The guys at AVI-8 make some of the coolest looking aviation style timepieces on the market and whenever they’ve got limited edition offerings hitting the shelves, they invariably don’t hang around for long. Their latest offering is definitely one of their coolest to date and if you’re after a timepiece that celebrates an icon, the AVI-8 P-51 Mustang Hitchcock Automatic ‘Ten Goal Tommy’ Watch is the one for you. It is inspired by an American hero, namely Tommy Hitchcock Jr., the Hitchcock Automatic pays tribute to the Lafayette Escadrille member and national polo champion who directly influenced the development of the P-51 Mustang during WWII.
The AVI-8 P-51 Mustang Hitchcock Automatic ‘Ten-Goal Tommy’ Watch comes in a number of different colourways and has a thoroughly wallet-friendly price tag of just £275 so if you’re after an affordable, awesome-looking, limited edition timepiece for your wrist, you’ve just found the ideal candidate in our opinion. Each one is built from AVI-8’s iconic 43mm P-51 Mustang-inspired case and boasts a crown guard designed to echo the engine exhaust of the aircraft. With a beautifully contoured aesthetic, it has been designed to look and feel comfortable on the wrist.
Heavily influenced by both the cockpit and body of the P-51 Mustang, the Hitchcock’s multilayered dial effortlessly blends contemporary watchmaking sophistication with vintage aviation elements to deliver a clear and legible dial that makes quite the visual statement. Powering the Hitchcock is the ever-reliable and accurate NH35 self-winding movement that ensures accuracy and reliable performance day in, day out. In a tribute to Hitchcock’s heroics outside the cockpit, the case back of this limited edition release features the words “Ten Goal Tommy,” referencing his 10-goal handicap in polo.
The man who inspired these AVI-8 P-51 Mustang Hitchcock Automatic ‘Ten-Goal Tommy’ Watches (£275) was a passionate and patriotic individual, he left home at the age of 17 to volunteer for the Lafayette Escadrille during the First World War. He then subsequently went to school at Harvard, then Oxford before eventually leaving school to pursue his passion of playing polo. He thrived and found instant success, going on to win several national and international championships, whilst also representing the US in the Olympics.
Securing these impactful looking timepieces to the wrist is AVI-8’s instantly recognisable padded genuine leather strap, which itself is inspired by the design of the P-51 Mustang’s seats. Given Tommy Hitchcock Jr’s prominence and accomplishments in polo, the colourways of the Hitchcock Automatic are suitably inspired by the various polo clubs Hitchcock represented during his playing career. In the market for an affordable and classy aviation-inspired timepiece this fall – you’ve just found it.