DALTON is developed and designed in close cooperation with Swedish fighter pilots AT the 212TH FIGHTER JET SQUADRON, CALL SIGN 'DALTON'. The watches are designed to endure tough military conditions and pay tribute to the Swedish fighter jet heritage. The design is fully inspired by Swedish historical fighter jets that has been used by the Swedish Air Force throughout the years.
MALM Dalton case model in 316L stainless steel, 41 mm * 50 mm, 3 piece construction (case, bezel, caseback).
316L Stainless Steel
Screw-down, waterproof (10 atm)
Sapphire, double anti-reflective coating, protective coating against fingerprints.
10 ATM / 100 m / 328 ft
SEIKO VK63, mecaquartz, +/- 20 sec/month, battery life approx. 3 years.
Bracelet in 316L stainless stee, genuine leahter strap or canvas/nato strap.
Raised numbers (0.85 mm) and indices designed according to instruments and gauges in Swedish historical fighter jets.
Shapes and design gathered from hands in different instruments and gauges in Swedish fighter jet cockpits. Equipped with Swiss Super LumiNova C3 for best possible lume performance.
Chronograph with timekeeping up to one hour. Center positioned chronograph second hand with silhouette of the Gripen aircraft, left subdial indicates elapsed minutes. date at half past 4. Right subdial indicates hour (1-24).
THE STORY OF DALTON
Sweden is one of very few countries in the world manufacturing their own fighter jets. With over 80 years of experience developing and manufacturing military aircrafts, Sweden has become famous for their state of the art aviational technique and supreme defense capabilities in the air. With iconic and pioneering aircraft constructions like the Lansen, Draken, Viggen and Gripen there is a major Swedish aviational heritage to celebrate and to be proud of. This military heritage has become the main source of inspiration for MALM and the Dalton collection is our first contribution to the history of Swedish watchmaking and Swedish pilot watches.
When the plans to design and manufacture a Swedish pilot watch started to take off, the collaboration between MALM and the 212nd fighter squad division, callsign 'Dalton', began. The mission was simple but challenging. The pilot watch needed to be tough, easy to read and easy to use. It also had to be designed from scratch, without shortcuts, and all details and components had to have a reason and a story behind them. It needed to be available for all members of the squadron without a heavy price tag and it needed a design that was beautiful to look at.
For inspiration we looked at the different Swedish fighter jet cockpits, photographed the different gauges and instruments and started to design a new font combining the different numbers and indices. The idea was to mix smooth lines and sharp edges and give them different polishing and surfaces to create an exciting appearance, an exclusive yet discrete look. Further more we studied the air intakes of the Gripen fighter jet and designed the crown guards accordingly. Rugged metal surfaces was found on the joystick of the Viggen fighter jet and different parts of its cockpit, we applied it as a grip surface on bezel, crown and pushers. The latter is also inspired by the aerodynamic shape of an aircraft wing.
Regarding functionality and movement the choice fell on the Seiko meca-quartz hybrid chronograph movement. Seiko offers reliable movements with high durability, and the VK-series combines trouble-free use with its quartz technology as well as a premium look and feel with its mechanical chonograph with a center positioned sweeping second hand. The minute- and hour hand of Dalton 2 has designed to give the Swiss Super LumiNova C3 lume a large space which makes these hands easy to read in darkness.
The Dalton project turned out to be highly appreciated and spread widely across the Swedish Air Force. Today MALM manufacture and stock several different versions of the Dalton Choronograph for various fighter jet squadrons in Sweden and abroad. MALM has in a short period of time launched new military watch projects together with pilots, flight engineers, divers and soldiers of the Swedish armed forces.