The Eagle Squadrons were three fighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force (RAF) formed with volunteer pilots from the United States during the early days of World War II (prior to America’s entry into the war in December 1941). By 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbour, the Americans had joined the war effort, and the three squadrons formed were transferred to the United States Air Force. Nonetheless, the bravery, sacrifice by a small group of Americans has not been forgotten and is commemorated by The Eagle Squadrons Memorial located in Grosvenor Square opposite a statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The AVI-8 Flyboy Eagle Squadron Bronze Automatic Limited Edition pays tribute to the Eagle Squadron through a vintage pilot watch forged out of a classic silhouette. It is imagined with both history and technology, creating a timepiece that is a perfectly wearable homage to this chapter in the heroism of military aviation.
A 39mm diameter case with a 22mm lug width sits comfortably on the wrist in a proportion true to the pilot watches worn during the war. As these timepieces cases are bronze, it may develop a layer of oxidization over the surface of the case known as patina. A flat sapphire lens with anti-reflective coating offers a scratch-resistant clear window to the dial.
The dial itself offers legibility and clarity with the matt finish complemented by multiple layers of Swiss luminous painted on hour indexes. Blunt shape hands for the hour and minute display are also generously lumed for low-light visibility.
The Eagle Squadron is powered by a custom modified Seiko TMI NH35 self-winding automatic and is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The watch hugs the wrist with a vintage, horizontal hand-stitched leather strap but also comes packed with another supple yet sturdy genuine leather NATO strap.
Limited to 300 pieces, this uniquely elegant timepiece comes packed in a handsome canvas-covered field like box along with a brass plated plaque, extra strap and strap changing tool, making for a superb watch appealing to enthusiasts and collectors alike.
Flyboy AV- 4071
Edition: Eagle Squadron Bronze Automatic Limited Edition
CuSn bronze case
Diameter: 39.0 mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw down crown
Fixed case Bezel
Stainless steel hydraulic case back
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Matt dial with Swiss luminous printed Index
Swiss luminous indexes
Swiss luminous hands
Automatic – 3 hands with date
Genuine leather strap
Extra Genuine leather NATO strap
Recommended retail price
£ 400.00/$ 520.00/€ 465.00