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AV-4107 - Dambuster 617 Squadron 80th Anniversary Dual Time Chronograph Limited Edition

AVI-8 is proud to announce the release of the highly anticipated Dambuster 617 Squadron 80th Anniversary Dual TimeChronograph Limited Edition. This exclusive timepiece pays homage to the historic Dambusters Raid and commemorates the 80th anniversary of Operation Chastise, a seminal feat of daring featuring the Avro Lancaste rBomber and some of WW2 bravest airmen. AVI-8 has also partnered with the esteemed 617 Squadron Association, and 5% of net sales from this launch will be donated to support their valuable work.The Dambusters Raid, also known as Operation Chastise, holds a significant place in the annals of aviation history.Executed by the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron during World War II, this audacious mission aimed to target dams in the Ruhr Valley, Germany, using the ingenious bouncing bomb technique. Led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, thes quadron's skilled pilots displayed unparalleled bravery and precision as they navigated through a web of obstacles to carry out their vital mission. This exquisite timepiece collection pays tribute to the heroic acts of the 617 Squadron and the technical brilliance of Operation Chastise with its impeccable design and exceptional craftsmanship.



'We are very proud of the launch of this new timepiece and have worked closely with AVI-8 to reproduce a chronograph that aptly commemorates the Dambusters. AVI-8’s remarkable attention to detail is reflected in the dials which replicate the Lancaster pilot’s instruments, including the Artificial Horizon, Altimeter and the Air Speed Indicator. The essence of the Dambusters is captured in the second hand, inspired by the red lightning bolts from the Squadron’s crest. Engraved on the case back is our 80th anniversary logo incorporating the 617 Squadron memorial at Woodhall Spa, our third wartime base.Wing Commander John Bell MBE DFC Ld’H' - President, 617 Squadron Association.


The collection features three stunning colourways that capture the spirit of aviation and honour the squadron's legacy. Each watch is built with meticulous aention to detail and combines style with rugged durability, making it a perfect companion for modern-day adventurers.


The Dambuster 617 Squadron 80th Anniversary Dual Time Chronograph Limited Edition Collection boasts impressive specifications. With a case width of 43 mm and a case length of 51.5mm, this timepiece command saention on the wrist. It is water-resistant up to 5 ATM,ensuring durability even in challenging environments.The movement is powered by the reliable Miyota FS26,providing precise and accurate timekeeping. The stainless-steel case, debossed crown, and screw-back case back with circular brushing add to the watch's robust construction. The mineral lens and Japan Luminous offer exceptional visibility, even in low-light conditions. AVI-8's collaboration with the 617 Squadron Association underscores the brand's commitment to preserving the history and heritage of aviation. As a token of appreciation for the squadron's bravery and sacrifice, 5% of net sales from the Dambuster 617 Squadron 80th Anniversary Dual Time Chronograph Limited Edition will be donated to support the 617 Squadron Association's noble initiatives.The Dambuster 617 Squadron 80th Anniversary Dual Time Chronograph Limited Edition by AVI-8 is set to captivate aviation enthusiasts, history buffs, and watch collectors alike. Each watch is uniquely numbered as part of a limited-edition production of only 775 pieces. With its impeccable design, unparalleled craftsmanship and commitment to honouring the heroic acts of the 617 Squadron, this collection is a filling tribute to their enduring legacy.

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