AVI-8 4052 - Hawker Hunter
Emblematic watch of the AVI-8 brand, the AV-4052 model has become a reference combining watchmaking passion and aviation. This timepiece is part of the Hawker Hunter collection, which was a famous and exemplary fighter plane thanks to its supersonic speed and its exploits in terms of manoeuvring and efficiency. Piloted for the first time in the early 1950s, it was withdrawn from the world's armies in 2014 after great military exploits.
Case: The watch has a square case with obtuse angles in reference to aviation measuring instruments. This stainless steel case, 45 millimetres in diameter, is surrounded by a notched crown with two buttons in the shape of a firing push-button to start and stop the chronograph. A mineral glass covers the case surmounted by a round bezel. Four decorative screws are located in the corners of the case, recalling the details of the plane.
Dial: The dial of this chronograph refers to the dashboard and cockpit of the famous Hawker Hunter military aircraft. Three counters are present in the dial. At 10 o'clock, a counter of the same shape as the case indicates the minutes elapsed by the chronograph. A 24-hour dial is placed to the right of the dial and then at 6 o'clock, a seconds counter completes the aesthetics of the dial. A rectangular opening reveals the date of the day. The two main hands as well as the hour-markers are covered with luminous pigments allowing the dial to luminesce in low light conditions.
Movement : The AV-4052 model has a 10-minute retrograde quartz chronograph movement with date. This Japanese Miyota movement combines robustness and reliability to accompany this flagship model of the AVI-8 brand.
Strap: This model is fitted with a hand-sewn genuine leather strap. Two topstitches are placed on each side of the strap, once again recalling the seams visible in the cockpit of aircraft. A pin buckle engraved with the brand's logo closes the strap.
Water-resistance: This AVI-8 watch is water-resistant to 5 ATM, i.e. a resistance of 50 metres. This water-resistance corresponds to a resistance to perspiration, splashes, rain and partial immersion such as when swimming or taking a shower. However, we recommend that you avoid contact with water for optimal conservation of the materials.