FLYBOY CENTENARY 1980s
MOVEMENT : 21 Jewels Japan Automatic 3 Hands with Date
CASE MATERIAL : Black Plated Stainless Steel
CASE DIAMETER (mm) : 43
CASE THICKNESS (mm) : 12
CASE SHAPE : Round
CASE COLOR : Stainless Steel
DIAL COLOR : Blue Dial Translucent Inner and Applied Index
BAND : Cordura Genuine Leather Strap
BAND COLOR : Blue
BUCKLE : Strap Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm) : 22
WATER RESISTANCE : 5 ATM
WATCH WEIGHT (g) : 100
WARRANTY : 2 years International
In commemoration of the RAF’s 100th year anniversary, AVI-8 is proud to announce the 1960’s and 1980's edition of the Centenary Flyboy.
Following the success of the 1920’s and 1940's issues, which have since sold out, the newest release look to be similarly well received. Utilizing the same chassis, and movement, each collection hints at the respective decade of aviation achievement.
The 1980's represented the arrival of an increasing level of computerization in the cockpit. Technology and an ever-increasing array of diagnostics added more digitalization to the role of pilot. New materials and new engineering concepts found their way into aircraft design.
The 1980's Centenary edition flyboy is constructed out of marine grade 316 L Stainless steel. With a 43 in diameter and 18mm thickness the case is perfectly balanced and proportioned. Careful execution of radial and vertical brush finish with slight polish chamfering on the lugs adds to the subtle but deliberate detailing on the watch. A scratch-resistant sapphire lens domes gently over the bezel adding a gentle magnification to the dial for greater clarity and depth. The sword-shaped hour and minute hands feature Swiss Super LumiNova for greater low light visibility and legibility, and roll over the semi-translucent dial with baton indexes on the hour and a zero-hour index at the 12 o’clock position and date window aperture at the 3’o’clck position.
Through skillful engineering and design, the seconds subdial at the 4 o’clock position has been re-worked to show off the display in a gauge like instrumentation readout. This detail alone adds an entirely new dimension to the watch and re-interprets the movement in a new manner adding complexity and interest to each view. In choosing a material or attachment to hold the watch to the wrist of the wearer, CORDURA was selected reflecting the era in which this high grade, military specification material came into wider application. The robust, cutting edged construction allows the wearer a snug fit while being hardy enough to withstand most elements.