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AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby StrapMeister » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:17 pm

...the 1920's and 1940's centenary models are available on pre-order
https://avi-8.co.uk/collections/new-arrivals
with £50 off RRP
You can also get a further 10% discount using the CENT10 code.

Also, Josh has done a review of them:
https://www.watchitallabout.com/avi-8-centenary-collection-1920s-1940s-watch-review/
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby jtc » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:24 pm

I like the 1920s crown. Shame about the subdial eating the numerals. Decent price at £179.10 shipped!
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby StrapMeister » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:39 pm

jtc wrote:I like the 1920s crown. Shame about the subdial eating the numerals. Decent price at £179.10 shipped!

Agreed.
Hopefully 'the subdial eating the numerals' is something I can live with - only time will tell!
However for the price (£179.10 shipped) I decided to go for a 1920's AV-4058-02
https://avi-8.co.uk/collections/new-arrivals/products/av-4058-02
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby gaf1958 » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:51 pm

I like the 1920s model and I'm pleased to see they've finally upper the ante to include a sapphire crystal in the spec, rather than their previous mineral crystal as standard. Very good value.
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby TigerChris » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:57 am

First time i’ve ever looked on their website. Some great looking watches on there. The retrograde chronograph appeals to me
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby Caller » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:49 am

I haven't an issue with people liking this brand but it's worth bearing in mind it's origins are in Hong Kong and China and the owners are a company registered at Companies House, with Directors based in Hong Kong. The last time I checked the address of Avi-8 in the UK, it was a watch repairers somewhere t'up north if I recall correctly.
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby Wintersports » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:43 pm

Caller wrote:I haven't an issue with people liking this brand but it's worth bearing in mind it's origins are in Hong Kong and China and the owners are a company registered at Companies House, with Directors based in Hong Kong. The last time I checked the address of Avi-8 in the UK, it was a watch repairers somewhere t'up north if I recall correctly.


Nothing wrong with being up north :). I ve a couple of these and they are decent workaday watches, quite good looking. The quality in the hand is about on a par with Ingersoll. Not terrible, cheap, decent looking and if you are working/visiting somewhere 'questionable' you d not cry if a man with a bat decided to take it off you. Equally appealing enough to look 'serious' in a meeting
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby Caller » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:30 pm

Wintersports wrote:Nothing wrong with being up north :). I ve a couple of these and they are decent workaday watches, quite good looking. The quality in the hand is about on a par with Ingersoll. Not terrible, cheap, decent looking and if you are working/visiting somewhere 'questionable' you d not cry if a man with a bat decided to take it off you. Equally appealing enough to look 'serious' in a meeting


Oh yes, being t'up north wasn't meant to be derogatory. I was previously based there and back in the day, had the circumstance been different, I would have happily relocated there, but it wasn't to be.

My issue wirh AVI-8 is simply the fact they try to cover up their origins. They are from Hong Kong (Solar Time) and the watches are designed and manufactured there. They have as much to do with Britain as tropical sunshine. The address t'up north is the service centre they use (legit company). Their actual UK address is an accountants in Andover. In their stable of watches are brands such as Ballast and Earnshaw.

At their concession at the Siam Paragon Mall / Department store in Bangkok, I was told they are a British company and that the watches were manufactured in the UK as well. Very naughty.
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby CornishDave » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:16 pm

A couple of years ago you could buy an Avi 8 watch on the Bid TV shopping channel for around £75!
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby StrapMeister » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:26 pm

So my Flyboy 1920s Centenary arrived today.
First impressions are favourable :thumbup:

Image1920s_001 by StrapMeister, on Flickr
Image1920s_0002 by StrapMeister, on Flickr
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Once I've unwrapped it properly I'll add some more pictures.
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby treyford » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:19 pm

Hi StrapMeister,

So my Flyboy 1920s Centenary arrived today.


and the image Image
shows you have gone with your preference for 'cathedral' hands :thumbup:
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby gaf1958 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:46 am

I'm a fan of cathedral hands too.
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby gaf1958 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:47 am

It looks good ... so far. ;)
Do you have an "unwrapped" shot yet?
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Re: AVI-8 Centenary Models

Postby StrapMeister » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:40 am

Treyford, it does appear that I have a preference for cathedral hands especially on "vintage" watches :D
Gary, yes, so far so good. I hope that this evening I'll have time to unwrap it and take some pics.
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