AVI-8 Flyboy AV-4076 Lafayette Chronograph Watch | Stainless Steel Bracelet

By AVI-8

$189
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Fashion, history, and style come together with the Flyboy AV-4076 Lafayette Chronograph Watch. 42mm pilot field case is sensibly sized, topped by a domed hardened mineral lens with anti-reflective coating. An "onion" style crown draws from early trench watches fashioned out of traditional pocket watches. These watches would eventually form the shape and design of quintessential pilot watches and would serve as critical pieces of instrumentation for the combat pilot. Piston like pushers operate and snapback reset the chronograph easily. Art-deco inspired fonts to mark the hours, and while the dial is calibrated comprehensively it remains clearly readable courtesy of intelligent spacing, proportionality, and use of depth to dip into the chronograph subdials. The central dial layer's subtle horizontal lines are drawn from the wing pattern of a Nieuport 17, an aircraft flown by many members of the Escadrille. A pulsometer is marked out on the tension ring of the dial with a nod to the French elements imbibed in the origin and inspiration of this watch. The syringe-like hour and minute hands are met with detailing on the chronograph second hand where a French Air Force roundel has been carefully applied true to the commitment of the brand to reflect history and narrative into the detail of the watches. The case back is carved with the famed Indian head insignia of the Escadrille found on the Spad VIIs and other aircraft flown by them. While traditionally a pilot watch circa the 1920s would not have been fashioned on the "Jubilee" style solid stainless steel bracelet used on the Lafayette, its choice makes for an excellent fit both aesthetically and functionally, completing the watch as both a historical wearable signpost and as a durable, ever wearable watch for both connoisseur and enthusiast alike.

Specifications:

  • Movement: Japan Quartz Chronograph with Date and 1/5 Second
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Case Thickness: 13.5mm
  • Lug to Lug: 49mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Band Material: Solid Stainless Steel Bracelet with Solid Fold Over Buckle with Safety Lock
  • Band Width: 22
  • Lens: Mineral Lens with Anti-reflective coating
  • Index: Applied indexes
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Weight: 150g