AVI-8 Flyboy Engineer Mitchell AV-4075-22 Review

AVI-8 watches are defiantly on the up. They are building some seriously good watches at present following in the footsteps of their sister brand Spinnaker watches.

The watch arrived in a Olive canvas covered box with contrasting stitching  and a brown AVI-8 tag stitched on top and a brass stud fastener

This new watch has a quality textured dial, an Seiko automatic movement and a bracelet that wouldn’t look out of place on a watch twice as expensive.

The AVI-8 is a Pilot/Field style watch with an easy to read dial featuring both 12/24 hour markings with the 12 actually being a 0 and cross hairs a date at 3 and a lumed chapter ring

Case

The 42mm case of the Flyboy is well-engineered  to a great standard, no sharp edges with a good brushed finish, for my 7.25 wrist it wear very well and can be worn all day without wrist fatigue, thanks to its short and gently-curved lugs. The Lug to Lug is 49mm but feels smaller.

AVI-8 Flyboy comes with a sapphire crystal with a blue AR which definitely compliment the dial and overall appearance giving a quality look, the movement is a Seiko NH35A workhorse, the onion crown is signed with the usual roundel logo and the case back is embossed with a Flyboy of the 40’s .

Dial and Hands

The dial is a masterpiece of design and legibility, like a Flieger Type A, but would not look out of place in a Field watch especially with the design of the lumed chapter ring.

The dial has a Blue sand-like texture which wouldn’t look out of place in a high end watch and raise lumed main numbers 1 to 0,  the hands are of a Pilot design and the second hand has the Roundel design on the end – The second hand would look better if it had some lume or colour like on the Edgar model

Bracelet

The bracelet is an Engineer style. A good weight using thick links adding to the overhaul feel of quality, it has solid end links and a signed clasp  only let down by using push pins instead of screwed links, but once sized you forget about the method used.

Day to day usage

The dial looks great, and you are draw in by of details, lume is good showing on the main numbers, H/M hand  and the Chapter Ring  but not as strong as the best Diver’s,  the Onion crown is easy to use for winding and hand setting ,The watch is well balanced with a good weight of over 155g I am a Divers watch fan so having this Pilot/Field watch in my collection is a nice change and this is the perfect size for my wrist and not having the dive bezel allows for a bigger face and the slight dome to the sapphire shows off the details with that slight blue from the AR plus a great distortion from acute angles

The Flyboy Engineer Mitchell (Blue) as reviewed is $285/£225, there is also a black (Edger) and green (Sydney) dial options, all of which are available from https://www.avi-8.com/ or https://avi-8.co.uk/



david.b

Retired Railway/Dockyard Manager who started modding watches following repairing a watch with a ETA7750 movement, and relaxing and enjoing the quiet life in Portugal

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