Pilot watches are very much our bag here at The Coolector and when it comes to great looking, and pleasing affordable timepieces in this space, our first port of call is always the guys at AVI-8. Their latest release, the Lock Chronograph, is undoubtedly one of their coolest looking and top performing pilot watches to date and it’s not hard to see why it is already positively flying off their digital shelves. The Lock Chronograph is inspired by Eric “Sawn Off” Lock, a true WWII hero who was the highest scoring British-born RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain.
With prices starting at an entirely reasonable £200 for the AVI-8 Lock Chronograph Watch, you can get a supremely stylish and adventure ready pilot watch on your wrist without having to break the bank. These classy and devilishly dapper timepieces from AVI-8 have an aesthetic inspired by the classic Spitfire plane and combine timeless and modern watchmaking visuals effortlessly. The Lock boasts a clean, symmetrical and highly legible twin-register dial layout drawn from the details within the iconic Spitfire’s cockpit gauges which gives these pilot watches a real sense of authenticity.
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With a 42mm case that is directly inspired by the Spitfire’s famous curved silhouette, with custom flowing pushers designed to complement this feature, it’s hard not to be wowed by the visual impact of the AVI-8 Lock Chronograph Watches, which are available in four different colour ways. They take further design inspiration from the Spitfire’s body, with micro detailing on the case sides that have been included to recreate the panels on the aircraft.
The AVI-8 Lock Chronograph Watches (from £200) are mighty robust and reliable and they are powered by a tried and tested Japanese meca-quartz movement that features a 1/5 split second readout with fly-back chronograph functionality, encapsulating the true art of contemporary watchmaking technology. Completing these superb looking timepieces from AVI-8 is a comfortable, handcrafted genuine leather, vintage pilot-style strap that tapers from 22mm to 20mm.
AVI-8 are one of the business when it comes to designing and crafting affordable pilot watches and the Lock Chronograph is a fine example of them doing what they do best. The striking visuals, directly inspired by the iconic Spitfire plane, really do make quite the impact on the wrist and if you’re after a timepiece that celebrates the bravery of the pilots during the Battle of Britain, they don’t come much classier than this one from the guys at AVI-8.