|My Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition watch on the original brown leather watchband|
Some Background...Before I owned my Swiss Army Mach 4 Limited Edition, I had seen it only once in a Google photo search. The image surprised me because I thought that I knew all of the Airboss Mach 4 models.
Frustratingly, there were practically no details available about this rare watch. Victorinox Swiss Army has a vacuum of information about watches in this era. It was the dark days of the internet so maybe we can forgive them.
After years of searching, this unicorn of a watch eventually blipped on my "Watch Radar". This is my homegrown system of robotic auction searches, helpful tracking software and my obsessive personality when it comes to finding timepieces. I bought this rare watch from a salesman who used to work merchandise trade shows around the world, which is probably how he had possession of it as a promotional display.
Unfortunately, I only got the watch and not the other items that came with it. I'm usually a stickler for things like that, but decided to buy it anyway because I thought I might not see another anytime soon. Luckily, I know another owner and he sent me photos of the special box and the contents including a certificate of authenticity, numbered card, and user manual. Thanks Scott!
|The special edition box for the Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition. Only the brown strap is original.|
|What came in the box for the Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition|
- It was released in 2003
- It is authentic
- The MSRP was $650
- It came with a limited edition box, numbered card, user manual and certificate of authenticity
- It was a Europe-only model (MIGHT BE WRONG)
- There was no special meaning to the yellow sub-dial (DEFINITELY WRONG)
|The included card told more information about the Limited Edition Airboss Mach 4 than customer service did|
|This card shows the model number of the watch V 25078, and its number in the series (21/50).|
|A better view of the blue screws used in the Unitas 6498-2 movement|
|The compressor style of watch with 2 crowns often appears when internal bezels are used|
|The yellow dot of the limited edition Airboss Mach 4 really stands out from the rest of the Airboss Mach 4 watches|
Why is it so special?Besides so few being produced, the Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition watches are unique because they were the first of the breed. Also, they look like no other Swiss Army watch, which is the point of a limited edition. The large yellow sub-dial at 7:00 is the distinguishing characteristic that sets it apart. The small red seconds hand also seems to be unique to this model, and I like the way it relates to the red shield of the Swiss Army logo.
|The Airboss Mach 4 Limted Edition has a ompressor style case with 2 crowns on aftermarket NATO strap|
fascinating origin story of Swiss Army's Airboss watches.
|The original brown watchband was not that bad, but I wanted to try something else.|
|Digital mockups of my Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition on 23 mm Luminox watchbands|
|Changing the watchband on the Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition|
|The steel bracelet changes the look of the limited edition Mach 4 to more of a tool watch.|
|Yellow leather comes in a variety of shades|
|I did not like the way a yellow watchband looked on the Airboss Mach 4 LE|
|My customized Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition on a red Strapsco watchband|
|Similar colors as a Ferrari badge, but not a perfect match|
|Probably not a real Ferrari 250, but it looked great anyway.|
I made it a game to take photos of the Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition with as many interesting cars as possible. Who knew that there were so many variations of yellow in the automotive world? I'd say the Ferrari below matched pretty nicely, so my watch's nickname could stick.
|A yellow Ferrari would totally work for me. I already have the watch so I had better start saving pennies.|
|A custom Porsche paint job did not match my Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 LE|
|No match in the Lambo section... bad luck I guess.|
|Mercedes SLS AMG is beast... with refinement, but no color match for my watch.|
|Porsche 914 in brilliant yellow matched my watch to a tee.|
|The imported JDM Honda BEAT.|
|My Spa Yellow Honda S2000. Matching SNJ warbird not included.|
The Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition is definitely a keeper for me. Knowing that I have the 2nd one ever made (#2/50) makes it even better... and #2 is 1 louder than #1, right? Yeah... of course it is.
Sorry, I'm not going to shave my arm for photos of my Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 Limited Edition