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The Eagle Squadrons were three fighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force (RAF) formed with volunteer pilots from the United States during the early days of World War II (prior to America's entry into the war in December 1941.
By 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbour, the Americans had joined the war effort, and the three squadrons formed were transferred to the United States Air Force.
Nonetheless, the bravery, sacrifice by a small group of Americans has not been forgotten and is commemorated by The Eagle Squadrons Memorial located on Grosvenor Square opposite from a statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The AVI-8 Flyboy Eagle Squadron Bronze Automatic pays tribute to the Eagle Squadron through a classic pilot watch forged out of a classic silhouette. It is imagined with both history and technology creating a timepiece that is a very wearable homage to this chapter in the heroism of military aviation.
A 39 diameter case with a 22mm lug width sits comfortably on the wrist in a proportion true to the pilot watches worn during the war. A flat sapphire lens offers a scratch-resistant clear window to the dial.
The dial itself offers legibility and clarity with a cutaway double-layer sandwich dial offering up Swiss luminous on hour indexes.
Blunt shape hands for the hour and minute display are also generously lumed for low light visibility. The Eagle Squadron is powered by a custom modified Seiko TMI NH35 self-winding automatic and is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The watch hugs the wrist with a vintage, horizontal hand-stitched leather strap but also comes packed with another genuine leather Nylon strap.
The Flyboy Eagle Squadron Bronze comes packed in a handsome canvas-covered field like box and makes for a superb watch for enthusiast and collector alike.
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