With a wave of nostalgia, the watch is a delight to own, and a fun nod at a beloved video game that seamlessly integrates the AVI-8 ethos of commemorating and celebrating the pilots and machinery of military aviation, the Flyboy 1942 Limited edition is nonetheless built to perform, and last, with rock solid and precise watch engineering underneath the hood and throughout this automatic self-winding timepiece.
Under the hood, the watch features a solidly reliable Japanese Seiko TMINH35 Automatic movement, and is built around a robust chassis of marine grade stainless steel topped by a scratch resistant sapphire lens for instant clarity and visibility. On the dial and hands generous amounts of Swiss super luminous material for optimum low light visibility.
AVI-8 has also worked with Nache Ramos, a Spanish Lowbrow artist, who has been working as a freelance illustrator for more than 15 years. Each watch comes with a set of custom commissioned limited-edition prints by the famed illustrator and designer. His illustrations (featured throughout this article) juxtapose beautiful vintage comic book art with sardonic overtones and gritty grunge textures. Using washed out colors and halftone patterns place a sense of the appropriate timescale to his work, and act as a new prism to appreciate this awesome collaboration of horology and nostalgia-infused gaming.
The AVI-8 brand rose up in 2012, dedicating itself to the men and machines of 20th Century military aviation and has produced dynamic pieces with in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and the Tuskegee Airmen. Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher, and distributor of hundreds of games including Resident Evil™, Monster Hunter™, Street Fighter™, Mega Man™.
Each element and component is a study in custom artwork, engineering and functionality all brought together by master watchmakers. This limited edition collaboration will surely also be a prize piece for fans of aviation, old school gaming, and well-built timepieces. The Flyboy Capcom 1942 Automatic LE is available for pre-order now, starting at $365, on the AVI-8 site today. The series will be available on July 28, 2023.