BK's Willis and Geiger M422-an excellent jacket!

Discussion in 'Repros' started by Roughwear, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    My W&G M422 jacket arrived today. It was posted in Greece on Monday, so four days to get to me in the UK is impressive! BK's customer service has is first rate.

    This is my first BK jacket and I'm delighted with it. Originals from this contract date to the fiscal year of 1940. The goatskin varied from almost a russet to dark seal brown. This one is made from dark seal goatskin, which has much character already and will only get better through wearing. I have compared it with pictures of originals and must say BK have replicated the contract extremely well. The soft mouton is far superior to anything I have seen on ELC naval jackets. This jacket is a size 44 and has room for movement. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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  2. ausreenactor

    ausreenactor Well-Known Member

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    That is nice! Shipping aside, I think you might be playing down your approval of this one?
    Great pics mate. Looks very impressive, And you have the modelling thing down to a tee.

    Couchy
     
  3. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Thanks Trevor. I am very impressed with the jacket. The workmanship is first rate. :)
     
  4. deand

    deand Active Member

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    Glad BK produces a fine repro, and it is clearly a quality item. Yet...I personally prefer the look of an A-2. FWIW. :D









    dean
     
  5. 767fo

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    Really nice Andrew!! Is the hide soft or stiff? The color and grain look great.
     
  6. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    The hide is not as soft as my original G&F M422A, but it will soften up through wearing. It is quite thick goatskin and I do like the many areas of pronounced grain.

    I should have said the jacket comes with a NOS Talon zip.
     
  7. etphonehome

    etphonehome New Member

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    The jacket is beautiful, congrad Andrew.
    I'm seriously considering to order one. BTW, BK is also good for stamp collectors.

    DT
     
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    hey looking good!
    the perfect fit
     
  9. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Perhaps I should add them to the stamp collection I started as a child! ;)
     
  10. Marv

    Marv Well-Known Member

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    your W&G M422 looks fantastic, I knew you would be impressed and yes, the mouton is first rate even better than ELC's current issue which was very nice.

    I have had my BK G&F M422a for nearly week now and have been wearing for work so it has started to break in a bit now but even so, it was extremely comfortable straight out of the box and didn't really feel like a new jacket when wearing as A2s usually do.

    oh yes and we got matching stamps and boxes as well. :)
     
  11. Jeff M

    Jeff M New Member

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    Looking great Andrew.
    I have the same contract...exact same size...on order. Hope it turns out as well !
     
  12. etphonehome

    etphonehome New Member

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    Hi Gents,

    Why do you choose this contract instead of the G&F?

    DT
     
  13. monk

    monk New Member

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    Great looking jacket! My next one.
     
  14. ButteMT61

    ButteMT61 Well-Known Member

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    Andrew, the jacket looks great. Question though. It appears to be a tad on the large size. Would you (have you) ever done the HWT on a jacket, and would you consider doing that here to shrink it a little? Also, did you opt for the lighter mouton? I seem to recall we discussed this a while back and you favored the darker (as-new) brown color?

    Congrats. Glad they're finally reaching customers before the fall season.
     
  15. johnwayne

    johnwayne Well-Known Member

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    Andrew, that looks good - so good you should sell me your original G+F M442!!
    Especially as I didn't think you was into Navy jackets?
    Very nice I must admit
    cheers
    Wayne
    PS or swap for a 44" '57 Cagleco G1!!
     
  16. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Andrew, looks great. It will be interesting to see how it softens up this fall.
    I too am curious why you didn't go for the G&F to compare with? I suppose it depends on what BK is able to supply?
    Keep us informed. Again, looks great!

    Dave
     
  17. blackrat2

    blackrat2 Active Member

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    Hi Andrew
    Looks really nice is it your camera or my eyes or is there a organic feel to the finish,by this I mean the leather appears to have subtle colour variation which I personally love...before you all shoot me down.
    Have to say these BK navy jackets are a serious bit of kit and are more than giving ELC a run for the money IMO
     
  18. KevG

    KevG Member

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    Great looking jacket andrew

    Enjoy !

    :)
     
  19. Marv

    Marv Well-Known Member

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    After inspecting the ELC M422a at DUxford this year and now owning a BK G&F M422a, I can safely say that BK's is an infinately superior jacket to ELCs current product.
     
  20. Ian C

    Ian C New Member

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    I really like that Andrew,

    If the A2's are of a similar standard I may have to put in an order.
     

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