THE STORY BEHIND
OUR VIRIBUS UNITIS A24

THE INSPIRATION – SEAPLANE TYPE HANSA BRANDENBURG CC

The respective inspiration for this watch model was the HANSA BRANDENBURG CC seaplane with the aircraft identification A24. The pilot of this aircraft was Gottfried Freiherr von Banfield, who entered the list of the most successful Austrian-Hungarian fighter pilots with 9 confirmed and 11 unconfirmed won aerial combats.

This seaplane, like the A11, was stationed at the Santa Catarine seaplane station in Pola (today’s Pula in Croatia), with the nothern Adriatic application area.

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1)  The original painting of the A24 was the basis for the design of the dial for this watch.

2)  The two arrows on the dial at position 9 are taken from a historical instrument for measuring the vertical speed. In this case, the upper arrow shows the service peak height of the A24, the lower arrow shows the water tightness of the watch (data in feet).

3)  On the bezel you can find  the aircraft identification number.

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1) The manufacturer’s name HANSA BRANDENBURG CC and A24 can be found at position 12 of the caseback. 

2) The engraving with the side view of the A24 is centrally located on the back side of the case.
The aircraft identification A24, the cross pattée and the red-white-red flag on the fin are very characteristic.

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The following links provide more information:

Wikipedia – K.u.k. Luftfahrtruppen
Wikipedia – Hansa-Brandenburg_CC
K.u.k. Kriegsmarine