The Hurricane, produced by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force, was a single seater fighter aircraft that featured in the air battles of World War 2.
Sometimes overshadowed by the Spitfire, it was nonetheless the Hawker Hurricane which could truly claim to be the most acclaimed, most successful, most reliable aircraft to deliver Allied Victory in the air during WW2.
The unsung hero of the Battle of Britain – the most crucial of air victories for the Allies, the Hawker Hurricane delivered more enemy kills than any other aircraft combined.
Following a year of research, design and production, the AVI-8 Hurricane 4046 watch, which commemorates the Battle of Britain, according to AVI-8 makes the piece more than a timepiece. “It is in part a wearable testament to the Battle itself.”
The 43mm diameter case is a classic vintage pilot watch shape with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and coin edged crown and hand-polished bezel.
1963 aircraft were recorded to have fought in the Battle of Britain, so AVI-8 has produced 1963 pieces of the limited edition. Each will be inscribed with a unique number.
On the right side of the case is the marking RF D. The RF referring to the famed Polish 303 squadron which was the highest scoring Hurricane squadron during the Battle of Britain.
The flared coin edged crown has a vintage machined look and is topped with an engraved roundel completing the side view of the case emulating the side view of the Hurricanes.
The dial captures the concentric circles outline of the RAF upon a three pronged panel which lifts the 12, 4 and 8 hour indexes. A raised tension ring demarcates the minutes with the lower layer embossed with a subtle horizontal pattern indicating 5-minute intervals in vintage 1940s typography. The hour and minute hands take reference from the propellers found on the Hurricane, right down to contrasting painted blade tips.
A see-through caseback displays the Miyota 8215 automatic movement that has been customized with a cutaway rotor in the shape of a Hurricane.
The Hurricane 4046 comes complete with a double-lined leather Nato strap and is presented in AVI-8’s field box inspired packaging together with an extra nylon Nato strap. The watch, which is available to order online, retails at £340.00
COLLECTION: HAWKER HURRICANE
MOVEMENT: Automatic Japan 3 Hands with Date
CASE: Stainless Steel
CASE DIAMETER (mm): 43
CASE THICKNESS (mm): 12
CASE SHAPE: Round
CASE COLOR: Stainless Steel – IP – Black
DIAL COLOR: Black
BAND: Genuine Leather Nato Strap / Nylon Nato Strap
BAND COLOR: Beige
BUCKLE: Strap Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm): 20
WATER RESISTANCE: 5ATM
WATCH WEIGHT (g): 120
WARRANTY: 2 Years International