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 Navitimer 1/100 Breitling Navitimer 1/100 Ref. No. J24324; White gold; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Location: United States, NY, new york Available immediately $ 15,500   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 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 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 IWC Pilot Chronograph IW3717-01 IWC Pilot Chronograph IW3717-01 Ref. No. IW3717-01; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This watch comes complete with box and papers. We back the watch with a 15-month warranty! Available immediately $ 4,650   Watch details 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   6 Watch details IWC Pilot Chronograph SS / Alligator IWC Pilot Chronograph SS / Alligator Ref. No. 3717-01; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, MA, Boston Available immediately $ 4,950   9 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... Available immediately $ 8,950   Watch details Rolex 18k yellow gold and stainless steel GMT Master II Rolex 18k yellow gold and stainless steel GMT Master II Gold/Steel; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, Boston; Rolex 18k yellow gold and stainless steel GMT Master II, 40mm steel case with 18k rotating bezel,... Available immediately $ 5,500   3 Watch details
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   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 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... 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Available immediately $ 3,700   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 Rolex GMT-Master II 116710N Rolex GMT-Master II 116710N Ref. No. 116710N; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year G Serial; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This watch comes complete with box and papers. G serial. We back the watch with a 15-month... Available immediately $ 6,650   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 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   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 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   1 Watch details Breitling World Navitimer Breitling World Navitimer Ref. No. R24322; Pink gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, new york Available immediately $ 15,500   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   6 Watch details Breitling Chronomat 44. Steel case. Onyx black - AB011012/B967... Breitling Chronomat 44. Steel case. Onyx black - AB011012/B967... Ref. No. AB011012/B967/375A; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); Year 2014; New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; Specifications Size: 44mm Case: Polished Steel Dial: Onyx black Movment: Breitling 01... Available immediately $ 6,615   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".