1903 AGE OF PIONEERS
The Wright brothers achieve the first powered heavier-than-air flight in the world. The aircraft travels 852 feet in 59 seconds. After numerous attempts of many aviators, the dream of humankind comes true – man now can fly.
The history of heavier-than-air flights begins ultimately inspiring the foundation of AVIATOR brand
1910s AIRCRAFT GO TO WAR
The beginning of war boosted the development of aviation. Between 1914 and 1918, aviation matured under the stress of military needs. For the first time in its history, aircraft were operated as combat machines on a daily basis. More powerful engines and sturdier constructions turned the page of aviation industry.
Inspired by this breakthrough AVIATOR developed a watch model dedicated to Bristol Fighter, one of the most successful aircrafts of the WWI period. The watch reflects the spirit of WWI period and embodies design features of that time.
1930s PASSENGERS NOW BOARDING
After the WWI the air travel rapidly developed from hazardous adventure into convenient service. The first passenger services after the war used converted military aircrafts, which provided unconformable and dangerous experience. However, the decade after an air travel became better organized and more convenient for passengers. It was the Douglas DC-3, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and was universally recognized as the greatest airplane of its time.
To commemorate the beginning of air travel AVIATOR created the Douglas model line combining art-deco style with subtle echoes of the pocket watch design popular at 1930s.
1940s BATTLE FOR THE SKIES
During WWII, aircrafts played a vital role in army operations, providing the troops support from the air and mobility. It was during this period when the scale of aircraft production soared, with more than a thousand bombers sometimes sent to a single mission.
Along with the increase of aircraft production, the produce of wristwatches soared as well. It was during WWII when the pilots and troops received wristwatches as an essential equipment for their missions. To highlight this important period AVIATOR develops the classical military wristwatch under AIRACOBRA and KINGCOBRA model lines with direct reference to time instruments used by pilots and military at that time.
1947 BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER
On October 14, 1947, the day that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier reaching the speed of March 1 with the Bell X-1 aircraft. The first milestone is passed inspiring the industry experts for greater achievements in aviation technology.
AVIATOR pays homage to this important event by introducing a watch, which is devoted to MIG-21 fighter, one of the most successful early supersonic jets.
2000 THE BIRTH OF AVIATOR
AVIATOR brand is born paying tribute to the spirit of aviation. It is not a coincidence that the brand was created in Russia, a country, which historically is renowned for its aviation feats and courageous pilots.
2002 WORLDWIDE TRADEMARK
AVIATOR is registered worldwide and distributed throughout numerous countries across three continents.
2006 THE SWIFTS
AVIATOR partners with the renowned Russian aerobatic team, the SWIFTS.
2007 F-SERIES COLLECTION
AVIATOR F-Series Collection debuts exclusively for Travel Retail Market. (Currently available on 150+ airlines and Duty Free Shops.)
2008 WINGS OF MOTHERLAND
Wings of Motherland collection is launched, featuring chronograph pushers in the form of wings, dedicated to the world’s first airplane creators.
2009 UNIQUE CHRONOGRAPH
AXIOM collection is introduced by AVIATOR, featuring frontal chronograph pushers on the case — a first in watch design.
2010 IT'S SWISS ADVANTAGE
A strategic decision to move AVIATOR production and headquarters to Switzerland opens the gate to new technology and watch innovations.
2011 NEW COLLECTION
The first Swiss Made collection of AVIATOR watches, featuring 30 models is presented at BaselWorld fair.
2013 PROFESSIONAL CHRONOGRAPH
The iconic AXIOM model is reworked and re-introduced under PROFESSIONAL FAMILY