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 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   since
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Rolex GMT Master II Green Index Dial Rolex GMT Master II Green Index Dial Ref. No. 116718; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; 18K Yellow Gold Rolex GMT Master II Anniversary Edition, Green Dial. The Case Diameter is... Available immediately $ 24,800   since
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Breitling Chronomat 01 44mm Antarctica White AB011012 A690 Breitling Chronomat 01 44mm Antarctica White AB011012 A690 Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2013; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, London; Breitling Chronomat 01 44mm Antarctica White AB011012/A690 375A FUNCTIONS: Powered by a... Available immediately $ 6,301   since
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IWC Classic Pilot's Chronograph IW3706 IWC Classic Pilot's Chronograph IW3706 Ref. No. IW3706; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned IWC does not come with box or papers. We back the watch with a 15-month warranty! Available immediately $ 4,200   since
2012
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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 2-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Watch is in perfect condition and... Available immediately $ 7,050   since
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Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Ref. No. 16760; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1987; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II, automatic, size 40mm. Rolex model # 16760 with a stainless... Available immediately $ 5,500   since
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IWC Spitfire Mark XVI IW325502 IWC Spitfire Mark XVI IW325502 Ref. No. IW325502; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Southampton; Retail Price::  $4,100.00 The Spitfire Mark XVI, successor to the popular Spitfire Mark... Available immediately $ 3,195   since
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IWC Top Gun Pilots Chronograph 3880 IWC Top Gun Pilots Chronograph 3880 Ref. No. IW388001; Titanium; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2013; New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, Cheshire; Continuing their tradition of aviation themed wristwatches with the IWC Top Gun Pilots Chronograp... Available immediately $ 11,417   since
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Breitling Navitimer 1461 Ref A19370 Ltd Edition Breitling Navitimer 1461 Ref A19370 Ltd Edition Ref. No. A19370; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2011; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, IL, Wheaton; Breitling Limited edition stainless steel 1461 Navitimer 4 year calendar moon phase chronograph.... Available immediately $ 7,750   since
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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   since
2012
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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 M SERIES! MINT CONDITION! NONE AROUND! GREAT... Available immediately $ 6,750   since
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II 40MM Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II 40MM Ref. No. 116713LN; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2008/2009; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; THIS BEAUTY IS SOLD! WE HAVE MORE! Beatiful rolex gmt master 2 two tone in excellent condition... Available immediately $ 8,950   since
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Breitling Navitimer 50th Anniversary A41322 Breitling Navitimer 50th Anniversary A41322 Ref. No. A41322; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned Breitling comes with box and papers. This is a limited edition 50th Anniversary... Available immediately $ 5,250   since
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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 2-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Retail Price for this watch is... Available immediately $ 5,900   since
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Breitling vintage stainless steel vintage Navitimer Breitling vintage stainless steel vintage Navitimer Ref. No. 806; Steel; Manual winding; Condition 2 (fine); Year 1963; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling vintage stainless steel vintage Navitimer, manual, size 41mm. Breitling ref. 806,... Available immediately $ 3,200   since
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IWC Pilot's Chronograph IW370607 IWC Pilot's Chronograph IW370607 Ref. No. IW370607; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Southampton; Retail Price::  $5,500.00 Functionality, precision and reliability are the qualities... Available immediately $ 3,995   since
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IWC PILOT'S VINTAGE 1936 STAINLESS STEEL IWC PILOT'S VINTAGE 1936 STAINLESS STEEL Ref. No. IW325401; Steel; Manual winding; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2012; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, IL, Wheaton; Stainless steel IWC Pilot's Watch from their "Vintage Collection", Reference IW325401 limited to... Available immediately $ 5,800   since
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Breitling MEN'S NAVITIMER MONTBRILLANT DATORA WATCH - 18K... Breitling MEN'S NAVITIMER MONTBRILLANT DATORA WATCH - 18K... Ref. No. R2133012-Q537-739P; Red gold; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2012; New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; SPECIFICATIONS Size: 42mm without crown Case: Polished 18K Rose Gold Dial: Bronze sunburst... Available immediately $ 11,200   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   since
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Rolex GMT Master II 116718 18KYG Green Dial Ceramic Bezel Rolex GMT Master II 116718 18KYG Green Dial Ceramic Bezel Ref. No. 116718; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2006; With Box; Location: United States, IL, Wheaton; Rolex 18K yellow gold GMT with ceramic bezel and green dial. Reference 116718, Z serial number... Available immediately $ 23,900   since
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Rolex GMT-Master II, Black Dial, Blue & Black Ceramic... Rolex GMT-Master II, Black Dial, Blue & Black Ceramic... Ref. No. 116710 BLNR; Steel; Automatic; Location: United States, NY, New York; Super Exclusive & Extremely Rare EXCLUSIVE MANUFACTURED TIMEPIECES The Latest Release... Available immediately $ 9,495   since
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Breitling CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND - LIMITED 25... Breitling CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND - LIMITED 25... Ref. No. K1335663/A572; Yellow gold; Automatic; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York City; EXTREMELY RARE & EXCLUSIVE MODEL ~~~ BREITLNG CHRONOMAT EVOLUTION YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND **... Available immediately $ 33,500   since
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Breitling Navitimer (old II) 2-tone with Bracelet  MINT Breitling Navitimer (old II) 2-tone with Bracelet MINT Ref. No. D13022; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year Circa 2000; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; * COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 2-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* This Navitimer is very hard to... Available immediately $ 6,250   since
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Breitling 18k yellow gold vintage Chronomat Breitling 18k yellow gold vintage Chronomat Ref. No. 769; Manual winding; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1945; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling 18k yellow gold vintage Chronomat, manual,size 36mm. Breitling ref. 769 with 18k rose... Available immediately $ 5,000   since
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Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT AB042011/BB56 Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT AB042011/BB56 Ref. No. AB042011/BB56; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned Breitling comes complete with box and papers. The watch comes on a brand new... Available immediately $ 5,250   since
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Breitling Navitimer World A2432212/B726/441X/A20BA.1 Breitling Navitimer World A2432212/B726/441X/A20BA.1 Ref. No. A2432212/B726/441X/A20BA.1; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2014; New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, Preston; Breitling Navitimer World Ref: A2432212/B726/441X/A20BA.1 RRP: £4,710 OUR PRICE:... Available immediately $ 6,023   since
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IWC IW377701 Pilot's Watch Chronograph Latest Model Stainless IWC IW377701 Pilot's Watch Chronograph Latest Model Stainless Ref. No. IW377701; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York City; IWC IW377701 Pilot's Watch Chronograph Latest Model Stainless Steel Black Dial and Black... Available immediately $ 4,950   since
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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; Condition: MINT!!! Watch Comes Fully Polished And Time Tested For Accuracy!! Please refer to the... Available immediately $ 4,800   since
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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   since
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution Chronograph SS Black Dial Breitling Chronomat Evolution Chronograph SS Black Dial Ref. No. A1335611; Steel; Automatic; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling A1335611 Chronomat Evolution, Stainless Steel on a Stainless Steel Bracelet, Automatic... Available immediately $ 3,700   since
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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".