1983 XL Pilot Limited Edition

Miyota 8217 (Automatic)

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Kingsbury 1983 XL Pilot Watch

SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION - The 1983 XL Pilot draws it was inspiration from WWII era aviation. The matte black face, 24 hour sub-dial and luminous markings draw on elements of some of the great pilot watches of the past. Yet the bold numerals, black leather strap (with deployment clasp), and contemporary detailing on the stainless steel case sets this timepiece firmly in the future.

This is a special edition watch that has been limited to just 150 pieces as indicated on the caseback.

 

Beginning in the late 30's and through WWII, a number of manufacturers started to produce large oversized watches to be supplied to Air Force pilots. The large size was functional, as the pilot's needed to be able to read their timepiece with just a quick glance during flights. With an imposing diameter of 46mm, the 1983 XL stays true to these vintage pilot's watches.

To ensure a sturdy build, we used 316L stainless steel to forge the casing. With a total height of 12mm and a weight of 108 grams, it feels and looks great on the wrist. The case has a brushed finish with a high polish on the edges, which gives it a more sophisticated look.Protecting the face of the watch, you'll find scratch resistant sapphire glass. Coupled with the stainless steel case and screw-down crown, this combination gives the 1983 XL a water resistance of 10ATM (100m).

 

In the center of the dial is a large triangle at the 12 o'clock position. This feature has been a mainstay since the pilot watch was first introduced. It allows pilots in the cockpit to instantly recognize the position of the hands.

The black dials of cockpit instruments with their contrasting, luminescent displays has been the inspiration for the design of pilot's watches for decades and the 1983 XL is no exception. The dial has been reduced to the bare essentials and made extremely easy to read. Also present on the dial is a date window at the 3 o'clock position and a 24-hour sub-dial to strengthen the military look.

 

For decades Pilot's Watches borrowed their design from the glowing cockpit instruments of aircraft. Thus, no pilot's watch would be complete without some sort of luminous features and the 1983 XL Pilot is no exception.

For our design, we chose to add SuperLuminova BGW9 which is appears white under normal and glows a greenish-blue during low light conditions (when charged). The striking luminescent hands make it easy to tell time even in the dark. To further aide in reading the dial in the dark, we've added SuperLuminova beads (also BGW9) on top of every hour marking, which is not only functional, but gives the watch a unique glowing design.

 

The 1983 XL Pilot comes equipped with a genuine leather strap with a black finish and black stitching. The 22mm wide strap, which has a thickness of 3mm, is soft and comfortable to wear and easy to put on. Instead of a traditional buckle, we chose to pair the strap with a stainless steel, butterfly deployment clasp (with push buttons). The clasp has a polished finish and has been laser etched with the 'Kingsbury' logo.

There are a several advantages to using such a clasp: They're easy to put on and remove. They don't cause as much creasing and wear in the leather. They're stylish and add more flair to your timepiece. They're more secure as they lock in 2 positions rather than one.

 

It was a must that we use an automatic movement to power the 1983 XL Pilot. We wanted something robust and reliable, which is why we settled on the Miyota Calibre 8217. It's an upgrade from the popular 8215 series in both mechanics as well as decoration. The 8217 is a Japanese movement manufactured by Citizen and will provide accuracy, dependability, and longevity. This is a 3-hand automatic date movement and has a 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock position.

The 8217 employ a ball bearing unidirectional winding rotor that winds the mainspring which stores energy and transfers it through a series of gears and springs, regulating the release of energy to power the watch. The movement runs at 21,600 BPH or 6 beats per second and has about 40 hour power reserve. In addition, it has 21 Jewels to help keep the movement running efficiently.

 

  • Model Number: 83.XL.001
  • Function: Time / Date / 24 Hour
  • Movement (origin): Miyota 8217 (Japan)
  • Movement (type): Automatic
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Luminescence: SuperLuminova BGW9
  • Case Size/Diameter (mm): 46.00
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Finish: Silver / Brushed / Polished
  • Case Back: Screwback
  • Crown: Screw Down
  • Crystal/Glass material: Sapphire Crystal
  • Water Resistance (m/ft/atm): 100/330/10
  • Strap/Bracelet Material: Genuine Leather with Deployment Clasp
  • Strap Hardware Finishing: Polished
  • Strap Width at Lug (mm):  22.00