Here is a wonderful watch celebrating a historic event and supporting a great cause. In remembrance of the historic 80th anniversary of Operation Chastise and the valiant 617 Squadron, known as the Dambusters, AVI-8 unveils the Dambuster 80th Anniversary Royal British Legion Meca-quartz Limited Edition. This exclusive timepiece pays tribute to the daring and skilful operation undertaken by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. The mission, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, involved surgically striking three major dams in Germany, demonstrating unparalleled bravery and technical brilliance.
Drawing inspiration from the cockpit instrumentation and colors of the legendary Avro Lancaster Bomber, the dial of the Dambuster Limited Edition becomes a captivating study of both the men and the machine that played pivotal roles in this significant wartime event. Beyond its symbolic representation, this watch is a precise and functional field timepiece, empowered by the capable and precise hybrid mechanics of the meca-quartz movement.
Crafted with precision and historical reverence, the Dambuster Meca-quartz Limited Edition features a solid marine grade stainless steel case, measuring 43mm in diameter. Inspired by the fluid lines of the renowned Avro Lancaster Bomber, this watch houses a Japanese hybrid meca-quartz movement with a 24-hour subdial indicator. The design embraces the traditional poppy symbol, prominently displayed at the 12 o’ clock index and on the crown, as a heartfelt homage to the heroic sacrifices made.
In collaboration with the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal, the Dambuster Limited Edition carries a profound purpose. Each timepiece is a tribute to the bravery of the 617 Squadron and a reminder of the sacrifices made during Operation Chastise. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity, each watch is uniquely numbered and presented in a handsome custom gift box. This exclusive collection is a limited-edition of 1775 pieces in total.
Working with The British legion
“AVI-8, stand alongside the Royal British Legion in shared commitment to honour the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces. With immense pride, we’ve contributed over £55,000 through the sales of our bespoke timepieces since 2021, assisting in providing vital services and support to veterans, serving personnel, and their families. This significant partnership has allowed us to play a small role in helping with issues ranging from financial challenges to physical and mental rehabilitation. As we launch the Dambuster 80th Anniversary timepiece, commemorating the courage of the Dambusters Raid and the sacrifice of Armed Forces personnel during WWII, we pledge a donation of £17 from each sale. This contribution aims to further bolster the Royal British Legion’s efforts in being an unwavering pillar of support for the Armed Forces community today.”