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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Garmin D2 Bravo
First, Garmin invented wrist-worn portable navigation. Now, with the D2 Bravo series pilot watches, they’ve transformed the aviator watch by introducing exclusive features and stylish looks tailored to enthusiasts and pilots alike. With the D2 Bravo series, they’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.
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.
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.
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Last update: May 26, 2018