In June 2013, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) decommissioned their last squadron of F4-F Phantoms after 40 years of military service. The F-4F Phantom has been replaced with the Eurofighter Typhoon.
There are a few variants of the F-4 Phantom II fighter-bomber and the F-4F Phantom used by the German Air Force was a simplified version which was eventually upgraded.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter-bomber first entered active military service in 1960 with the US Navy and having proven itself, it was subsequently used by the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force.
The F-4 Phantom was also used by military forces of several countries. However, due to its age, F-4 Phantoms have been gradually decommissioned over the years.
While military duties of the F-4F Phantom in the German Air Force has ceased, its memory lives on; it is understood that Fortis has created the B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Phantom Edition “F-4F Phantoms Phorever” watch as a tribute to the F-4F Phantom of the German Air Force.
Firstly, the F-4 Phantom is remembered by the text “Phantoms Phorever” inscribed above the 12 hour chronograph counter on the Fortis Phantom Edition.
Secondly, what may also interest those into pilot’s watches is the illustration of the Phantom fighter-bomber at the 9 o’clock position where the continuous sweep seconds is located.
The text “F-4F Phantom II” is below the day and date display at the 3 o’clock position. Just beside the “F-4F Phantom II” is the “Spook”. The Spook is the mascot of the F-4 Phantom and was created for a shoulder patch by McDonnell Douglas technical artist Anthony Wong.
On the chest of the Spook is the Roman numeral “II”, a reference to the F4 Phantom II fighter-bomber.
The Spook has been adopted by many Phantom fighter squadrons and its inclusion on this Fortis B-42 Phantom Edition dial is a nice finishing touch.
The Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Phantom Edition F-4F “Phantoms Phorever” is limited to 175 pieces, the same number of F-4Fs flown by the German Air Force. This is indeed a limited quantity which provides the watch with added appeal as any sighting of it will be quite rare.
Did you know? In 1970, Royal Air Force F4 Phantoms were deployed to Singapore for operation “Bersatu Padu” (meaning “Complete Unity”), one of the largest peacetime military exercises conducted by the British forces.
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