as a symbol of aerospace excellence, serving as a reminder of humanity’s capacity to overcome challenges and reach for the skies.

  • Clarance ‘Kelly’ Johnson, American aeronautical and systems engineer set up and managed the Skunk Works division
  • Skunk Works development line
  • SR-71 No. 61-7952 air refueling, 1960’s
  • SR-71 line up
  • View from the SR-71 Blackbird at 85.000 feet

A classroom in the sky

SR-71B
No. 61-7956

 

First taking to the skies in 1965, SR-71 No. 61-7956 was a “B” variant, and played a pivotal role in the SR-71 program. Though it never flew operational reconnaissance missions, its contributions as a trainer aircraft were invaluable.

Serving as a classroom in the sky, this aircraft was used to train pilots to handle the Blackbird’s extreme conditions and sophisticated operational systems.

Flying the SR-71 was an unparalleled experience, even during training missions, which were intense preparations for high-stakes reconnaissance flights. Each takeoff pushed the boundaries of both machinery and human capability, making every mission part of something extraordinary.

Blackbird aircraft No. 61-7956 was a “B” variant with a double cockpit, used primarily for training new pilots in the SR-71 program. By 1982, it had flown its 1,000th sortie and continued serving under the US Air Force until the program was initially canceled eight years later.

However, retirement was brief.

A year later, two SR-71As and the B-model trainer were loaned to NASA for high-speed flight research. During its second service term, aircraft No. 61-7956 logged over 3,400 flight hours, more than any other SR-71.

Its final flight on October 19, 1997, marked its ultimate retirement. It is also reputed to be the most photographed Blackbird aircraft.

  • Capt. Dave Fruehauf and Capt. Al Payne with #956 – 1st SRS photo
  • SR-71B #956 On Ramp at Beale Air Base, California.jpeg
  • NASA #831 The triple supersonic SR-71 pilots and crew included, from left, Rogers Smith, Bob Meyer, Marta Bohn-Meyer and Steve Ishmael.
  • NASA #831 SR-71 Takeoff with Afterburner, 1990’s
  • NASA #831 SR-71B Mach 3 trainer in flight at sunset, 1990’s

To your wrist

From the edge of space

 

This exceptional piece of aviation heritage was acquired from Daniel Freeman, Supervisor and Chief of Metals Technology for the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.

With a career spanning decades, Freeman has amassed unparalleled expertise working on iconic aircraft such as the SR-71 Blackbird, the U-2 Dragonlady, the KC-135Q Stratotanker, and the T-38 Talon.

Freeman’s firsthand involvement with these legendary aircraft lends an unparalleled level of credibility and significance to the SR-71 Habu limited edition timepiece, allowing us to document the history of this specific aircraft.

The lower dials are crafted from titanium alloys sourced from the SR-71B. These titanium dials are CNC cut from the aircraft’s inner engine nacelle exhaust ejectors, commonly referred to as “turkey feathers.” The turkey feathers are overlapping flaps that surround the SR-71’s exhaust, adjusting according to the pressure output of the afterburner. They are considered some of the most hardworking components of the aircraft.

Freeman explained that the SR-71 utilized at least three different types of titanium alloy: “The wing skins are made from B120 titanium, while the ‘turkey feathers’ use A110AT Titanium, also known as Grade 6 Titanium. This specific alloy contains 5% aluminum and 2.5% tin, and is referred to as Ti-5Al-2.5Sn. It’s used in airframes and jet engines because of its excellent weldability, stability, and strength at high temperatures.”

By incorporating an authentic SR-71 titanium dial into the SR-71 Habu timepiece, we celebrate the legacy of these groundbreaking aircraft and offer enthusiasts a tangible connection to their history. Each watch is more than a timepiece; it’s a cherished artefact embodying aviation’s spirit of innovation, adventure, and excellence.

When form follows function

Creating a record breaker

 

Infused with a piece of original, repurposed SR-71 titanium, each timepiece carries a tangible link to the history and innovation of the Blackbird and its crucial role during the Cold War era.

A wealth of design references capture the the distinctive design, features and construction of this legendary aircraft.

Limited to 1372 pieces.

Housed in a sleek tonneau case made from one solid piece of grade 2 titanium, the SR-71 Habu timepiece measures 40mm in diameter and just 12.3mm in height. Despite its unmistakable presence, it remains lightweight and highly comfortable on the wrist.

Featuring a lower dial crafted from the aircraft’s inner engine nacelle exhaust ejectors, or “turkey feathers,” the top dial is in turn inspired by the aircrafts exhaust flaps. The dial design mimics the cockpit gauges, with the power reserve at 6 o’clock resembling the unique Triethylborane (TEB) throttle management system, crucial towards ignition at high speeds and altitudes.

Brushed hour and minute hands resemble the aircraft’s silhouette as seen from above, with a seconds hand featuring a subtle black-to-red fade. Swiss Super-LumiNova enhances visibility on the hands and double raised indices.

The crown and guard are designed to resemble the dual engine inlet cones, ensuring easy setting with their deep pattern. A curved sapphire crystal with three layers of anti-reflective coating tops the case, while the exhibition caseback reveals the highly customized manual Sellita calibre 270-1 M movement.

The black and red FKM double injection rubber strap features a woven kevlar inlay, with red stripes reflecting the “no step” zones on the aircraft’s fuselage.

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