Best AVI-8 Watch Reviews

Updated May 4, 2022

Best AVI-8 Watches Reviews

The last 10 years or so has seen the establishment of many smaller watch brands, offering an alternative to very expensive luxury timepieces or more reasonably priced mass-produced options.

AVI-8 (pronounced as ‘aviate’) is one of these new companies.

They offer something unique, as they design and make watches that are inspired by aviation.

The aviation influence is clear in every aspect of their brand, from the names of their watches to the dial design.

This approach will certainly appeal to a certain niche, but of course, the real test is whether their watches offer quality and value as well as an interesting back story.

We’ve taken a look at some of the models on offer within AVI-8’s range, to put their watches under scrutiny.

Read on for our reviews, as well as a little more information about their brand. Read More watch reviews and, buying guide

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1 AVI-8 - AV-4056-03 Hawker Harrier II Japan Quartz Watch AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Watch
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2AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Watch
AVI 8 Mens AV 4053 Hawker Hurricane
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AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Watch
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3 AVI 8 Hawker Harrier II Matador Edition Watch
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AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Matador Edition Watch
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4 AVI-8 AV-4052-02
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AVI-8 Hawker Hunter Retrograde Watch
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5 AVI 8 Hawker Hunter Retrograde Watch 1 AVI-8 Aviator Watch
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6 AVI-8 - Flyboy AV-4075 Edgar - Automatic Engineering Wristwatch - Edgar AVI-8 Hawker HAVI-8 Flyboy AV-4075 Edgar Watchurricane Watch
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1. AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Watch

Highlights
  • Japanese Quartz Chronograph with Date
  • Round Stainless Steel Case with Serrated Bezel, 45mm
  • 22mm Hand Stitched Brown Colour Genuine Leather Strap
  • Multilayered Grey Dial With Domed Hardened Mineral Lens with Anti-Reflective Coating and Luminous Applied Indexes
  • Named after the famed Rolls Royce-powered Avon turbojet engine that powered it, the Avon Chronograph is replete with design cues and inspiration was taken directly from the Hawker Hunter fighter jet.

Hawker Harrier Dual Retrograde Chronograph

 

  • Aluminium Chronograph
  • the case has been assembled with an anti-reflective sapphire coated mineral lens for durability and visibility. The face itself features a Japanese-made chronograph retrograde movement that has the day, date, seconds, minute, and 30m readout with its flawless hands and circular disks. On the back of the watch, it is a jet turbine carved case back which makes it a clear leitmotif of the 4056. Its bold overall design makes this perfect for any man to wear with any attire.
  • 4.5cm(Case Diameter) x 1.2cm(Case Depth)
  • Stainless Steel and Leather
  • Complete in an AVi-8 presentation box.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Weight:
8.82 Ounces
Movement:
Japanese Quartz
Case Diameter:
45 millimeters

2. AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Watch

Highlights
  • The Hawker Hurricane AV-4053 style is a clean, easy-to-read pilot’s watch
  • With large visible hands, hour markers that are accented with 24hr format sub indexes, the dial echoes vintage instrumentation
  • Japanese-quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 43mm
  • Not water resistant

    Product Description

    The Hawker Hurricane collection is named after the Hawker Hurricane aircraft. Produced for the Royal Air Force, the Hurricane was a single-seat fighter featured in the battles of WWII. Sometimes overshadowed by the Spitfire, it was nonetheless the Hawker Hurricane which could truly claim to be the most reliable aircraft to deliver allied victory in the air during WWII. Our newest Hawker Hurricane, the AV-4053 style, is a clean, easy-to-read pilot’s watch. Featuring a Japanese quartz 3-hand movement, the AV-4053 has luminous hands and indexes and 24hr format sub-indexes. The Hawker Hurricane’s clean and versatile dial makes this watch perfect for daily wear.

