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This week’s installment of Watches, Stories, and Gear is brought to you by AVI-8 and their Hawker Harrier II Dual Retrograde Edition and Hawker Harrier II Grande Date Matador Edition Chronographs.
HAWKER HARRIER II DUAL RETROGRADE EDITION AND HAWKER HARRIER II GRANDE DATE MATADOR EDITION CHRONOGRAPHS
AVI-8 has carved a niche for itself by making aviation-inspired watches. Case in point — the brand’s Hawker Harrier series, which pulls inspiration from the Hawker Harrier “JumpJet” flown by the Royal Air Force, US Air Force, and Spanish Navy.
The 316L stainless steel case of the Hawker Harrier II Dual Retrograde Edition measures 43mm across and 12mm thick, and it features a mix of brushed and polished surfaces. On the right side of the case, there’s a set of pushers flanking a guarded crown. While the knurling and color give the pushers and crown a bit of added flair, the dial is where AVI-8 gets really playful. There are three registers on the dial, but they aren’t your run-of-the-mill circular sub-dials. At 3:00 you’ll find a listed day display, at 6:00 there’s a running seconds dial, and at 9:00 there’s a retrograde 30-minute chronograph register. This unique layout and functionality is made possible through the use of Miyota’s FS80 quartz chronograph caliber.
The Grande Date Matador Edition is equally adventurous. Housed in a 45mm steel case, the complex dial follows a layered and skeletonized construction that utilizes aeronautical motifs to highlight functions and complications. The standout is the “grand date” double aperture date display right below 12:00, which adds another level of immediate utility on top of the already useful chronograph complication. Here, AVI-8 utilizes Miyota’s 6S50 quartz chronograph caliber.
The Dual Retrograde Edition comes on a leather/canvas combination strap with stitching designed to echo harnesses and belts that strap in pilots. The Grande Date Matador Edition comes on a rugged leather strap with a cross-stich design.