AVI-8 is a brand of watches inspired by the machines of some of the most significant periods in aviation history. The watches pay homage to the brave men who flew the iconic aircrafts. Each and every timepiece is designed with the innovative spirit that permeates the world of aviation.

Brand AVI-8
Model number AV-4040-03
Glass Type Mineral
Display Type Analog
Clasp Buckle
Case material Stainless steel
Case diameter 47 millimeters
Case Thickness 11 millimeters
Band Material leather calfskin
Band length Men’s Standard
Band width 24 millimeters
Band Color Blue
Dial color Blue
Bezel material Stainless steel
Bezel function Stationary
Calendar Date
Movement Japanese automatic
Water resistant depth 165 Feet

AVI-8 offers a whole lot of watch for the money. The company produces watches with a vintage appeal and big modern case. The is a big pilot watch with a 47mm case diameter. I was at first taken aback by the size of the watch until I tried it on and how great it look on the wrist. The watch nicely hugs the wrist and at 11mm thickness it is very wearable even on my 7 inch wrist.

The AV-4040-03 features a Japanese Automatic movement, Mineral Crystal, 50M water resistance, and leather strap with additional Nato strap. The large dial is highly legible with over-sized o, 3, 6, and 9 numerals. The leather strap with nylon inset is a nod to the ribbons and awards pilots of today and yesteryear receive for outstanding service. The date windows features an extended five day window with red marker pointing to today’s date. Rather than go with a sunburst dial, AVI-8 went with a matte finish blue dial that is easy to read in direct sunlight.

AVI-8 produces exceptional affordable watches with great aesthetics and function. While the watch originally retailed for $680, the AV-4040-03 can be purchased for a reasonable $188.52. At less than $200, the Hawker Harrier II is great value for anyone looking for an everyday watch.

Great price
Red, white and blue
Well made
Under $200 on sale
Easy to read
Classic design
Military pilot style watch that is bold and stylish
Proven Citizen Miyota 8215 Workhorse movement
Two straps included(Leather with Nylon and Nato strap)

May be too big for some

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AVI-8 Men`s AV-4040-03 Hawker Harrier II Analog Display Japanese Automatic Blue Watch

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Lew & Huey Watch Company and Watchuseek is partnering for a new project watch codename Spectre. The project is based on the Orthos case, but takes several design cues from vintage and modern Omega Seamasters, particularly the ’57 and ’67 SM 300’s.

You may know that Omega brought back ’57 SM 300 in the new Co-Axial Seamaster 300 that will be worn by James Bond(Daniel Craig) in the new bond movie Spectre. This new watch from Omega is the inspiration for the new forum project on WUS.

The project is currently in the development phase as all the parts are being made determine by forum members vote. Visit HERE for more info.

Only 200 to 250 watches will be made of this limited edition WUS project watch. The watch will be available in black and blue, with or without a date window at 3. As a tribute to both the fictional spy and his creator, author Ian Fleming, the logo will likely emulate the square-and-three-braids rank insignia for Commanders serving in the British RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve), the rank both Ian and Bond held in said service. Likewise, our dial text will tentatively include “Commander 300” in script, in place of Omega’s “Seamaster 300”.

Lew & Huey will also make a new Orthos watch at the same time with similar design cues. The new Orthos will be limited to 100-300 with eight new dial/bezel color combinations and limited to as little as ten pieces per combination.

Both the forum project watch and the new Orthos should be delivered around April 2016. Pre-orders should start near the end of October or beginning of November, with an initial starting pre-order price of $350, or $325 if you buy two or more.

via Watchuseek via Lew & Huey

Pancor Watch Co. is offering up a nice affordable aviation Chronograph watch for as little as $129USD. The Pancor P01 is a hybrid chronograph watch inspired by aviation. The matte black DLC coating on the case is inspired by (stealth) fighter jets like the F-117 Nighthawk. The elongated markers simulates the meters in the cockpit. While keeping the design of the dial clean and simple, applied indices are added to the dial for a 3D effect. Also the chronographs are place lower to add more depth.

