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 Ceramic Bezel Stainless UnWorn 116710 Rolex GMT Master II Ceramic Bezel Stainless UnWorn 116710 Ref. No. 116710nl; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2014; New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Rolex GMT Master ii / Ceramic Bezel... Available immediately $ 7,500   1 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 $ 7,433   4 Watch details Breitling Navitimer Chronograph full set & discontinued... Breitling Navitimer Chronograph full set & discontinued... Ref. No. A23322; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 12/2006; With Box; With Papers; Location: United Kingdom, London or Paris; BREITLING Navitimer Chronograph full set Ref. : A23322 Year : 12/2006 Case : Stainless... Available immediately $ 4,777   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   3 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 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 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; Pre-Owned IWC Big Pilot's (IW5004-01) automatic watch, features a 46mm stainless steel case... Available immediately $ 9,400   1 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 IWC Spitfire Double Chronograph SS / Panda Dial IWC Spitfire Double Chronograph SS / Panda Dial Ref. No. IW371802; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; This is a stainless steel IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Spitfire, IW371802. It has an alligator... Available immediately $ 6,500   9 Watch details Breitling Navitimer 01 Limited Edition Chronograph Silver Dial SS Breitling Navitimer 01 Limited Edition Chronograph Silver Dial SS Ref. No. AB012312G756; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling AB0123 Navitimer 01 AB012312/G756, AB012312G756, Limited Edition of 2000 Pieces,... Available immediately $ 6,500   9 Watch details IWC BIG PILOT'S AUTOMATIC STAINLESS STEEL MENS WATC IWC BIG PILOT'S AUTOMATIC STAINLESS STEEL MENS WATC Ref. No. IW500901; Steel; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2014; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; Mint condition, box and papers Available immediately $ 8,500   2 Watch details 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... 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Available immediately $ 5,950   1 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 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 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   1 Watch details IWC Der FliegerChronograph 12630 Stainless Steel SUPER CLEAN IWC Der FliegerChronograph 12630 Stainless Steel SUPER CLEAN Ref. No. 223-12630; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York; *COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 1-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY* Feel free to contact us for more... Available immediately $ 3,700   1 Watch details Breitling A19030 Montbrilliant 1461 Jours Special Edition, Steel Breitling A19030 Montbrilliant 1461 Jours Special Edition, Steel Ref. No. A19030; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Called the "1461 Jours" because it only needs to be corrected every 4 years, for the leap year.... Available immediately $ 4,250   6 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   3 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 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 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 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 Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Ref. No. 116710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2006; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II, automatic, size 40mm. Rolex model 116710 with a stainless... Available immediately $ 7,200   3 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
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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".