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The Best Pilot Watches for Every Budget (2019)

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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.

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The Best Pilot Watches under $500

1. 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.

$94.76215.00

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Seiko Chronograph SNN241
Last update: October 19, 2019

2. 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. 

$187.98231.06

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk
Last update: October 19, 2019

3. AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane

The AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane is 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.

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$168.00210.00

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AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane
Last update: October 19, 2019

4. AVI-8 Flyboy Centenary 1960s

In commemoration of the RAF’s 100th year anniversary, Avi-8 announced the 1960’s and 1980s edition of the Centenary Flyboy.

Following in the success of the 1920’s and 1940s issues, which have since sold out, the newest releases in this once only drop of Avi-8 timepieces look to be similarly well received. Utilizing the same chassis, and movement each collection nonetheless hints at each decade of aviation achievement.

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$286.80358.51

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AVI-8 Flyboy Centenary 1960s
Last update: October 19, 2019

5. 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.

$379.23

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Laco Type A Dial Miyota
Last update: October 19, 2019

The Best Pilot Watches over $500

1. 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.

$995.001277.00

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Hamilton Khaki Pilot
Last update: October 19, 2019

2. Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Skyhawk A-T Chronograph

Redefining atomic timekeeping, in the Promaster Collection, with a turbine inspired bold and powerful design. From the Citizen Eco-Drive Collection, this Promaster Skyhawk A-T watch is the perfect traveling companion, no matter where the wind takes you. Boasting atomic timekeeping in 43 cities, this watch features a perpetual calendar, dual time, alarms and pilot's rotating slide rule bezel. The Super Titanium case showcases a black dial with bright orange accents and luminescent hands and markers for easy visbility. Completing the look is a lightweight titanium bracelet that secures comfortably with a fold-over clasp with hidden push buttons. Finally, Eco-Drive technology allows this timepiece to charge in any light, eliminating the need for a battery.

$661.50

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Skyhawk A-T Chronograph
Last update: October 19, 2019

3. Garmin D2 Charlie

First, Garmin invented wrist-worn portable navigation. Now, with the D2 Charlie series pilot watches, they’ve transformed the aviator watch by introducing exclusive features and stylish looks tailored to enthusiasts and pilots alike. 

With a rich array of color mapping, weather, waypoint reference and flight logging features, D2 Charlie sets the standard for on-wrist situational reference and backup navigation in your cockpit. You can pan and zoom the watch’s moving map to quickly expand your view of airports, waypoints, terrain, obstacles or weather activity along your route of flight. Wherever you travel, smart notifications (emails, text messages, alerts and more) can display on the watch to help you stay in the know while on the go. And between flights, you can use the latest sport watch features — including Elevate wrist-based heart rate monitoring, daily activity tracking, training metrics and more — to keep up with your personal fitness goals.

$674.00

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Garmin D2 Charlie Aviator Watch, Leather Band
Last update: October 19, 2019

The Best Pilot Watches over $1000

1. 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.

$2450.00

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Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Last update: October 19, 2019

2. 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.

$7500.00

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Breitling Navitimer
Last update: October 19, 2019

3. 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.

$5479.00

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Breitling Cockpit B50
Last update: October 19, 2019


Last updated on September 16, 2019 by Senne Vandenputte

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