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The Best Pilot Watches for Every Budget (2018)

Pilot watches have existed since the first human flights more than a century ago. Since then, the pilot watch has evolved, incorporating a sleek, stylish, and dressy aesthetic without sacrificing the original concept. The finest of pilot watches can not only round off the snazziest of outfits, they’re still practical for aviation. From sleek, minimalistic pilot watches, to advanced watches packed with the latest aviation technology, we compiled this list of the best pilot watches for every budget.

The Best Pilot Watches for Every Budget (2018)

The best pilot watches below $500

Seiko Chronograph SNN241

Seiko’s model SNN241 is a refined and polished luxury dress watch that, while affordable, doesn’t lack in quality. It’s sleek design and pristine functional ability make it one of the best watches available in the sub $100 price range. The construction features a stainless steel body and a contrast-stitched leather band that make this watch appear much more luxurious and high-class than you’d initially imagine.

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk

Soar to new heights with Citizen Eco-Drive Nighthawk, a flight watch for both novice and professional pilots. Nighthawk features a pilot's slide rule dial ring operated by a crown at the 8 o'clock position, dual time, date, non-reflective crystal and large luminous markers and hands for easy readability. Stainless steel with 42mm screw-back case. Featuring our Eco-Drive technology – powered by light, any light. Never needs a battery. 

Citizen Eco-Drive Avion

Citizen's Avion is a vintage-inspired timepiece reminiscent of transatlantic flights from the 1950's. Design cues taken from the golden age of travel include the rich brown leather strap with contrast stitching, luminous markers and classic date function. In a stainless steel case with black dial this timepiece now has the added 1/5th-second chronograph and 12/24-hour time features. Featuring our Eco-Drive technology – powered by light, any light. Never needs a battery. 

AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane

The classic aviation-inspired chronograph. Classic case shape lines house detailed dials, colours, and graphics that celebrate the spirit and adventurism of an era gone by. Straightforward hour indexing, bold hands, and detailed vintage designed subdials of the chronograph are all blended to create a timepiece that is elegant in design, precise in performance and stylish in its comment on the wearer. Strapped with a genuine leather strap that is both dressy yet casual, this is a timepiece that nods to chivalry and performance.

Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

The Garmin D2 is a pilot watch designed to be as sophisticated in style as it is in function. It’s the first pilot watch to help you in-flight, boasting a high-sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver, altimeter with adjustable baro setting, and 3-axis compass. It has a domed lens to make the screen easy to read in direct sunlight, and a brilliant orange backlight for night flights.

Laco Type A Dial Miyota

There are pilot watches. And then there are pilot watches from Laco. As one of a few exclusive companies the workshop in Pforzheim can look back on a long tradition. Whereas in the 1940s a Laco was an indispensable tool in the cockpit, today it is an expression of freedom. With a Laco pilot watch you are not only wearing a precise and robust watch on your wrist, but also a piece of history.

The best pilot watches above $500

Hamilton Khaki Pilot

The Khaki Pilot gives the wearer the feel of an early American pilot with its classic aviator design. It features a large, easy to read black dial, day and date function, brown leather, and superluminova hands. The Khaki Pilot is an essential piece of form and function for any pilot.

Hamilton Khaki Flight Timer Quartz

Digital and analog displays reach new heights with the Khaki FLIGHT TIMER, a sophisticated, multi-functional aviation watch, which incorporates a dedicated pilot's logbook to record details of up to 20 flights and for each of them 99 landings. The watch accommodates a comprehensive spectrum of practical and dynamic functionality such as: two digital timezones, UTC time, alarm, chronograph, countdown, flight time recorder, ISA temperature display and perpetual calendar.

CitizenLimited Edition Promaster Skyhawk A-T

Redefining atomic timekeeping, in the Promaster Collection, with a turbine inspired bold and powerful design. The newest edition, limited to 5,000 pieces, is the CITIZEN Limited Edition Super Titanium™ Skyhawk A-T. A remarkably dynamic and visually appealing timepiece featuring chronograph, perpetual calendar, dual time, alarms, countdown timer, digital backlight and UTC displays, power reserve and pilot's rotating slide rule bezel. This model appears in Super Titanium™ with black dial and bright cobalt blue accents.Featuring our Eco-Drive technology – powered by light, any light. Never needs a battery.

Garmin D2 Bravo Titanium

First, Garmin invented wrist-worn portable navigation. Now, with the D2 Bravo series pilot watches, we’ve transformed the aviator watch by introducing exclusive features and stylish looks tailored to enthusiasts and pilots alike. With the D2 Bravo series, we’ve merged functionality and sophistication to create a pragmatic timepiece for the cockpit that also transitions easily to your everyday activities.

With streamlined mode selection, a crisp color display, enhanced graphics, added wireless connectivity options and easy-to-access METAR and TAF screens for weather information at a glance, the D2 Bravo series is a true GPS-based flight system in a wrist-worn configuration. And these watches double as stylish, highly accurate timepieces that any pilot or aviation enthusiast could proudly wear anywhere, anytime — whether that’s a fly-out round of golf or an overnight business trip with a morning jog before a client meeting.

The best pilot watches above $1000

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

The Big Crown ProPilot offers function-based design at its most successful. The collection is full of pioneering watches, aimed at pilots who value the ProPilot’s cockpit-ready functionality and aesthetic.

Breitling Navitimer 

An expert manufacturer and pioneer of highly technical watches, Breitling has been a major player in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this feature. This Breitling Navitimer watch is the combination of mechanical precision and superior materials and construction, which has become a hallmark of this world-renowned company. Producing timepieces of immeasurable quality, Breitling is one of the last remaining independent Swiss watchmakers.

Breitling Cockpit B50

Designed to represent the ultimate pilot's instrument, this innovative titanium Breitling Cockpit B50 multifunction chronograph is equipped with exclusive technology to achieve outstanding user-friendliness. Fastened with a lightweight but strong titanium professional three-row bracelet, the 46mm titanium case has a bi-directional turning bezel with compass scale, a non-screw-locked crown with two gaskets and an integrated push piece, and is sealed with a screwed titanium case back.

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph

In the case of its Big Pilot's Watch, the company has taken a step back to the roots of the original. The triangular index is once again positioned below the chapter ring, while the numerals appear slightly bolder and the five-minute indices a little slimmer. Overall, the dial now appears more harmonious and looks uncannily like the original 1940 model. The Pilot's Watch Chronograph has reverted to a single date with day display in place of the triple date. In the interests of legibility, the five-minute numerals on the outer edge of the chapter ring have likewise been abandoned. The Pilot's Watch Chronograph is supplied with a black calfskin strap or an elegant satin-finished stainless-steel bracelet. In the Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII, we find two new models in stainless steel that have one feature in common: a reduction to the essentials. Unlike the previous version, the Mark XVII, the new models no longer have a triple date display and have been reduced by one millimeter to 40.


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