Introducing the AVI-8 x worn&wound Watch

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We’re beyond excited today to announce the first worn&wound watch collaboration. We teamed up with the guys over at AVI-8 to create something unique and special that we’re certain w&w readers will enjoy. Made by AVI-8 and designed by us, the WANDW1 was inspired by military watches, pilots and fields, from the mid-twentieth century. It’s a mix of elements from some of our favorite classic designs, with a few twists to make it a w&w original, all while maintaining high legibility and style. We also made sure it was packed with the features we personally would want: domed sapphire, a Miyota 8245 automatic movement, bright C3 lume, a selection of straps and a custom carrying case.

Features

Case: Two-tone, black PVD/brushed steel
Movement: Miyota 8245 Automatic
Dial: Matte Black
Lume: C3 SuperLuminova
Lens: Domed Sapphire crystal
Straps: 2 x nylon Mil-Strap, 1 x w&w Olive Model 2
Water Res.: 50m
Dimensions: 42 x 48 mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Crown: 4 x 6 mm
Case: Padded Cordura Watch Wallet
Warranty: 2 years through AVI-8
Price: $399 (free shipping within US)

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Case

We started with the Flyboy case, as it had a rugged, but clean design with nicely detailed lugs and comfortable proportions. At 42 x 48 x 13.5mm (to the top of the domed sapphire) it’s neither too wide nor too long and gives ample dial real estate. We took the mid-case, brushed it and coated in PVD, making it wear a bit smaller, and look a bit stealthier. We then left the bezel brushed steel, giving a bold border to the dial, and adding a strong circular outline, for a bit of an aviation instrument look.

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Because of the sub-dial arrangement of the Miyota 8245, we cocked the crown to just past 4, and gave it a simple, but easy to grasp knurled finished. It measures 4x6mm and is a straight push/pull cylinder with AVI-8’s subtle Rondel logo on the end: nothing flashy. The angle also guarantees that the crown wont dig into your wrist.

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For the caseback, we went with a display with a thick steel border. Around the window we put general pertinent information, presented in some stylized etching, as well as AVI-8’s logo. On the display window, we proudly have our w&w diamond logo electroplated dead-center in a mirror finish. Yeah, it’s cool looking. Behind our logo you get a full view of the 21-jewel Miyota 8245 automatic movement inside. The 8245 is a utilitarian caliber with some light cote de Geneve on the winding plate and balance cock, as well as a skeletonized rotor. What it lacks in artistry it makes up for in a certain rugged appeal that stays true to the watch’s character.WW_AVI-8_16

Dial and Hands

For the dial, we wanted to make something that spoke to some of our favorite military and tool watches. It’s largely a pilot type, but with a hint of field and aviation-instrument as well, stylized to please our eyes. The surface is matte black, for maximum contrast. Our primary index consists of a variety of applied markers for balance and legibility, all in pale green C3. At 12 and 6 are triangles, with dots flanking the marker at 12 for easy identification, giving an immediate nod to fliegers as well as an aggressive edge. At 3 and 9 are large numerals and small rectangles, balancing out the triangles and increasing at-a-glance legibility. All other hours are marked with larger rectangles. In the dark, this index lights up thanks to the C3 lume.

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Between the hour markers are white lines for the individual minutes. Complimenting these marks is a minute index on the inside of the lumed rectangles with double-digit numerals for increased legibility, once again. At 6 is a sub-seconds dial, referring to an earlier age of the military watch. We went with an inverted index, markers pointing out, encircling a slightly indented area with numerals every 15 seconds. This makes the sub-dial clean, with a modern twist. To tie the dial together, we added thin white crosshairs which add to the sense of symmetry.

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For our hour and minute hands, we went with something bold and chunky, speaking to both vintage and more modern designs. The minute hand is a wide straight sword that just grazes the minute numeral index. The hour hand is short and blocky, easily distinguished from the minutes. Both have thin brushed steel edges with plenty of bright C3 lume. The seconds hand is then a small, full lumed sword with a pointed tip. It gets the job done without distracting.