Case / Bezels: 316L Stainless Steel
Case size: 44mm wide x 53mm long
Case thickness: 10mm
Crown: 7 x 4mm (Engraved)
Weight: 70 Gr
Dial: Matt effect, Debossed chronograph and 3D implied indices
Hands: Japan Super Lume
Crystal: Anti-Reflective Sapphire
Movement: Seiko VK64 Meca-Quartz
Strap: 24 mm raw genuine leather (or Canvas)
Water resistant: 50M/5ATM
Limited edition: Kickstarter founders edition (special case back with serial number)
Warranty: 2 years

Head over to Kickstarter to back this campaign HERE

Created by Mark Demos, the founder of the company and teamed with John Cupit, at the time a car design Director for Nissan Design America in La Jolla, to develop watches with a “cruiser” motorcycle design in mind. The company produces watches with a motorcycle themed design. The company currently has two models, the chain watch and the tread watch. The two watches come with various color dials and bracelets as well as brush and polished finishes.

The Tread Watch features a tread like rubber tire strap with a square case. The watch is heavy, rugged and perfect for the biker or watch enthusiast. At only $150 the tread watch is a serious bargain for fans of unique and tough watches.

Demos Chain watch concept is based around the motorcycle chain with added elements of bike parts added to it. The concept is original and different than any other watch on the market. The chain watch is priced an affordable $225. Those that have a love for classic motorcycles and watches will like the watches from Demos watch co.

Head over to Demos Watches to order your very own watch HERE

Here we preview a new unique designed watch from Don Kylne & Co watches. The company has produced some prototypes and plan to launch on Indiegogo(We will post a link once it goes live) in the near future. Don Kylne watch was started by a bunch of guys that ran their own businesses away from their hometowns for a large part of their lives. The principles the company follows are life, modern, classic designs and the best quality.

Drawing from life, life is not fair or square and neither is it a smooth circle. The cushion case represents the ups and downs of life. The second hand is placed in a corner, symbolising how time passes us by, unconsciously slipping out of our grasp. The company inject a modern touch into a well loved classic template. The Don Kylne &Co. Watch was made with quality in mind with quality materials that last for generations.

The Don Kylne &Co. features a 40.5mm case, Domed Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal, Automatic Miyota 82xx series movement, 50m water resistance, 22mm Leather Strap and Genuine Leather Custom Selected Strap with Butterfly Deployant Clasp. The watch will also feature Custom Designed Flower Motiff Engraving for customers that choose this option.

Rêveurs Comme Nous collection is only engraved in our first collection. The phrase means dreamers like us. Once this project is successfully funded, it would mean you would have helped make our dreams into reality. Therefore this phrase will only be engraved for this first collection and never repeated. Thus, making this first collection more valuable in future.

The pricing will be around $300USD early bird on Indiegogo with a retail price of $450USD. Each watch to be individually numbered from 001-500.

Check out Don Kylne &Co. website HERE and follow them on Facebook HERE

Everwood Watch Co. is launching it’s first line of wood watches on Kickstarter. The watches come in three color choices: Maple, Red Sandalwood, and Black Sandalwood. The Kylemore uses the highest quality of sourced wood and the grain of wood makes each timepiece a one-of-a-kind. The Everwood Kylemore uses a special treatment that protects the wood from water and sweat. The watch can be submerged to 30 meters (approximately 100 ft.) under water. Each timepiece is backed by a 24 month warranty. Watches start as low as $89.

Bezel Material: Natural Wood (Watches may have a slight variation in color due to natural wood)
Case Material: Natural Wood (Watches may have a slight variation in color due to natural wood)
Case Diameter: 45mm wide by 10mm thick (this makes it a great size and gives a sleek, low profile on your wrist)
Face Material: Hardened Mineral Glass (Very durable and high quality to help protect against scratches and breaking)
Band Material: Natural Wood (Watches may have a slight variation in color due to natural wood)
Band Width: 24mm wide
Band Length: 210mm (with 6 adjustable push pin links to help fit any size wrist)
Movement: Japanese Miyota Quartz 3 hand with date (a great movement trusted and featured in many top brand watches)
Display: Analog with Date Function
Water Resistant: 30 meters (Not water proof), not recommended to spend a prolonged amount of time in the water

Check out the Kickstarter project HERE

Calvin Jr Watches recently sent prototypes of the Velocita watch that was just funded on Kickstarter with 12 hours to go. The first thing you will notice about Calvin Jr. Velocita is that its not like anything else on the market. While lots of Kickstarter projects use off the shelf cases, Calvin Jr. Velocita is a one of kind watch.

