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; Pre-Owned Men's Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel. Features a black color dial with an... Available immediately $11,950   Watch details Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT Steel Chronograph Watch - AB042011/... Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT Steel Chronograph Watch - AB042011/... Ref. No. AB042011/C851/375A; Steel; Automatic; Location: United States, NY, New York; Warranty: 2 Year International Warranty Retail Price: $10,020.00 Size: 44mm Case: Steel Dial: ... Available immediately $7,320   Watch details
IWC S/S Black Dial Die Grosse Fliegeruhr Big Pilot B&P... IWC S/S Black Dial Die Grosse Fliegeruhr Big Pilot B&P... Ref. No. IW500201; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, London; A Stainless Steel Die Grosse Fliegeruhr Big Pilot Gents Wristwatch, black dial with arabic... Available immediately $9,246   2 Watch details Breitling 18k Automatic Chronomat Chronograph - Box & Papers Breitling 18k Automatic Chronomat Chronograph - Box & Papers Ref. No. K13050/1; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1997; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles; Included With Every Purchase: - 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Fully Serviced & Polished Timepiece... Available immediately $11,495   Watch details IWC Mark XVII Black Dial SS / SS IWC Mark XVII Black Dial SS / SS Ref. No. 3265-04; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; This is a stainless steel IWC Mark XVII IW326504. It has an integral stainless steel IWC link... Available immediately $4,250   10 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; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Watch is in perfect condition and... Available immediately $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; Pre-Owned Bell & Ross (BR01-92) automatic watch, features a 46mm x 46mm black PVD and rose gold... Available immediately $5,650   Watch details Bell & Ross Authentic Ladies  Aviation BR03-92-SC Steel... Bell & Ross Authentic Ladies Aviation BR03-92-SC Steel... Ref. No. BR03-92-SC; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Location: United States, NY, New York; Authentic Ladies Bell & Ross Aviation BR03-92-SC Steel Ceramic Automatic Watch. Excellent... Available immediately $1,995   1 Watch details Breitling H22360 Limited Edition Chrono-Matic 24H, Red Gold Breitling H22360 Limited Edition Chrono-Matic 24H, Red Gold Ref. No. H2236012/B818; Red gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Limited Edition of 250 pieces! Condition: pre-owned, in mint condition. Box... Available immediately $9,950   6 Watch details
Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Ceramic Black... Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Ceramic Black... Ref. No. 116710 LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles; Pre-Owned Men's Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel, Features a black color dial, Ceramic black... Available immediately $7,300   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; JUST IN! Discontinued gmt master two with black and red bezel! In like new condition with Rolex... Available immediately $5,300   Watch details IWC TOP GUN AUTOMATIC CERAMIC - IW379901 IWC TOP GUN AUTOMATIC CERAMIC - IW379901 Ref. No. IW379901; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, FL, Moorpark, CA; Brand: IWC Model: Top Gun Reference: IW379901 Movement: Automatic Case Material:... Available immediately $8,700   Watch details Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-Master II - Black Dial - 16713 Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-Master II - Black Dial - 16713 Ref. No. 16713; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2000's; Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles; Condition: MINT!!! Watch Comes Fully Polished And Time Tested For Accuracy!! Please refer to the... Available immediately $6,200   Watch details Rolex GMT Master II Black Bezel SS Rolex GMT Master II Black Bezel SS Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2000; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Rolex 16710 GMT Master II, Stainless Steel on a Stainless Steel Oyster Bracelet, Automatic... Available immediately $5,900   10 Watch details Breitling Chronomat Stainless Steel Band, Great Condition Breitling Chronomat Stainless Steel Band, Great Condition Ref. No. A13050.1; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Breitling Stainless Steel Chronomat /... Available immediately $2,850   1 Watch details Breitling Navitimer Chrono-matic Limited Edition A41350 Breitling Navitimer Chrono-matic Limited Edition A41350 Ref. No. A41350; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; Pre-Owned Breitling Navitimer Chrono-matic Limited Edition (A41350) self-winding automatic watch,... Available immediately $4,200   Watch details Breitling B13352 Chronomat with UTC Module, Steel & Yellow... Breitling B13352 Chronomat with UTC Module, Steel & Yellow... Ref. No. B13352; Steel; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Condition: pre-owned, in mint condition. Box and papers: no box or papers. ... Available immediately $3,400   6 Watch details IWC Spitfire Doppelchronograph 3713 IWC Spitfire Doppelchronograph 3713 Ref. No. 3713; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; Pre-Owned IWC Spitfire Doppelchronograph (3713) self-winding automatic watch, features a 42mm... Available immediately $6,350   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; Pre-Owned Men's Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel, Features a black color dial, black and red... Available immediately $6,550   Watch details Breitling A24322 Navitimer World, Steel Breitling A24322 Navitimer World, Steel Ref. No. A24322; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Condition: pre-owned, in mint condition. Box and papers: with box; no papers. ... Available immediately $3,950   6 Watch details IWC S/S Black Dial Split Second Doppelchronograph B&P... IWC S/S Black Dial Split Second Doppelchronograph B&P... Ref. No. IW3713-033; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Year 2002; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, London; A Stainless Steel Split Second Doppelchronograph Gents Wristwatch, black dial with arabic numbers... Available immediately $7,027   2 Watch details IWC Mint Men's  Schaffhausen Fleiger Pilot Chronograph... IWC Mint Men's Schaffhausen Fleiger Pilot Chronograph... Ref. No. 3741; Steel; Quartz; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York; Mint Men's IWC Schaffhausen Fleiger Chronograph Pilot Ref 3741 Meca Quartz Watch. Mint condition,... Available immediately $1,995   1 Watch details IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Champagne Dial 18K Rose Gold IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Champagne Dial 18K Rose Gold Ref. No. IW502639; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; IWC 5026 Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar, IW502639, 502639, 5026-39, Limited Edition to 250 Pieces,... Available immediately $36,800   10 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; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Feel free to contact us for more... Available immediately $3,700   1 Watch details Rolex Mens SS 16710 GMT-Master II -  Black Dial w/ Coke Insert Rolex Mens SS 16710 GMT-Master II - Black Dial w/ Coke Insert Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles; Condition: MINT!!! Watch Comes Fully Polished And Time Tested For Accuracy!! Please refer to the... Available immediately $5,300   Watch details IWC S/S Black Dial Split Second Der Doppelchronograph B&P IWC S/S Black Dial Split Second Der Doppelchronograph B&P Ref. No. IW371319; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Year 2007; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, London; A Stainless Steel Split Second Der Doppelchronograph Gents Wristwatch, black dial with arabic... Available immediately $7,323   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; Authentic Men's Bell & Ross Marine BR 02 92 Date PVD Steel Automatic Watch. Excellent condition,... Available immediately $1,995   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; Pre-Owned Men's Rolex GMT-Master II Steel and Gold, Features a black color dial, Ceramic black... Available immediately $9,500   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; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S LIMITED 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Retail Price for this watch is... Available immediately $5,900   1 Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2008; Location: United States, NY, New York; ROLEX SOUGHT AFTER GMT11 STEEL CERAMIC BEZEL WATCH! 2008 WITH COMPANY WARRANTY! M SERIES! MINT... Available immediately $6,550   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".