Jerry "Leekster" Leekey, our technical adviser
With more than 30 years of military and civilian flight operation experience, Jerry "Leekster" Leekey has been doing what he loves for most of his life. Beginning his career in corporate aviation, he was later selected to be a US Navy F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot. During this time, he participated in several combat deployments and accumulated more than 400 carrier landings. As part of a Naval Postgraduate Program, Leekster received invaluable training in aircraft accident investigation and human factors mitigation. He is currently employed at a major airline as a 777 pilot and is also the founder/owner of a company that focuses on digital checklist development and human factors safety consulting for multiple high risk industries all over the world. His passion for aviation and his life experiences are expressed in the design of these new MATWATCHES timepieces - they are truly an expression of his desire to create the quintessential pilot wrist watch.
Vincent "Joe" A.
Student pilot in the US Navy, with Jerry as an instructor and a very close friend.
20 years of experience:
-As aircraft pilot in the French Army Aviation Corps. The main mission was French Army VIP transport all over Europe.
-TBM700 Flying display pilot during air shows
-Naval Aviation instructor in basic and pre-advanced training for french Air Force, Navy student and new instructors.
He develops his passion for military mechanical watches as a project manager of 2 different watches:
One for the French Army pilots and the other one for personnels of the French Aviation Customs with MATWATCHES AG3 model.
Currently, he is aircraft pilot in the French Customs and very proud to share his experience with Jerry to develop their friendship and the specific design for this new MATWATCHES timepieces
MER-AIR-TERRE with U.S. pilots : a strong partnership
In the Spring of 2015, we designed our first Naval Aviation timepiece. This Swiss automatic watch featured two time zones and was designed with the help of experienced naval aviatiors, including ex-fighter pilot Jerry "Leekster" Leekey.
Because of the popularity of this watch, we decided to offer a second limited edition of a Naval Aviation inspired timepiece (150 units) this year - again designed with valuable advice from Leekster. We went for a radical vintage look this time, combined with the superior functionality required by professionals in the field of aviation.
Protected by a robust 316L surgical steel case of 42.5 mm, its dark blue dial (sun-ray finishing) with its oversized index and arabic figures in super luminova (BGW9: blue glow white) features pilots' wings at 6 o’clock.
This new UTC is equipped with a unidirectional turning bezel in blue aluminium, with guilted figures indicating the second time zone for perfect legibility.
Our new watch is available for pre-ordering and will be ready to ship by the end of 2017.
You have the option of personalizing the caseback of your watch with an engraving of 16 characters max. This special order must be received by November 10th, 2017.
These one-of-a-kind watches are sold on first-come, first-served basis.
Our watches are under warranty for 2 years and are serviced by MER-AIR-TERRE.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR PROFESSIONAL PILOTS:
Please visit our website for more information.
Go to merairterre.com, click on the top right (« Identify yourself »), then on « create account ».
After your account is set up, please email a copy of your pilot certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the discounted price will then be sent to you and you will be able to submit an order at the discounted price.