Calvin Jr. Velocita offers a bold design with case and dial purposely positioned at a 30 degree upper angle at the 12 hour position for an ergonomically time reading. The curve case wraps around your wrist and it’s 22mm thickness works without looking too big. The crocodile embossed leather strap adds another touch of class to the watch. The case is 42mm and has excellent wrist presence. The chronograph watch has the crown on top of the watch with pushers to the side of it. The CJR logo(also featured on the end of the second hand) is on the dial with Calvin Jr. printed below it. Then below that you will find Velocita and “1/5 Sec. Chrono. The watch features a deployment clasp that perfectly compliments the watch.

The Velocita comes with 6 watch designs based on architecture and motorcycles chassis. The flagship watch will feature an ETA 775 automatic and with the other watches featuring Ronda 3520.D quartz movement. The six watches include the automatic C3PO-1, Carbon, and quartz Fire Red, USO, Army, and Spacecraft.

The Kickstarter projects that catch my eye are ones that are innovative with their design and offer real value. Calvin Jr. Velocita checks all the marks that I want in a bold new watch in a market with so many copycats. Calvin Jr. Velocita is an affordable watch with bold designs cues and features that matter to watch enthusiasts.

Pledge now to the Kickstarter project HERE

AVI-8 and Worn & Wound have collaborated on a new watch. The watch will be made by AVI-8 and designed by Worn & Wound. The WANDW1 was inspired by military watches, pilots, and fields from the mid-twentieth century. The watch will feature domed sapphire, a Miyota 8245 automatic movement, bright C3 lume, a selection of straps and a custom carrying case.

Case: Two-tone, black PVD/brushed steel
Movement: Miyota 8245 Automatic
Dial: Matte Black
Lume: C3 SuperLuminova
Lens: Domed Sapphire crystal
Straps: 2 x nylon Mil-Strap, 1 x w&w Olive Model 2
Water Res.: 50m
Dimensions: 42 x 48 mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Crown: 4 x 6 mm
Case: Padded Cordura Watch Wallet
Warranty: 2 years through AVI-8
Price: $399 (free shipping within US)

More details HERE

Field watches are a great choice for an everyday watch that is rugged and can take the wear and tear of everyday use. Bertucci watches offers performance field watches that can wear in all elements of life. Bertucci has a complete line of field watches that fit everybody’s personal style and performance requirements.

The Bertucci A-5P Illuminated Watch is fully loaded with premium features. The watch features a U.S. patented Durability Certified™ carbon fiber reinforced 45 mm case, tritium illuminating tubes, and several strap options. The back features Black ION finish stainless steel screw down case back. The A-5P also features Hardened scratch-resistant mineral glass crystal, Swiss made all-metal quartz movement and 3.5 year battery life.

I love the tritium illuminating tubes that continuously glow and makes telling the time an easy task even in the dark. Bertucci offers high tech straps that include survival leather strap, Tridura™ Ultra-Duty™ band, DX3® Nylon band, and 2-Ply Camo Band. The band provides water resistance and are super durable to weather the elements.

Bertucci A-5P Illuminated watch is the perfect field watch for the everyday man. The swapping of the straps is an easy task and the watch wears nicely on the wrist. I love the grab and go appeal of the Bertucci A-5P Illuminated watch. Bertucci continues to churn out rugged field watches for every adventure.

9.5 Out of 10

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Bertucci Men’s 13505 A-5P Illuminated Black Dial Black Tridura Band Field Watch

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