For our second AVI-8 collaboration, we took the design we developed for the first model and made a handful of changes to create something modern and sleek. Designed by us, manufactured by AVI-8, the WANDW2 was inspired by military watches from the twentieth century. It’s a mix of elements from some of our favorite classic designs, with a few stylish twists to make it a worn&wound original. It’s also packed with the features we want to find in our watches:
Case: Two-tone, black PVD/brushed steel
Movement: Miyota 8245 Automatic
Dial: Matte Black
Lume: BGW9 SuperLuminova
Lens: Domed Sapphire crystal
Straps: 2 x nylon Mil-Strap, 1 x w&w Coal Model 2 Premium
Water Res.: 50m
Dimensions: 42 x 48 mm
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Lug Width: 22 mm
Crown: 4 x 6 mm
Warranty: 2 years through AVI-8
Packaging: Padded Cordura Watch Wallet
Price: $399 (free shipping within US)
The case of the WANDW2 is 42 x 48 x 13.5mm thick, which reaches to the top of the gorgeous domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This makes it a nicely proportioned medium/large watch that will sit well on the wrist, and have plenty of presence. For finishing, we coated the mid-case in black PVD, but left the bezel and crown in steel. This makes the watch stealthier, wear a bit smaller and have a strong circular geometry, emphasizing the dial, as well as some cool contrast. The caseback has a display window with our logo electroplated on it, through which you can view the Miyota 8245 Automatic movement at work.
Dial and Hands
The dial of the WANDW2 is matte charcoal gray with applied markers in bright white BGW9 lume for high contrast. We went with thick rectangles, triangles at 12 and 6 and big 3 and 9 numerals, referring to some of our favorite aviation and field watches, while looking good and being easy to read on the fly. On the dial surface you’ll find a high contrast white minute index, as well as stealth black crosshairs and branding, giving the watch a non-branded look at some angles. The sub-seconds dial at 6 is then in matte black, giving it a bit more presence. The hands are bold and chunky, with a lot of BGW9 lume packed in, so day or night, you wont miss them.
Straps and Accessories
We wanted to make sure you had a nice selection of great straps to swap in and out to start with, so we included 2 nylon Mil-Straps and one of our trusty America-made Coal Horween Model 2 Premiums featuring black lining leather from Wickett & Craig of Pennsylvania. The Mil-Straps are in a subtle charcoal gray and a handsome Thalo blue, with brushed hardware and a signed buckle. Both compliment the watch perfectly, bringing out the military feel and emphasizing the dial and case. For a more rugged and vintage look, throw on the Coal Model 2 Premium. To help you change out straps, we’re including one of our handy strap changing tools with each watch.
Lastly, to keep your watch safe when not in use or when traveling, we designed and made Cordura watch wallets with zip closures. Inside, you have multiple pockets for storing your watch, the extra straps and the strap changing tool. The wallet is lined with semi-rigid foam padding to protect your watch whether in your bag or a drawer for safe keeping.
The WANDW2 is a limited edition of 300 units, so pick one up before they are all gone. They will be arriving in batches, so if you see "sold out" be sure to enter your email to find out when they are back in stock.