In my late teens I was a fan of men’s watches and would save my money long and hard to then buy those brands of status to show off to my friends, where possible waving my wrist around so they noticed, just like when a hero in the movies has a new watch – bling!
But bling was never me, certainly not when I was in the Army. Back then for me it was always chunky men’s watches, and ever since I have stayed with that ever since wearing a succession of what I call ‘chunky men’s man watches’.
Of course there is a shed load of chunky men’s man watches on the market, but it can be so difficult finding one that fits that description but at the same time looks stylish, can be worn at any occasion an comes at an affordable price point, let alone being well made as well.
Well the search is over, my fellow male chunky watch wearers. When we received a sample watch here at the offices of County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine I jumped at the chance to try it, test it and, of course, wear it.
That watch was the newly released Hawker Harrier II Pegasus Concept Edition by AVI-8.
Quite simply I have nothing bad to say about this watch. It has become my new best mate. It comes everywhere with me, so the office, out and about, socialising. It even comes for a shower with me as it is water resistant up to 5 metres and completely unperturbed by being power washed from a great height. Readers, be assured it is the only mate who takes a shower with mE.
Being the head of the Graphic Design and Online Team here at County Lifestyle and Leisure Magazine I do appreciate the things that are stylish, well made and, above all, well designed. When you turn over this watch you find the back has a great exhibition see-through case back and a strap made from buffalo hide which, in the case of the one I’ve been wearing with pride and joy, is green. I love this watch!
So here is the that all important imformation about the Hawker Harrier II range.
Central to the unique avionic engineering behind the Hawker Harrier is the custom built Pegasus engine from Rolls Royce.
Originally designed by Bristol Siddeley, the Pegasus is not only able to power a jet aircraft forward but also able to direct its thrust downwards via swiveling nozzles enabling the aircraft to hover and maneuver vertically off the ground, adding a fascinating and tactically useful dimension to the modern day jet aircraft.
The AV 4047 is an absorbing piece of watchmaking that deconstructs the traditional pilot watch into a new breathtaking yet wearable piece of superb timekeeping.
A Miyota Japanese made 21 jewel self-winding movement is completely overhauled by master watchmakers to register time via a set of 3 individual discs showing – the hour, minutes and hands rotate across the layered dial which is hand-finished with both explicit and subtle references to the Harrier II.
Machined finish detailing frames the time readout with the seconds hand disc bringing the ever march of time to life dynamically and fluidly on this timepiece.
Look for the front profile silhouette of the Harrier subtly marked out and acting as marker to call off the time on the timepiece, for an easier
Crafted out of Marine Grade 316 L Stainless steel with a Sapphire lens with an exhibition see through caseback and strapped with a quality buffalo hide genuine leather strap with bi-colour detailing on the sides of the beautifully supple leather watch which provides an excellent and
snug fit on the wrist.
Available in Solid Stainless Steel and also in a plated version featuring Titanium Carbide ionically plated onto the case.
So from my review of this watch you can no doubt gather that I am going to rate this very highly, a watch tried, tested and worn with love simply outstanding and worthy of a top mark of five stars.
The Hawker Harrier II by AVI-8 watches are available from all leading stockists and online from