Since the dawn of time, humans have dreamt of flying. The history of powered and controlled aviation, which began in the early 1900s, is inseparably connected to that of wristwatches. As aviators experienced difficulties checking their pocket watches to time their performance during flights, they started to look for a solution. This resulted in the development of men’s wristwatches, which allowed aviators to keep both hands on the controls. From then on, wristwatches evolved from robust to sophisticated designs, along with the progression of aircrafts from gliders to supersonic planes.The brand Aviator pays tribute to the history of aviation, embodying watches within this amazing story. Each family of watches represents a different era in the development of aviation. The Vintage family is dedicated to the “Pioneer Era” and “Golden Age” of aviation. It includes the evolution from pocket watch style wristwatches to classical pilot watches of the Second World War. Inspired by the history of MIG aircrafts, Aviator created a family of watches named after these legendary fighter planes. The Professional special range of watches was built to meet the most rigorous requirements of contemporary aviators.
THE BIRTH OF THE BRAND
It is not a coincidence that the brand Aviator was created in Russia, a country, which historically is renowned for its aviation feats and courageous pilots. The Brand’s mission is to build exceptional watches that not only serve exceptionally, those who conquer the skies, but all those who support them from the ground. Since the year 2000, Aviator has provided watches to people of the most extreme professions, such as military, rescuers and pilots, as well as to watch and aviation lovers, building its excellentreputation for more than a decade in Europe, America and Asia. Starting from 2006 Aviator has been the official timekeeper of the Russian aerobatic team “Swifts”, pilots of which fly the legendary MIG-29 fighters.
AVIATOR IS THE OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER OF SWIFTS TEAM SINCE 2006
The Swifts is formerly a Soviet and now Russian aerobatic performance demonstrator team connected with the Russian Air Force. The Swifts aerobatic team has conducted more than 100 demonstration flights each year since 1991 – the date when it was officially established. Its pilots have visited in excess of 28 foreign states. In 1993 the Swifts aerobatic team took part in the LIMA ‘93 air show in Malaysia and was awarded the title of the World’s Best Aerobatic Team, while in 1997 Team Commander - Nikolay Dyatel won the first prize in solo flying at an international air show in Finland. There are only two aerobatic teams in the world flying real military aircrafts: Russian Swifts and American Blue Angels. The Swifts are honoured to fly renowned MIG-29 fighter. For 28 minutes in the air, this tight six-aircraft formation performs a large number of stunts and transformations, including the oblique loop, loopthe-loop and the barrel roll, in the mass-produced military vehicles. Additionally, the flight formations constantly change. The echelon formation transforms into those known as the “envelope”, the “cross”, the “pyramid”, the “wing”, and the “star”. The main advantage of Swifts over the other teams is that all the transformations happen in front of the audiences, forming an integral part of the programme. Since 2006 Aviator brand is official partner of Swifts aerobatic team. Aviator logos are on the cabins and tails of all team planes. The pilots coordinate their activities, using Aviator chronographs, which successfully satisfy the needs of the team members. Aviator watches have a proven track record of working under conditions of high speed, altitude and the forces of thrust.
Aviator is the official timekeeper of the “Swifts” pilots, for whom precision in timekeeping and flawless function is of vital importance. To meet their exacting standards, Aviator built special, limited to 1000 pieces model - “Professional” that ultimately became as integral to the MiG 29 “Fulcrum” jets as their existing dashboard gauges. The team of true professionals synchronizes its maneuvers in time only with “Professional” watches on their wrist. There is nothing accidental in this watch. When flying wing-tip to wing-tip at mach speeds, you can’t afford any accidents. Only after they have certified the watches as flight ready we do release them to the public. But Aviator watches aren’t just for pilots. Their sturdy construction and unmatched styling make them an excellent and affordable choice for watch lovers everywhere, even if they never leave the ground.
- Quartz, Ronda 5040.D
- Hours, minutes, seconds, date, 1/10th second chronograph, tachometric scale
- Brushed steel, 43 mm
- Red rubber-clad chronograph stop/start pusher
- Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-glare treatment
- Back with 3D engraving of the “Swifts” MIG 29 fighter jets
- Water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar / 330 ft)
- Luminescent numerals, hour-markesr and hands 30-minute, 1/10th second and small seconds counters at 9, 6 and 3 o’clock respectively
- Date window at 6 o’clock
- Integrated black rubber