Officially partnering with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, William Wood watches is creating a special one-of-a-kind watch that will go up for auction with all proceeds going to the 9/11 charity. Tunnel to Towers provides mortgage-free homes to United States catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, as well as to Gold Star and fallen first-responder families with young children.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the foundation, as well as the 20th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks, in which so many fire fighters died. In fact, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation was begun to honor the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. With this 20 Years of Doing Good motto in mind this year, the Foundation is promising to deliver 200 mortgage payoffs or mortgage-free homes by the year’s end. The proceeds raised by the sale of the commemorative William Wood watch will go to the Fallen First Responder Home program. It is not a stretch by any means that William Wood creates this watch. After all, the British brand’s very premise is all about helping fire fighters.
William Wood uses fire hoses that have been used by British fire fighters and are no longer useable. The brand cuts them and insets them into its rubber straps in a sustainable program that also pays homage to first responders. The founder of the brand is the grandson of fire fighter William Wood, who was awarded a Certificate of Merit for saving the lives of children in a fire in the 1960’s. A portion of the proceeds of its Valiant and Triumph collections goes to benefit first responders.
The special timepiece made for the William Wood, Tunnel to Towers auction features a “fire alarm” case back – a transparent case back with a “break glass” in case of fire message on it. The watch, housing a Swiss-made Sellita movement and made in Switzerland, also boasts a commemorative New York skyline etched into the glass, along with a 9/11 “20 Years” engraving. The dial of the chronograph watch boasts a fire-engine cockpit design that takes its inspiration from the dashboard gauges of a fire engine.
Bidding for the watch will start at $5,000 and bids will be accepted only in increments of $2,000. The watch is being auctioned with a personal thank-you letter signed by the Foundation’s CEO and William Wood’s founder. The winner will algo be gifted a private personal tour of the 9/11 Museum in New York, hosted by a retired FDNY firefighter.