AVI-8 announces its new timepiece, the Hawker Harrier ‘Ace of Spades’ Automatic Edition.
The Hawker Harrier Ace of Spades refers to the Marine Attack Squadron 231 United States Marine Corps that flies the AV-8B Harrier II McDonnell Douglas evolution of the Hawker Harrier.
This version of the Harrier was launched in the early 1990s. U.S. Army General Norman
Schwarzkopf named the Harrier / AV-8B’s as one of the most important weapons of the 1991
Gulf War. It continues to serve the needs of the Ace of Spades squadron to this day in various theatres of combat, providing close air support for ground troops and performing armed reconnaissance.
Measuring 46 mm in diameter the watch is built around a sturdy well-built case featuring a flat scratch-resistant sapphire lens. A crown positioned at the 2 o’clock positioned features a start insignia in a nod to the US Air Force insignia marking its namesake aircraft.
The dial of the Ace of Spades is a representation of the best of the AVI-8 brand. Comprised of more than 30 unique pieces, each part of the dial has been carefully designed and laid out in keeping with inspiration provided by the Harrier. The passage of seconds is marked out by a custom modified disc just below the 3 o’clock position and the 24-hour subdial has been constructed with a series of layers and indexes which have been individually facetted applied with brush and polish finishes.
This attention to detail and finishing can be found across the dial. The result is a dial that while offering a clear cut time display, presents a contemporary military industrialized look.
Bold Flieger style hour and minute hands are bold and utterly legible, allowing for a clear presentation of time and are lumed with Swiss luminous for low light visibility.
Through the exhibition case back the watch shows off the custom self-winding rotor developed to echo the turbine rotors of the famed Rolls Royce Pegasus engine which powers the Harrier II.
A robust but supple genuine leather strap with military-inspired stitching hugs the watch to the wrist with a fit that is durable and effortlessly wearable. The Hawker Harrier 2 Ace of Spades Edition will be available from October 2019.
Model: Hawker Harrier II AV- 4070 Edition Ace of Spades Automatic
316L Stainless steel case
Case diameter: 46.0 mm
Case thickness: 14.5mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Stainless steel see-through case back
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Multi-layered dial with Swiss luminous Applied Index
Swiss luminous applied indexes
Swiss Luminous hands
Customized second disc
Caliber 8247 – Miyota
Automatic – 2 Hands with small second and 24 hour
Genuine leather strap
Strap width (MM): 22.0mm
References: Retail price