Best For Low Budgets
AVI 8 Mens AV 4053 Hawker Hurricane

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
Men's Standard
Movement:
Japanese-quartz Movement
Case Diameter:
43 millimeters

3. AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Matador Edition Watch

Highlights
  • AVI-8’s first skeletonized dial to add a fashion statement to your wrist
  • Features a Japanese-quartz chronograph with a 1/20 sec and date function
  • Japanese-quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 45mm
  • Water-resistant to 50m (165ft: in general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling
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AVI 8 Hawker Harrier II Matador Edition Watch

The Hawker Harrier Jump Jet found service across several air and naval air forces during the latter half of the 20th Century. It represented a breakthrough in avionic design and went on to serve many missions with distinction. To pay tribute to the variants of this famed jet, Avi-8 is proud to introduce the latest version of its Harrier chronograph family inspired by the planes that flew for the Spanish Navy, nicknamed the Matador.

Specifications

Material:
Drawing on the absolute best in materials and resources
Size:
44mm
Movement:
Japanese-quartz Movement
Case Diameter:
45mm

4. AVI-8 Hawker Hunter Retrograde Watch

Highlights
  • Brown Leather strap
  • Stainless-steel case, Black dial
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Case diameter: 45mm
Best Overall
AVI-8 AV-4052-02

Hawker Hunter Retrograde Chronograph

The Retrograde Chronograph pays suitable tribute to the famed jet without being cluttered and fussy in its carefully considered design. The Retrograde edition seemingly brings the instrument panel and cockpit of the Hawker Hunter to the wrist of the wearer with a homage and representation that is still utterly practical and balanced as a timepiece.

 

  • Genuine Leather strap
  • Stainless steel case, Black dial
  • Japanese Quartz movement
  • Case diameter: 45mm

 

Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.87 x 5.91 x 3.94 inches; 10.58 Ounces
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ AV-4052-02
  • Department ‏ : ‎ Men’s
  • Batteries ‏ : ‎ 1 Lithium-ion battery required.
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ October 25, 2019
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ AVI-8
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07CT82HT9
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ China

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
Men's
Movement:
Japanese Quartz
Case Diameter:
45 millimeters

5. AVI-8 Aviator Watch

Highlights
  • Comfortable leather strap
  • 4.5cm(Case Diameter) x 1.2cm(Case Depth)
  • Stainless Steel and Leather

About this item

  • Comfortable leather strap
  • houses a Japanese retrograde split time chronograph that sits under the flawless dial. This flawless watch brings the instrument panel and cockpit of the Hawker Hunter to the wrist, making it perfect for any stylish gentleman to wear as it will make you stand out from the crowd. With outlined skeletonized hands offer clarity and visibility of all the subdials on the multi-layered dial. This watch is clean and unfussy, letting you see everything in all its gorgeous glory.
  • 4.5cm(Case Diameter) x 1.2cm(Case Depth)
  • Stainless Steel and Leather

Product Description

The AVI-8 Men’s Hawker Hunter Watch – Tan/White is a very popular item that is sure to meet your shopping requirements. Highly recommended AVI-8 watches make great gifts. Buy the AVI-8 Men’s Hawker Hunter Watch – Tan/White now.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
Men's
Weight:
8.82 Ounces
Movement:
Automictic
Case Diameter:
4.5cm(Case Diameter) x 1.2cm(Case Depth)

Pros

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6. AVI-8 Hawker HAVI-8 Flyboy AV-4075 Edgar Watchurricane Watch

Highlights

About this item

  • AVI-8 Flyboy AV-4075 Engineering Automatic Wrist Watch – Edgar
  • Our newest Flyboy is a reinvention of the true classic pilot all-rounder timepiece. Drawing inspiration from perhaps some of the most influential engineers in military aviation history, we imagined a watch that for all seasons and conditions would be worn by the Flyboys of the 20th century.
  • MOVEMENT: Japan Automatic 3 Hands with Date | CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel.
  • CASE SIZE (mm): 42 | CASE THICKNESS (mm): 13.5 | LUG TO LUG (mm): 49.
  • LENS: Sapphire Lens with Anti-Reflective Coating | INDEX: Applied Indexes | BAND MATERIAL: Solid Stainless Steel Bracelet with Solid Fold Over Buckle with Safety Lock.

Product Description

 

AVI-8 Flyboy AV-4075 Engineering Automatic Wrist Watch – Edgar

Product Description

Our newest Flyboy is a reinvention of the true classic pilot all-rounder timepiece. Drawing inspiration from perhaps some of the most influential engineers in military aviation history, we imagined a watch that for all seasons and conditions would be worn by the Flyboys of the 20th century. Their exploits, bravery and rakish flair continue to inspire our work and ideas.

