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Breitling Chronomat 44 LIKE NEW REF: CB011012/C790-357C Breitling Chronomat 44 LIKE NEW REF: CB011012/C790-357C Ref. No. CB011012/C790-357C; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2016; With box; With papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $8,775
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Bell & Ross Aviation (11979) Bell & Ross Aviation (11979) Ref. No. BR0192-BL-CA; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2013 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $2,599
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Breitling Chronomat 41 AB0140AF/A744 Breitling Chronomat 41 AB0140AF/A744 Ref. No. AB0140AF/A7444; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $7,850
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Bell & Ross BR 03 92 Aviation Heritage Automatic PVD Bell & Ross BR 03 92 Aviation Heritage Automatic PVD Ref. No. BR0392SH; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2009 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $1,600
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Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2009; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,350
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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 Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $7,300
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Ref. IW371701 IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Ref. IW371701 Ref. No. IW3717-01; Steel; Automatic; Year 2011; Location: United States, FL, Hollywood Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2010 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,495
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Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2000; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2008 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,500
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Location: United States, PA, Southampton Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2010 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $7,500
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Rolex GMT Master -II Pepsi Ceramic Full Package 116710BLNR Rolex GMT Master -II Pepsi Ceramic Full Package 116710BLNR Ref. No. 116710BLNR; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2016; New; With box; With papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,000
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Rolex Mens SS GMT-Master II - Black Dial / "Coke"... Rolex Mens SS GMT-Master II - Black Dial / "Coke"... Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1990's; With box; Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,000
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IWC Pilot's Worldtimer IW3262-01 IWC Pilot's Worldtimer IW3262-01 Ref. No. IW3262-01; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,450
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IWC Big Pilot TOP GUN 7 Day Ceramic IWC Big Pilot TOP GUN 7 Day Ceramic Ref. No. 501901; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2009 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $10,500
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Rolex GMT MASTER BLACK AND BLUE Rolex GMT MASTER BLACK AND BLUE Ref. No. 116710BLNR; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2015; With box; With papers; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $8,800
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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 Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,500
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Bell & Ross Marine Automatic Ref. BR02-20-S Bell & Ross Marine Automatic Ref. BR02-20-S Ref. No. BR02-20-S; With box; With papers; Location: United States, FL, Hollywood Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2010 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $1,995
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Breitling Men's Breitling Chronomat Stainless Steel &... Breitling Men's Breitling Chronomat Stainless Steel &... Ref. No. B13050; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2014 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $1,999
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IWC Big Pilots Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery IW502617 IWC Big Pilots Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery IW502617 Ref. No. IW502617; Pink gold; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); With box; With papers; Location: United States, PA, Southampton Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2010 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $34,995
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IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition Le Voyage du... IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition Le Voyage du... Ref. No. iw371807; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Location: United States, FL, North Miami Beach Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2008 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,525
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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 Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,795
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Perpetual Calendar IW5029-02 IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Perpetual Calendar IW5029-02 Ref. No. IW5029-02; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $21,500
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Breitling Vintage Navitimer SS Circa 1968 Breitling Vintage Navitimer SS Circa 1968 Steel; Manual winding; Condition 1 (mint); With box; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2009 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,250
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Breitling Titanium Aerospace Breitling Titanium Aerospace Ref. No. F75362; Titanium; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $1,400
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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 Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,550
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Ref. IW377704 - Majority... IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Ref. IW377704 - Majority... Ref. No. IW377704 -; With box; With papers; Location: United States, FL, Hollywood Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2010 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,495
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Breitling Chronomat (60) Breitling Chronomat (60) Ref. No. A13356; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2013 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $3,039
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Rolex GMT - Master II 2 Tone Gold and Steel REF:116713LN Rolex GMT - Master II 2 Tone Gold and Steel REF:116713LN Ref. No. 116713LN; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2012; Location: United States, NY, New York Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $8,950
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IWC BIG PILOT PERPETUAL LIMITED EDITION OF 30 FOR BUCHERER IWC BIG PILOT PERPETUAL LIMITED EDITION OF 30 FOR BUCHERER Ref. No. IW502608; Pink gold; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2009; New; With box; With papers; Location: United States, CO, Vail Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2010 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $55,496
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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 Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,600
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IWC Ceramic Pilot Double Chronograph Limited Edition IW3786-01 IWC Ceramic Pilot Double Chronograph Limited Edition IW3786-01 Ref. No. IW3786-01; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia Available immediately Premium Trusted Seller since 2012 Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,950
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Pilot Watches - Time to Fly

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.

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".