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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 18k Yellow and Steel RARE Green Dial Rolex GMT Master II 18k Yellow and Steel RARE Green Dial Ref. No. 116713LN; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2013; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 2-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* This Rolex GMT Master II is a very... Available immediately $ 10,800   since
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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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Breitling Chronomat 44. 2 Tone case. Antarctica - IB011012/A69... Breitling Chronomat 44. 2 Tone case. Antarctica - IB011012/A69... Ref. No. IB011012/A696/433X/A20BA.1; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2014; New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; Specifications Size: 44mm Case: Gold Steel Dial: Antarctica white Movment: Breitling 01... Available immediately price on request   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 44 Breitling Chronomat 44 Ref. No. AB0110AA/G686; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, NY, new york; Brand : Breitling Series : Chronomat Model Number : AB0110AA/G686 Movement : Automatic Self... Available immediately $ 7,599   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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Breitling K29020 Ltd Ed Navitimer 1952 Chronograph Quantieme,... Breitling K29020 Ltd Ed Navitimer 1952 Chronograph Quantieme,... Ref. No. K29020; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Extremely Limited Edition of only 25 pieces! Condition: pre-owned, in near-mint... Available immediately $ 15,500   since
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Breitling Chronomat 44 B01 SS / 18K Rose Gold Black Dial Roman Breitling Chronomat 44 B01 SS / 18K Rose Gold Black Dial Roman Ref. No. CB011012/; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately $ 6,200   since
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Breitling stainless steel and gold filled vintage Cosmonaute... Breitling stainless steel and gold filled vintage Cosmonaute... Ref. No. 809; Gold/Steel; Manual winding; Condition 2 (fine); Year 1960; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling stainless steel and gold filled vintage Cosmonaute Navitimer, manual, size 40mm.... Available immediately $ 4,000   since
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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 Mens SS GMT-Master II - Black Dial / Black Bezel Nato Strap Rolex Mens SS GMT-Master II - Black Dial / Black Bezel Nato Strap 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 $ 4,500   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
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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 Cosmonaute Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Ref. No. K12019; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Location: United States, NY, new york Available immediately $ 9,499   since
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution B13356 Breitling Chronomat Evolution B13356 Ref. No. B13356; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned Breitling comes with box and instruction manual. We back the watch with a... Available immediately $ 5,250   since
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Breitling H3003012GBA Limited Edition Navitimer Montbrillant... Breitling H3003012GBA Limited Edition Navitimer Montbrillant... Ref. No. H3003012GBA; Red gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Papers; Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Limited Edition of 1,000 pieces commemorating the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Condition:... Available immediately $ 15,900   since
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Breitling stainless steel and gold filled vintage Cosmonaute... Breitling stainless steel and gold filled vintage Cosmonaute... Ref. No. 809; Gold/Steel; Manual winding; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1960; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling stainless steel and gold filled vintage Cosmonaute Navitimer, manual, size 40mm.... Available immediately $ 5,000   since
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IWC PILOT CHRONOGRAPH IW377701 IWC PILOT CHRONOGRAPH IW377701 Ref. No. IWC PILOT CHRONOGRAPH IW377701; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2014; Location: United Kingdom, Preston; IWC PILOT CHRONOGRAPH Reference IW377701 RRP £4,700 OUR PRICE £3,760 Case Material -... Available immediately $ 6,216   since
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution 18k Gold accents, Original... Breitling Chronomat Evolution 18k Gold accents, Original... Ref. No. A13356/a 570; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 2-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* This Breitling Chronomat... Available immediately $ 7,100   since
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IWC stainless steel Big Pilot IWC stainless steel Big Pilot Ref. No. IW500901; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, Boston; IWC stainless steel Big Pilot, automatic, size 46mm. IWC ref. IW500901 with a stainless steel... Available immediately $ 11,500   since
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Breitling Navitimer 1461 Ref A19370 Ltd Edition 4 Year... Breitling Navitimer 1461 Ref A19370 Ltd Edition 4 Year... Ref. No. Ref A19370; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2011; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, IL, Wheaton; Breitling Limited Edition 1461 Navitimer 4 year calendar moon phase chronograph, Reference... Available immediately $ 6,950   since
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IWC TOP GUN Miramar Chronograph Ceramic IWC TOP GUN Miramar Chronograph Ceramic Ref. No. IW388002; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately $ 9,900   since
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Breitling Montbrillant Datora Breitling Montbrillant Datora Ref. No. A21330; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, new york; Brand : Breitling Series : Montbrillant Model : Datora Model Number : A21330 Movement... Available immediately $ 4,500   since
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IWC Big PIlot's Watch IW5004-01 IWC Big PIlot's Watch IW5004-01 Ref. No. IW5004-01; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned IWC comes complete with box and papers. The watch comes on a brand new IWC... Available immediately $ 10,250   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! 2008 WITH COMPANY WARRANTY! M SERIES! MINT... Available immediately $ 6,750   since
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Breitling Chronomat Ref K13048 18K YG Breitling Chronomat Ref K13048 18K YG Ref. No. K13048; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Year 1994; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, IL, Wheaton; Pre owned Breitling Chronomat Ref K13048, Circa 1994. The 40mm 18K yellow gold case features a... Available immediately $ 6,250   since
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph SS / Alligator IWC Pilot Double Chronograph SS / Alligator Ref. No. IW377801; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately $ 9,300   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 Chronomat Evolution A1335611/C645 Breitling Chronomat Evolution A1335611/C645 Ref. No. A1335611/C645; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned Breitling comes complete with box and papers. We back the watch with a 15-month... Available immediately $ 4,200   since
2012
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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
2012
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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".