The new Flyboy Tuskegee Airmen Meca-Quartz Limited Edition watch is a result of collaboration between AVI-8 and Tuskegee Airmen Inc, (TAI).
Tuskegee Airmen was formed in 1975 as a non-profit organization to promote the true Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and expose disadvantage community youth to aviation careers.
The story and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen transcends aviation and is an important chapter in American history. AVI-8 is extending its support for TAI for a second year to produce a limited-edition timepiece that commemorates, remembers and reflects on the Tuskegee experience.
10% of the net sales of each timepiece sold will go towards the important work of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. supporting youth programs and providing educational assistance to those pursuing flight training and other higher education pursuits.
Four dial versions are available. Each one is detailed to reflect one of the 4 original squadrons (99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd) that together comprise the all-Black, 332nd Fighter Group.
Each watch is perfectly sized, built solidly with clear lines of legibility and read out to make for an always wearable timepiece.
The limited-edition timepiece features a 40mm solid stainless-steel case topped with a domed hardened mineral lens and a dual time / elapsed time unidirectional turning bezel.
Powering the Tuskegee Airmen limited edition is a precise “Meca-quartz” Japanese TMI movement for pinpoint precision and “sweeping” second hand motion. The watch is water resistant to 50m and features Swiss luminous filling across its clearly marked out legible dial face for quick readability in low light conditions.
The Flyboy Tuskegee Airmen Meca-Quartz Limited Edition hugs the wrist courtesy of a genuine leather strap again echoing the colours found in the liveries of the Tuskegee squadrons, and an extra nylon NATO strap for added versatility and wear.
Each colourway of this special edition is named after a location the famed Tuskegee Airmen squadrons were based at in the past: Lucera, Licata, Ramitelli or Torretto.
The watch comes packaged in a handsomely appointed gift box with unique and striking artwork of iconic Tuskegee Airmen, specially created by designer Derrick Whitfield.
For this launch, AVI-8 has collaborated and commissioned a series of portraits of celebrated members of the Tuskegee Airmen, by Atlanta based illustrator, graphic designer and artist Derrick Whitfield.
Derrick is the owner of the Whitfield Designs Company and the winner of the Black Made Illustration Award in 2022. His unique style and portraiture has been recognized widely.
Each of the four colorways is available in 310 or less uniquely numbered pieces for a total exclusive production run of only 1,195 pieces.
Priced at USD $290 (GBP £310), the AVI-8 Flyboy Tuskegee Airmen Meca-Quartz Limited Edition is available on AVI-8 watches online store.
Model: AVI-8 Flyboy Tuskegee Airmen Meca-Quartz Limited Edition
- AV 4103 01: LICATA (black dial)
- AV 4103 02: LUCERA (blue dial)
- AV 4103 03: TORRETTO (silvery-white dial)
- AV 4103 04: RAMITELLI (red dial)
Stainless steel case
Lug width: 20mm
Mineral lens with anti-reflective coating
Pull out crown
Stainless steel unidirectional bezel
Water resistance: 5 ATM
Dial colors: Black/ Blue/ Silver/ Red
Swiss luminous applied indexes
Swiss luminous hands
M-SII-VH31-HL Japan Meca-quartz calibre with 3 hands
Genuine leather strap with extra nylon NATO strap
Recommended retail price
$290 / £310
For more details, please visit AVI-8 watches website.