AVI-8 Flyboy Lafayette Watch

This watch commemorates the first American combat aviators. (Courtesy AVI-8)

Back in 1916, before the United States officially entered World War I, 38 American pilots volunteered to fly for France, becoming what former Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley called “the founding fathers of American combat aviation."

The tricolor stitching on the Lafayette's ($247) leather band is a salute to those fighter pilots and the bond they helped create between the United States and France. The watch is also designed to mimic the look and feel of an older mechanical timepiece, but has fewer moving parts, making it more accurate and trouble free. 

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