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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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 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 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 $5,200   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 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   5 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 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; This is an 18K rose gold IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar, IW502639. It has an alligator leather... Available immediately $36,800   10 Watch details
Rolex GMT Master ll Coke Bezel - MINT - Box & Papers Rolex GMT Master ll Coke Bezel - MINT - Box & Papers Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Year 1993 - S290809; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles; Included With Every Purchase: - 2 YEAR WARRANTY - Fully Serviced & Polished Timepiece... Available immediately $5,200   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 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 / 18k Yellow Gold And Steel / Ref: 16713 Rolex GMT-Master II / 18k Yellow Gold And Steel / Ref: 16713 Ref. No. 16713; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* *Call us for more Information at (212)... Available immediately $5,800   1 Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 Ref. No. 116710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; Pre-Owned Rolex GMT-Master II (116710) self-winding automatic watch, features a 40mm stainless... Available immediately $8,550   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 Bell & Ross BR03-92 Aviation Military Type 42mm, Steel, RARE Bell & Ross BR03-92 Aviation Military Type 42mm, Steel, RARE Ref. No. BR03-92-S; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; RARE Military Type! Condition: pre-owned, in mint condition.. Box and... Available immediately $2,850   5 Watch details Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Datora Black / Silver Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Datora Black / Silver Ref. No. A2133012G518; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling A2133012/G518 Navitimer Montbrillant Datora, A2133012G518, Stainless Steel on an... Available immediately $4,700   10 Watch details Breitling H41360 Limited Edition Chrono-Matic, Red Gold Breitling H41360 Limited Edition Chrono-Matic, Red Gold Ref. No. H41360; Red gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Limited Edition of only 250 pieces! Condition: pre-owned, in mint condition. ... Available immediately $11,300   5 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 Pilot Double Chronograph 18K Yellow Gold IWC Pilot Double Chronograph 18K Yellow Gold Ref. No. 3713.; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; This is an 18K yellow gold IWC Pilot (Flieger) Double Chronograph, 3713. It has an alligator... Available immediately $12,700   10 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 Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold GMT-Master II Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold GMT-Master II Ref. No. 16713; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2002; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold GMT-Master II, automatic, size 40mm. Rolex ref. 16713... Available immediately $7,500   2 Watch details IWC Spitfire Chrono IW3717-02 IWC Spitfire Chrono IW3717-02 Ref. No. IW3717-02; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; Pre-Owned IWC Spitfire Chronograph (IW3717-02) self-winding automatic watch, features a 42mm... Available immediately $4,250   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; Authentic Men's Bell & Ross BR01-92-S Limited Edition Steel 46mm Automatic Watch. This watch is a... Available immediately $2,695   1 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 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 Breitling 18K YG Gent's Navitimer Breitling 18K YG Gent's Navitimer Ref. No. 81610; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling 18K YG Gent's Navitimer, automatic, size 40mm. Breitling ref. 81610 with an 18k yellow... Available immediately $6,000   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; Excellent Condition Polished, No Scratches Available immediately $6,300   Watch details Rolex GMT2 REF 116710LN - OYSTER BRACELET BLACK DIAL Rolex GMT2 REF 116710LN - OYSTER BRACELET BLACK DIAL Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2013; New; Location: United States, CA, Moorpark; Payments are by bank wire only. Wires must include the watch reference number. All wires must... Available immediately $7,495   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; Pre-Owned Men's Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel, Features a black color dial, black 24hr... Available immediately $6,350   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".