The Spitfire: A Legend of Military Aviation

The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the most iconic and celebrated fighter aircraft in the history of military aviation. In this blog, we explore the history and significance of the Spitfire and its enduring legacy.



The Spitfire was designed in the mid-1930s by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works. The aircraft was developed in response to a request by the Royal Air Force (RAF) for a new fighter aircraft to replace the aging Hawker Hurricane.

The first Spitfire prototype made its maiden flight in March 1936 and quickly established itself as one of the most advanced aircraft of its time. The Spitfire featured a streamlined design, powerful Rolls-Royce engine, and a revolutionary elliptical wing that provided exceptional maneuverability and speed.

Significance of the Spitfire

The Spitfire played a crucial role in the defence of Britain during World War II, particularly during the Battle of Britain. Its speed, agility, and firepower made it one of the most effective aircraft of the war, and it was responsible for shooting down more enemy aircraft than any other Allied fighter.

The Spitfire also helped to establish Britain's reputation as a leader in aircraft design and innovation. Its success in combat helped to boost morale at a time when Britain was under siege, and it inspired a generation of pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

Legacy of the Spitfire

The Spitfire remains a symbol of British engineering excellence and a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of the pilots who flew it. The aircraft has been immortalized in countless books, films, and documentaries and continues to inspire aviation enthusiasts around the world.

Many Spitfires have been preserved and restored over the years, and several are still in flying condition today. The aircraft remains a popular attraction at air shows and museums, where visitors can see firsthand the beauty and power of this legendary fighter.


The Spitfire is a true legend of military aviation, a symbol of innovation, courage, and resilience. Its design and performance set new standards for fighter aircraft and helped to shape the course of World War II. Even today, more than 80 years after its first flight, the Spitfire continues to capture the imaginations of aviation enthusiasts and inspire a sense of pride and patriotism in those who admire its legacy.

Explore the AVI-8 Spitfire Collection

Capturing the cutting edge, stylish design and superior specification of the Spitfire, one of the most famous aircraft to have ever flown, the AVI-8 Spitfire collection is made up of a reliably sturdy and wearable assortment of field watches with clear aviation design details.

Spitfire Type 300 Automatic

The Spitfire Type 300 Automatic pays tribute to the prototype Supermarine developed in 1934. Inspired by the lines, form, and design of the famed World War 2 era fighter, AVI-8 delivers a unique take on a stylish timepiece that draws from one of the most famous aircraft to have ever flown.

Spitfire Lock Chronograph

There's perhaps no tale more befitting of the continuation of AVI-8's Spitfire story than that of Eric "Sawn Off" Lock, a true WWII hero who was the highest scoring British-born RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain, and the inspiration behind our Spitfire Lock Chronograph.