Battle of Britain limited edition watch takes flight


Watch brand AVI-8 has unveiled its Hawker Hurricane line, which commemorates the Battle of Britain.

Exactly 1963 pieces were produced, which represents each aircraft and the pilots who manned them. The company said the watch is a result of more than a year of design, research and production.

The 43mm diameter case is a classic vintage pilot watch shape with genuine scratch resistant sapphire lens and coin edged crown, according to AVI-8. The bezel is polished and designed to give a high-end look.

Running the left side of the case is an individually applied plate that is inscribed with each watch’s unique run number. Down the right side of the case is the marking RF D. The RF refers to the famed Polish 303 squadron, which was the highest scoring Hurricane squadron during the Battle of Britain.

The brand said the dial is an “intriguing mix of depth and detail”. The base panel aims to capture the concentric circles outline of the RAF upon a three armed panel which lifts the 12, 4 and 8 hour indexes, it said. The hour and minute hands take inspiration from the propellers found on the Hurricane down to the contrasting blade tips painted on.

The see-through exhibition caseback gives view to the Miyota 8215, 21 jewel self-winding automatic movement that has been customised with a cutaway rotor in the shape of a Hurricane.

The Hurricane 4046 comes strapped with a double lined leather Nato strap and is boxed in field box style packaging alongside an extra nylon Nato for extra versatility.



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