Fly Boy Friday takes a look at the ever popular pilot’s watch. Along with a diver’s watch, a pilot or aviation inspired timepiece is a must in any good watch collection. Previously, we’ve given you an insight into some of the world’s most popular pilot’s watches from the likes of Longines, Zenith, Fortis, IWC and Alpina.
This week Fly Boy Friday changes course ever so slightly to bring you news of a new European based start up watch brand that produces some pretty interesting pilot/military watches, which not only look great but are also hugely affordable.
Originating from Belgium, Gavox was founded in 2011 by Michael Happe, the grandson of one of the legendary Flying Tigers. Very much a young and up and coming watch brand, Gavox has produced a range of impressive watches that draw inspiration from the world of aviation.
The Flying Tigers was the nickname given to the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) who fought on behalf of the Chinese Air Force during WWII. The Flying Tigers Curtiss-P40 aircraft remains one of the world’s most recognisable combat planes due to the large shark face that was painted on its nose.
According to Happe, he wanted to create a collection of watches that not only paid homage to pilot watches of yesteryear but that could also be used today by professionals in aviation, space exploration and astronomy.
The Curtiss P-40 collection includes a number of functions typically found within all good pilot/aviation style watches such as a chronograph, alarm, military timer, multiple timezones and perpetual calendar.
One of the highlights of the Curtiss P-40 collection is that all models are available with a choice of three different strap types: padded canvas, oiled leather or NATO nylon. Each strap comes in a variety of colours meaning you can mix and match to your own personal preference. The watches are also limited editions and provide water resistant to 5 bar.
Gavox uses a couple of different variations of a Seiko quartz movement and for the most part are priced at under $300, which certainly makes them accessible for those operating within a budget.
Gavox Curtiss P-40 Small Seconds
Like all the watches in the The Curtiss P-40 collection, the Small Seconds (ref 326) watch measures 40mm in diameter and is made from surgical grade 316L stainless steel, complete with a reinforced mineral crystal with anti reflective coating.
The watch is driven by a Seiko calibre VD78 Quartz movement. The dial offers great readability, displaying hours and minutes with a small seconds display at 6 o’clock. The outer ring of the dial includes a slanted bezel with numeral markers every minute, which also features in the other watches in the P-40 series.
Gavox Curtiss P-40 Military Time
The Gavox Curtiss P-40 Military Time (ref 338) displays hours and minutes, a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock and 24hr indicator at 12 o’clock. The Military Time watch is powered by a VD77 calibre , which is essentially a slight variation on the Seiko movement that features in the Small Seconds watch above.
Gavox Curtiss P-40 Calendar
Powered by a Seiko calibre VD75, the Gavox Curtiss P-40 Calendar (ref 350) displays small seconds at 6’o clock, with day and date dials at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock respectively. Arguably this P-40 Calendar is the most attractive of the collection and would be a great choice for an entry level watch collector.
The Gavox brand is certainly one to look out for and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the launch of any of its up coming timepieces.