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 A 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 excellent reputation 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.
Since 2011 Aviator watches have been developed and manufactured in Switzerland’s Canton of Jura – home of the watchmaking industry. This location facilitates collaboration with the highest quality suppliers enabling us to pursue our philosophy: to build reliable watches meeting the rigorous standards of time instruments, whilst combining original aviation designs. In the cultural heart of the Jura, in the town of Porrentruy, our manufacture brings together all the brand’s watchmaking operations, including research and development, movement modification, assembly of components, and rigorous multi-level quality tests. Every Aviator watch combines the professional skills and experience of watchmakers, with the sincere passion for aviation and the art of timepieces.