Hawker Harrier IIModel AV-4070-03 By AVI-8
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The Hawker Harrier Ace of Spades refers to the Marine Attack Squadron 231 United States Marine Corps that flies the AV-8B Harrier II McDonnell Douglas evolution of the Hawker Harrier. This version of the Harrier was launched in the early 1990s. U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf named the Harrier / AV-8B’s as one of the most important weapons of the 1991 Gulf War. It continues to serve the needs of the Ace of Spades squadron to this day in various theatres of combat, providing close air support for ground troops and performing armed reconnaissance.
Measuring 44mm in diameter, the watch is built around a sturdy well-built case featuring a flat scratch-resistant sapphire lens. A crown positioned at the 2 o’clock marker features a star insignia in a nod to the US Air Force insignia marking its namesake aircraft. The dial of the Ace of Spades is a representation of the best of the AVI-8 brand. Comprised of more than 30 unique pieces, each part of the dial has been carefully designed and laid out in keeping with inspiration provided by the Harrier. The passage of seconds is marked out by a custom modified disc just below the 3 o’clock position and the 24-hour subdial has been constructed with a series of layers and indexes which have been individually facetted applied with brush and polish finishes.
This attention to detail and finishing can be found across the dial. The result is a dial that while offering a clear cut time display, presents a contemporary military industrialized look.
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