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Straps and Accessories

We’re big fans of swapping straps on our watches, tailoring the watch to our style and outfits, so we wanted to make sure to supply a nice selection with the WANDW1. To start, you have 2 nylon Mil-Straps manufactured by AVI-8 to our exact specifications. We like our Mil-Straps properly long, allowing for ample material to pull back through, with the right amount of distance between rings as well. For the first color, we chose a slightly acidic olive green, for an energetic, yet appropriate pairing that brings out the C3. The second is a cool, pale grey with the slightest hint of green, which really makes the case pop. Both are fitted with brushed steel hardware, including a dual signed buckle.

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Additionally, each watch will come with one of our American-made, Olive Horween Model 2 straps. We went with the Olive for obvious reasons, the least of which is that the drab green leather and natural waxed thread perfectly accentuate the two-tone case and C3 lume. With the Mil-Straps you have a great casual, warm weather option that adds to the military and aggressive feel of the watch. With the leather you have a more a vintage, stylized look, one to break out in the fall with your favorite worn in jeans and leather boots. Oh yeah, and in order to help you swap these straps in and out, each watch will include on of our trusty worn&wound strap changing tools.

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Lastly, to keep the kit together and safe, we’ve created a custom watch wallet. Constructed of Olive Cordura nylon, brown leather trim, this zip-up wallet can hold your watch in an internal pocket as well as the additional straps and strap changing tool. The wallet is lined with a thick, semi-rigid foam to protect your watch, whether you are throwing it in your bag, or keeping it in a drawer at home.

Available Now

And that’s the WANDW1. We had a lot of fun working on this with AVI-8, and hope you all really like it. It’s been an enlightening journey over the last year, starting with some casual back and forth emails, then playing with watches, then submitting designs, then sampling, approving, producing, etc… Needless to say, we’ve been waiting on pins and needles for this day, and now that it’s here we are incredibly happy with what we made.

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The AVI-8 x W&W: WANDW1 is available now, exclusively at shop.wornandwound.com. This is a limited edition, with only 150 to be made, so get yours while supplies last. The price for the whole package is $399, which includes free shipping within the US. Watches will be available in batches, so if you see ‘sold out’ enter your e-mail to find out when they are back in.

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Zach is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Worn & Wound. Before diving headfirst into the world of watches, he spent his days as a product and graphic designer. Zach views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together.
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  • TickTockTyler

    Congrats guys, this is really cool! Really nice offering too, might have to get in line for one πŸ™‚

  • HotDog!

    wow awesome! what a nice surprise. very cool design, but it is too big for my tastes.

  • silkhead

    good luck on the venture…the watch is over branded imo…I like the w w logo on the back and buckle…on the face you should have went with a black on black logo on the dial…very subtle and visible depending on the angle of light…or just left it off all together

    • thanks for the critique, we actually tried just that on an earlier sample! Looking at it again, I still like the idea, but in person it’s just too subtle. Perhaps for a future collab!

  • Thomas

    Great work fellas!

  • Cary

    Coingrats guys – very attractive watch! Holding out for a smaller size…

  • Никита

    Handsome piece! Congrats, guys!! Just not a big fan of hands with such endings like the hour one and prefer size <=40 mm. But the dial scheme, case finish, lume color – all looks fantastic.

  • Austin Besse

    nicely done W&W! based on the comments, it sounds like everyone is a watch designer. Great combination of elements that transcends genres. Looking forward to seeing more collabs!

  • Jonathan Ferrer

    I am definitely going to be purchasing one for myself. Great work guys!

  • Hopefully there will be some left when Xmas comes around… Xmas is my annual new watch time. πŸ™‚ This watch looks fantastic and is right in my wheelhouse!

  • robo

    would love it if you guys eventually came out with silver case, great job!

  • Julian Feliciano

    Congrats! Looks like AVI-8 and W & W executed this watch perfectly!

  • Carson Gross

    Beautiful watch!

  • Curmudgeon

    Really beautiful watch! All the elements work together. What an incredible value!

