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The PRS-1 "Speedbird" is the watch which started it all in December 2001. It wasn't even called "Speedbird" until shortly before it was available and the name appears nowhere on the watch. In addition to the watches shown below, more Speedbirds are planned. Speedbird™ is a Time Factors registered trademark.

SPEEDBIRD GMT - PRS-22GMT

Time Factors is pleased to announce the introduction of its first automatic GMT watch. Using the same case and made to the same high specification as the Speedbird III PRS-22 further down this page, the PRS-22GMT is fitted with the ETA 2893-2 21 jewel self-winding movement with independently adjustable 24 hour hand.

The PRS-22GMT incorporates a soft iron dial, anti-magnetic movement retaining ring and anti-magnetic movement cover giving a very high anti-magnetic rating of 80,000 A/m, a rating usually associated only with watches costing several times the price of the PRS-22GMT.

Because of the difficulty obtaining the ETA2893-2 at a reasonable price, only 100 pieces are available now with the possibility of a further 100 pieces later this year. The movements fitted to this watch were purchased from the liquidators of a well-known Swiss modifier of movements and have been adjusted to a very high standard.

MODEL
SPEEDBIRD GMT - PRS-22GMT
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed finish
Diameter
39mm, 42.6mm including crown
Lug to lug height

46mm

Thickness 11.9mm
Anti-magnetic
80000 A/m with anti-magnetic movement cover and movement retaining ring
Water resistance
100 metres, also negative pressure tested to 0.4 ATM
Weight
175 grammes including steel bracelet
Features
Screw back, crown tube screwed into case (not pressed), unique serial number
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black soft iron anti-magnetic, white painted numbers and triangle
Luminous
Hour markers blue Super Luminova
Day/Date
Date at 3 o'clock (quick-set)
HANDS
Style
Frosted silver minute & hour hands, orange GMT hand, all luminous filled. White seconds hand.
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
Domed sapphire with anti-reflective on underside
MOVEMENT
ETA2893-2, 21 jewel automatic elaborée version (Swiss)
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Stainless steel bracelet with custom fitted solid end links and centre clasp;screwed links for adjustment.

The Speedbird GMT is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with:

  • Speedbird NATO strap.
  • One single watch travel case.

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Product ref:  SPEEDBIRD GMT - PRS-22GMT - £565.00
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SPEEDBIRD III - PRS-22

It's hard to believe that it's almost seven years since the PRS-1 Speedbird was launched. It was an instant success and examples of the PRS-1 now command in excess of the original selling price, when they can be found.

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Although it quickly sold out, many people stated that they did not buy it because it didn't have a date and so, in 2002, the Speedbird II was launched in both black and ivory dial versions with a date.

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Just 38 pieces of the "Goldbird" were sold with a choice of three different dials.

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  • 2001 - Speedbird PRS-1 introduced - 300 pieces
  • 2002 - Speedbird II PRS-7 introduced - 300 pieces total (black and ivory dials available)
  • 2003 - "Goldbird" introduced - 38 pieces total (3 dial designs available)

The new Speedbird III has been in planning, design and production for three years and is the highest specification of all the Speedbirds with an anti-magnetic rating of 80,000 A/m, superb stainless steel bracelet, tested for negative pressure to 0.4 ATM (to stop the crystal "popping" at altitude) and the crown tube is screwed into the case exactly as found on watches costing many times more.

MODEL
SPEEDBIRD III - PRS-22
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, brushed finish
Diameter
39mm, 42.6mm including crown
Lug to lug height
46mm
Thickness 11.9mm
Anti-magnetic
80000 A/m with anti-magnetic movement cover and movement retaining ring
Water resistance
100 metres, also negative pressure tested to 0.4 ATM
Weight
165 grammes including steel bracelet
Features
Screw back, crown tube screwed into case (not pressed), unique serial number
DIAL
Colour
Semi-matte black soft iron anti-magnetic
Luminous
Hour markers, triangle at 12 Super Luminova C3
Day/Date
Date at 6 o'clock
HANDS
Style
Frosted silver , luminous filled
Luminous
Super Luminova C3
CRYSTAL
Domed sapphire with anti-reflective on underside
MOVEMENT
ETA2824-2 25 jewel automatic "Top" version
BATTERY N/A
STRAP
Stainless steel bracelet with custom fitted solid end links and centre clasp;screwed links for adjustment.

From 4 September 2013, the Speedbird III PRS-22 is fitted with the ETA2824-2 "Top" movement.

The Speedbird III is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied fitted with the steel bracelet with:

  • Speedbird NATO strap.
  • One single watch travel case.

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Product ref:  SPEEDBIRD III - PRS-22 - £470.00
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