Pilot Watches


Mens wristwatches literally took off in 1911. That's the year the first pilot watches were made, making them the first viable wristwatch models for men and giving them a major marketing boost. More...

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Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Diamond... Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Diamond... Ref. No. 116710 LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $11,950   Watch details Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic Bezel Stainless Steel 116710 Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic Bezel Stainless Steel 116710 Ref. No. 116710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2011; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $7,050   1 Watch details
Bell & Ross BR01-92 Bell & Ross BR01-92 Ref. No. BR01-92; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,750   Watch details Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-Master II - 16713 model - Gold Thru Buckle Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-Master II - 16713 model - Gold Thru Buckle Ref. No. 16713; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2000's; Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,795   Watch details Bell & Ross BR03-92 Instrument 42mm Black PVD Stainless Steel Bell & Ross BR03-92 Instrument 42mm Black PVD Stainless Steel Ref. No. BR03-92-S; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2014; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, FL, Hollywood Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $2,795   1 Watch details Breitling stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Windrider Chronomat Breitling stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Windrider Chronomat Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $3,800   2 Watch details Bell & Ross Authentic Men Marine BR 02 92 Date PVD Steel... Bell & Ross Authentic Men Marine BR 02 92 Date PVD Steel... Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $1,795   1 Watch details IWC Pilots Mark Xvii Iw326501 Stainless Steel Automatic... IWC Pilots Mark Xvii Iw326501 Stainless Steel Automatic... Ref. No. IW326501; Steel; Automatic; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $3,825   Watch details Rolex GMT MASTER II 16710 Rolex GMT MASTER II 16710 Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1997; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,300   Watch details
Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Black and Red... Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Black and Red... Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,550   Watch details IWC Der FliegerChronograph 12630 Stainless Steel SUPER CLEAN IWC Der FliegerChronograph 12630 Stainless Steel SUPER CLEAN Ref. No. 223-12630; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $3,700   1 Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II U Series REF: 16710 Rolex GMT-Master II U Series REF: 16710 Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1997; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,550   1 Watch details Rolex Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-MASTER II - Black Dial - 16713 Rolex Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-MASTER II - Black Dial - 16713 Ref. No. 16713; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,800   Watch details IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar 'Top Gun' 48mm Black... IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar 'Top Gun' 48mm Black... Ref. No. 5029-02; Titanium; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2015; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, FL, Hollywood Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $25,995   1 Watch details Rolex 18k white gold GMT-Master II Rolex 18k white gold GMT-Master II Ref. No. 116719; White gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $29,000   2 Watch details Breitling Men's E65062 Repetition Minutes Titanium... Breitling Men's E65062 Repetition Minutes Titanium... Ref. No. E65062; Titanium; Quartz; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $1,645   1 Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2012; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,700   Watch details Bell & Ross Authentic Men's BR01-92-S Limited Edition... Bell & Ross Authentic Men's BR01-92-S Limited Edition... Ref. No. BR01-92-S; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $2,295   1 Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Steel and Gold Black Dial Ceramic Black... Rolex GMT-Master II Steel and Gold Black Dial Ceramic Black... Ref. No. 116713 LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,500   Watch details Breitling 44 Breitling 44 Ref. No. AB011011/C789-131S; Steel; Automatic; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $3,999   Watch details IWC Spitfire Chronograph IW3717-05 IWC Spitfire Chronograph IW3717-05 Ref. No. IW3717-05; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,350   Watch details IWC Pilots 7 Days IWC Pilots 7 Days Ref. No. IW500201; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available in 3-5 working days Payment & processing through Chrono24 $8,900   3 Watch details Bell & Ross BR02-94 Marine Chrono Ref. BR02-94S/R 44mm PVD... Bell & Ross BR02-94 Marine Chrono Ref. BR02-94S/R 44mm PVD... Ref. No. BR02-94S/R; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2015; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, FL, Hollywood Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,995   1 Watch details IWC stainless steel Pilot's Chronograph IWC stainless steel Pilot's Chronograph Ref. No. 3717; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,500   2 Watch details Rolex Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-MASTER II - Black Dial - 16713 Rolex Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-MASTER II - Black Dial - 16713 Ref. No. 16713; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,300   Watch details Breitling Aerospace Evolution E7936310/F562 Breitling Aerospace Evolution E7936310/F562 Ref. No. E7936310/F562; Titanium; Quartz; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $2,200   Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Steel and Gold Rolex GMT-Master II Steel and Gold Ref. No. 116713LN; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2014; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $10,300   Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Black 24hr... Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Black 24hr... Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,350   Watch details Breitling 18k yellow gold Aerospace Breitling 18k yellow gold Aerospace Yellow gold; Quartz; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,300   2 Watch details IWC Doppelchronograph Spitfire 3713 IWC Doppelchronograph Spitfire 3713 Ref. No. 3713; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,900   1 Watch details
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Pilot Watches - Ready for Takeoff

It was renowned watchmaker Cartier who made the first pilot watch and helped lay the building blocks for the wristwatch revolution that would arrive after the war. His friend, the Brazilian ace Alberto Santos Dumont, needed a hands-free timekeeping solution. Cartier set himself to the task. Barnstorming met brainstorming, and the result was the Santos, the first in a long line of pilot watches. The year was 1911 - aviation and pilot watches were still in their infancy, but things would soon take off.

Key Features of Pilot Watches

Pilot watches are really aerial chronographs. A chronograph is a watch with additional stopwatch functionality. Pilots needed - and need - to know not just what time it is but how long they've been in the air or on a certain course, at a certain altitude, etc. So already, a pilot watch has to be something special.

Pilot watches must also perform within a certain range of accuracy. Lose too much time and calculations of position or remaining fuel will turn out wrong. Pilot watches also have to deal with differences in temperature and pressure caused by altitude, as well as magnetic forces.

Compared to diving watches, though, pilot watches don't really have that many special features or requirements that set them apart from more standard-issue chronographic watches. They were often similar to the sort of watches that militaries around the world required for general purpose. Still, as the preferred companions of historical aviators, they have a special cache.

Historical Special Features of Pilot Watches

We take it for granted that our watches are accurate and remain accurate - our mindset towards time is something like set it and forget it. The original pilot watches, though, were, like other watches, not as precise and reliable as our digital companions. In addition, they had to contend with conditions literally above and beyond those on the ground. That meant that pilot watches need to be easily adjustable so that pilots could be sure that they were still precisely following "real" time.

How'd that work in practice? From the ground, minutes would be sounded off via radio based on the readings of a highly accurate clock back at base. A bezel displaying the seconds was separate from the minutes and hours. It was adjustable, meaning that pilots could use the radio broadcast to sync their seconds display with that of the ground clock without having to adjust the rest of the mechanical readouts on their pilot watches. Since the watches were reliable enough that the minutes, let alone the hours, wouldn't get out of sync, this method ensured that pilots had a simple way of making accurate calculations while in the air. The process of adjusting the seconds is called "hacking" and the seconds on an old-style pilot watch are "hack seconds".