SPECIFICATION:

  • MOVEMENT: Japan Automatic 3 Hands with Date
  • CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
  • CASE SIZE (mm): 42
  • CASE THICKNESS (mm): 13.5
  • LUG TO LUG (mm): 49
  • LENS: Sapphire Lens with Anti-Reflective Coating
  • INDEX: Applied Indexes
  • BAND MATERIAL: Solid Stainless Steel Bracelet with Solid Fold Over Buckle with Safety Lock
  • BAND WIDTH (mm): 22
  • EXTRA BAND: N/A
  • WATER RESISTANCE (atm) : 5
  • WEIGHT (g): 150

 

Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Package Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.55 x 4.1 x 3.3 inches; 10.08 Ounces
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ AV-4075-11
  • Department ‏ : ‎ Mens
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ August 3, 2020
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ AVI-8
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08F6LVQ9C

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
42 mm
Weight:
150g
Movement:
Japanese Automatic

AVI-8 Watch Buying Guide

AVI-8 Watch Brand

You could easily think that AVI-8 has a long history, as the watches in its collections take design inspiration from aviation history.

However, compared with some of the long-established watchmakers in the marketplace, AVI-8 is a comparative newcomer.

AVI-8 is presented as if it’s a British company and it does have some links to the United Kingdom, but it is actually owned by Dartmouth Brands, based in Hong Kong.

It produces timepieces in China, which means it is able to offer quality design at competitive prices.

Movement

A watch movement is quite simply what makes the watch run.

There are two main types; mechanical and quartz.

Watches with mechanical movements tend to be more expensive, as they require a complex series of parts, precisely engineered to work together.

A mechanical movement has a spring that is wound to create and store energy. That energy is transferred through gears and springs to power the watch. Mechanical movements are often favoured by enthusiasts for their craftsmanship and engineering.

A Quartz movement is battery powered and has far fewer moving parts, making them cheaper and easier to produce.

Quartz movements have the advantage of being very reliable and need minimal maintenance, aside from changing the battery when necessary.

The battery sends a current through a quartz crystal, hence the name, and this makes the crystal create vibrations which in turn drive the motor to make the hands move.

Design

The unique approach of AVI-8 is to take design inspiration from aviation history.

This influence is seen not only in their own brand name but in every aspect, from the names of collections such as Hawker Hunter or Spitfire to the laser cut images of jets on the back of some of their watches.

You’ll find design features such as dials that mimic cockpit instrumentation and straps in military-inspired colourways such as khaki.

The exact features differ in each collection, depending on the aircraft inspiration is taken from.

Uses

AVI-8 watches are a great option if you’re looking for a timepiece for day-to-day wear.

Depending on your choice of style and materials, designs can be rugged or more dressy.

Although some of the watches are sporty in appearance, they don’t generally have any features of a sports watch such as a stopwatch.

Materials

Perhaps in keeping with their aviation inspiration, AVI-8 typically produces watch cases in stainless steel.

These can be in coloured finishes or left silver-toned.

Stainless steel is an ideal choice for watches as it is tough, doesn’t corrode, and very rarely causes skin irritation.

Many, in fact, most, AVI-8 watches have a leather strap.

It’s not only the appearance of leather that makes it a favourite for watches, it’s also a durable and comfortable material to wear.

Pricing Range

AVI-8 watches offer good value for attractive designs in good quality materials.

Their timepieces range from around US$100 to around US$500 at the top end, depending on the design and materials you opt for.

Our Verdict

You don’t have to be an aviation enthusiast to appreciate the pieces in AVI-8’s range, the good quality and eye for design can appeal to all tastes.

At the lower-priced end of AVI-8’s offer, our Best Entry Level choice is the AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane. It’s an elegant and simple design, with some nods to aviation.

Our Top of the Range choice is the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Matador Edition, with a skeletonised dial, chronograph and date display.

Of all the timepieces we reviewed, our Best Overall is the AVI-8 Hawker Hunter Retrograde.

It’s a striking watch that manages to be both eye-catching and classic. The tan leather strap offsets the large, squared-off stainless steel case and although there are three subdials, the face is clean and easy to read.



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