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 GMT 47mm Steel Watch Breitling Chronomat GMT 47mm Steel Watch Ref. No. AB041210/BB48; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2014; New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; Selfwinding chronograph. Steel case satin-finish. Limited Edition. Onyx black dial. Pilot... Available immediately $ 7,117   Watch details
Rolex GMT Master ii Stainless Steel Ceramic Bezel 116710LN Rolex GMT Master ii Stainless Steel Ceramic Bezel 116710LN Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2013; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, London; - Rolex GMT Master ii This a Rolex GMT Master ii. Model No. 116710LN. It has a 40mm... Available immediately $ 7,118   4 Watch details Breitling Stainless Steel Limited Edition Navitimer Air 04 A41322 Breitling Stainless Steel Limited Edition Navitimer Air 04 A41322 Ref. No. A41322; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Location: United Kingdom, London; A Stainless Steel Limited Edition Navitimer Gents Wristwatch, silver dial with index batons and... Available immediately $ 4,420   2 Watch details Breitling Chronomat Evolution A13356 Steel Blue Dial 2005... Breitling Chronomat Evolution A13356 Steel Blue Dial 2005... Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2005; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, London; Breitling Chronomat Evolution Model A13356. Automatic chronometer Breitling calibre 13 movement.... Available immediately $ 3,739   5 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 Breitling 18k/SS Chronomat Breitling 18k/SS Chronomat Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling 18k/SS Chronomat, automatic, size 40mm. Breitling model B13050 with a stainless steel... Available immediately $ 2,500   2 Watch details Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Eclipse SS / Strap 41.5MM Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Eclipse SS / Strap 41.5MM Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Eclipse A43030, Special Edition Model Only Produced from... Available immediately $ 4,800   9 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 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 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 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 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 Chronomat Breitling Chronomat Ref. No. AB0110; Steel; Automatic; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; Weight: 225 g Available immediately $ 6,999   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 stainless steel Chronomat Breitling stainless steel Chronomat Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling stainless steel Chronomat, automatic, size 42mm. Breitling model A13352 with a... Available immediately $ 3,000   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 IWC SS Mark XV IWC SS Mark XV Steel; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, Boston; IWC SS Mark XV, 38mm, steel case with sapphire crystal, black dial with luminous hands, custom... Available immediately $ 2,800   2 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 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 $ 5,800   Watch details IWC Pilots Chronograph IW3717-04 IWC Pilots Chronograph IW3717-04 Ref. No. IW3717-04; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; Pre-Owned IWC Pilot's Chronograph (IW371704) self-winding automatic watch, features a 42mm... Available immediately $ 5,250   Watch details Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic SS / SS Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic SS / SS Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2006; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; This is a 904L stainless steel Rolex GMT Master II, 116710LN. It includes an integral stainless... Available immediately $ 7,300   9 Watch details Breitling Montbrillant Olympus a1935012/b774-ss Breitling Montbrillant Olympus a1935012/b774-ss Ref. No. a1935012/b774-ss; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Southampton; Retail Price::  $8,750.00 The Breitling Montbrillant Olympus Watch will suit any... Available immediately $ 6,295   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; *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 IWC Spitfire UTC Die Fliegeruhr IW3251 IWC Spitfire UTC Die Fliegeruhr IW3251 Ref. No. IW3251; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; Pre-Owned IWC Spitfire UTC Die Fliegeruhr (IW3251) self-winding automatic watch, features a 39mm... Available immediately $ 3,250   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 $ 13,900   9 Watch details Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold Masterpiece Dark Mother of Pearl... Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold Masterpiece Dark Mother of Pearl... Ref. No. 18948; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los Angeles; Men's Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece Yellow Gold. Factory dark mother of pearl with 8 round and 2... Available immediately $ 49,855   Watch details 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 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* This Navitimer is very hard to... Available immediately $ 6,250   1 Watch details IWC IW379901 Pilot's Top Gun Doppelchronograph, Ceramic IWC IW379901 Pilot's Top Gun Doppelchronograph, Ceramic Ref. No. IW379901; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Condition: pre-owned, in mint condition. Box and papers: with box and papers. ... Available immediately $ 8,650   6 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".