The only traces of the Air Command past that exist are the less than a handful that have sporadically appeared in the auction market, fetching stratospheric prices, and scattered memories from the descendants of the wider Blancpain family from the 1950s.
The rarest Blancpain timepiece of its era
In the 1950s, the United States Air Force was looking for a high-precision chronograph capable of meeting demanding specifications. Blancpain, which had already won over the American Navy with its Fifty Fathoms diver's watch, drew inspiration from it to develop a chronograph for the US Air Force. This timepiece was offered to American military pilots through the distributor Allen V. Tornek, for whom Blancpain is thought to have created a dozen watches as prototypes. The total production of Air Command chronographs was probably very limited.
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