Avi-8 Spitfire Type 300

This Affordable Automatic Pilot’s Watch Pays Homage to a Famous WWII Fighter Plane


March 15, 2020 Watches By

Saving up for one of IWC’s lovely tributes to the famous WWII Spitfire fighter plane, but need something to tide your wrist over? The new Spitfire Type 300 watch from aviation-themed indie brand Avi-8 has arguably even more overtly Spitfire-inspired cues, an automatic movement, and costs just $395. Military aviation history buffs will find much to appreciate on this practical and legible pilot’s watch.

Unless you’re intimately familiar with things like the Spitfire’s cockpit, you might not realize just how many elements Avi-8 takes directly from its gauges and instruments. For starters, the hands and dial reference both the plane’s air speed indicator and altimeter, while the case side calls to mind the aircraft’s rivets. Further, a Spitfire-shaped rotor on the Miyota 8218 automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve is visible through the case back, and the movement’s seconds subdial at 4 o’clock results in a unique dial design.

The Avi-8 Spitfire Type 300 comes in four initial versions: two iterations with steel cases will run you $395, while two with black and gray case finishes cost $425. Each comes on a steel bracelet and as well as a leather strap and is available from the brand for preorder now.

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