The best watches are those with classic story behind them – a vintage tradition or old-time feel. Pilot and aviators’ watches are the classic example – classic designs that evoke that old-time feel but feel at home with modern EDC kits too. None represents this idea better than the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Turbine Edition.
Inspired by and named for the iconic Harrier fighter jet, AVI-8’s watch is a classic stainless-steel pilot watch, with split-timing chronograph. The multi-layered dial is designed to reflect the look and feel of aircraft instruments, with “razor like finish” on the watch hands. The multiple spinning discs of the AV 4051 split-time chronograph evoke the Hawker Harrier’s engines and turbines (hence the Turbine Edition) and the superbly-polished stainless steel case is detailed on the back with a design like that of the Harrier’s jet engines. A Japan Quartz movement finishes off this lovely timepiece.
The Hawker Harrier II is one of AVI-8’s finest and most popular watch designs, and it actually comes in more than 20 different editions. We think the Turbine Edition – available in Green, Black and a Gunmetal-type grey – is the most classic and aviation-inspired. The Pegasus is another beautiful model. All come with a Genuine Leather strap, and you can choose a Roller Buckle Strap, Rally strap or Leather Cordura strap. They all make sleek additions to your EDC kit or any sharp outfit.