  • Jesper_SB

    Looks like you guys took the Maratac Pilot and perfected it. I’m not a total fan of the two tone case, but I find it hard to resist none the less. Sign me up! πŸ™‚

    • Xerxematic

      Ah ha, I was going to make the same point – although I prefer the Maratac (if it didn’t exist this would certainly be high on my list…).

  • Angus

    shut up and take my money.. exactly what i have been looking for.. exactly..
    everything has been a compromise, and this nails it in one message (probably saving me 3 watches) πŸ™‚

  • Parallax

    Are there more watches coming (as in new models) or will this be the only one at least for a while?

  • DanW94

    A nicely done pilot inspired watch. Works best with that olive green nylon strap. My only complaint is the hour hand. It’s to short and looks a bit awkward. It should have at least been tapered like the minute hand.

  • Ben Garner

    What? No “worn & wound pose” in the pictures?!?!

  • Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker

    So…nobody is going to ask the question? AVI-8? Really? Have you guys even ever written about them or reviewed their watches before? If not…why not?

    Sorry, but it seems disingenuous to me and a conflict of interest. It’s like Motor Trend Magazine coming out with a Motor Trend Special Edition Chevrolet Cruze.

    • Sevenmack

      Actually, it’s more like GM issuing a Motor Trend Special Edition Corvette. But your point is spot on. A watch review magazine should not be partnering with watchmakers on watches. It tars the perception of W&W and further taints the already-sullied image of watch media outlets.

      • Carlos

        “It tars the perception of W&W and further taints the already-sullied image of watch media outlets.”

        I don’t think there’s anything about this that reflects negatively on W&W.

        W&W is being completely up-front about their partnering with AVI-8, and likely will put in a little disclaimer about their partnership in future reviews of AVI-8 watches, as they’ve put it full disclosure notes on various other posts.
        W&W is not just a watch review blog, but also a retailer of horological accessories. I don’t see anything wrong with them expanding their store’s offerings like this.

        • Sevenmack

          Yes it does. As a watch review outlet, W&W shouldn’t be doing partnerships with watchmakers. No matter how upfront it will be about the deal with AVI-8, the perception among those looking for objective reviews is that W&W is bought by at least one watchmaker. In the rest of the media and journalism world, this deal would be panned by both ivory-tower journalists and workaday reporters for being bad practice. It is what it is.

          Trust is the only thing a media outlet ever has. Right now, I can’t say I trust W&W to do the job properly.

          • Michael Gore

            I must add that majority of AVI-8 watches cost about $100-150,so who in the right state of mind will pay $400 for this “limited” edition.Not good guys,not good πŸ™

        • Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker

          “put in a little disclaimer about their partnership in future reviews of AVI-8 watches”

          But they haven’t thought enough of AVI-8 to previously review their watches. Besides the obvious conflict of interest, I really can’t get past that one. Any future reviews will reek of pay to play.

          “For today’s review, we look to AVI-8 and one of their $127 IWC Pilot quartz homages.”? Come on.

  • JamesWWIII

    That handset is simply horrible. And Maratac knocks it out of the park on a similar design aesthetic, with the same movement, for over 100 bucks less.

  • Willliam

    The case is very nice, it’d be good to have a view of the inside?

  • Klanny22

    Lovely watch and case, slightly unique perks here and there unseen before, shame its too big for me though πŸ™

  • Baldazzer

    Nice watch. Never mind the haters. The two-tone case is cool.

  • Afiq Rahim

    First impression, Maratac Pilot. Same movement, pretty much the same watch. Different dial and hands. But you get the size right, I’ll give you that.

  • Damon Kirby

    I love mine, balanced…feels great to wear and looks fantastic. I own quite a few watches and I’ve probably received more compliments on this one than any other. I couldn’t be happier. I appreciate the details (of course the design elements and their inspiration are obvious to most of us) it has a unique feel. The asthetics to me are far more attractive than other offerings from AVI-8…this one fits my tastes perfectly, it pops but still keeps a tamed utilitarian feel. Looking forward to seeing my 2 when I get home. Cheers W&W thank you for this unique collaboration.

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