In the chronicles of aviation history, perhaps no fighter plane stirred as much controversy, excitement and technological wonder as the Hawker Harrier “JumpJet”, which flew for the Royal Air Force and for the US Air Force during the latter part of the 20th century.
Now British brand AVI-8 have produced a second tribute watch to its memory. The case is made from solid 316 L stainless steel forged, machined, drilled and assembled with an anti-reflective sapphire coated mineral lens for durability and visibility. On the underside of the watch a jet turbine carved case back makes clear the leitmotif of the 4056.
With a colored anodized aluminum chronograph pusher and matching detail on the crown, the 45mm case fits snug thanks to the carefully articulated polished lugs.
The AVI-8 4056 watch houses a Japanese-made chronograph retrograde movement driving day, date, hours, minute and 30-minute indicators via a series of hands, circular discs and registers.
The hour and minute hands are sword-shaped and the chronograph seconds hand is arrow shaped in a bi-color execution hinting at the watches aeronautical DNA.
The watch retails from £230 to £245.00 depending on model.