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 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 1991; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold GMT-Master II, automatic, size 40mm. Rolex ref. 16713... Available immediately $ 6,500   since
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Breitling Aerospace Breitling Aerospace Ref. No. K79362; Yellow gold; Quartz; 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 $ 9,500   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 STAINLESS STEEL GMT II FAT LADY 16760 Rolex STAINLESS STEEL GMT II FAT LADY 16760 Ref. No. 16760; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Year 1987; With Box; Location: United States, IL, Wheaton; Rolex Vintage GMT II "Fat Lady" Reference 16760, R serial number Circa 1987. 40mm stainless steel... Available immediately $ 5,250   since
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Breitling Evolution Chronomat White Special Dial A13356 Breitling Evolution Chronomat White Special Dial A13356 Ref. No. A13356; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2008; Location: United States, NY, New York; * COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 2-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY * This watch is in great condition and... Available immediately $ 3,700   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 Montbrillant Legende A2334024/G631-SS Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Legende A2334024/G631-SS Ref. No. A2334024/G631-SS; Steel; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Southampton; Retail Price::  $7,120.00 The Breitling Montbrillant Legende watch stands out with its... Available immediately $ 5,129   since
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Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Black Dial SS / SS Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Black Dial SS / SS Ref. No. A2332212/B637; Steel; Automatic; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling A23322 Navitimer Chronograph, a2332212/b637, a2332212b637, Stainless Steel on Stainless... Available immediately $ 5,300   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 $ 11,200   since
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Breitling vintage stainless steel Navitimer Breitling vintage stainless steel Navitimer Ref. No. 806; Steel; Manual winding; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1963; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling vintage stainless steel Navitimer, manual, size 41mm. Breitling ref. 806, stainless... Available immediately $ 3,200   since
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Breitling Chronomat Breitling Chronomat Ref. No. A13350; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned watch does not comes with box or papers. We back the watch with a 15-month... Available immediately $ 2,750   since
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Breitling B01 Blackeye Breitling B01 Blackeye Ref. No. AB0110; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Box; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; Box only. We back the watch with a 15 month warranty. Available immediately $ 4,900   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 Aerospace Limited "Young America" ed. Titanium Breitling Aerospace Limited "Young America" ed. Titanium Ref. No. E65362; Titanium; Quartz; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2001; Location: United States, NY, New York; *Comes with SEA Wave Diamond's 2-Year Extended Limited Warranty* Model: Aerospace Young... Available immediately $ 1,550   since
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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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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 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 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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Breitling stainless steel and gold filled Cosmonaute Navitimer Breitling stainless steel and gold filled Cosmonaute Navitimer Ref. No. 809; Gold/Steel; Manual winding; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1960; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling stainless steel and gold filled Cosmonaute Navitimer, manual, size 40mm. Breitling ref.... Available immediately $ 4,200   since
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Breitling Aerospace Reno Air Races F75362 Breitling Aerospace Reno Air Races F75362 Ref. No. F75362; Titanium; Quartz; Condition 0 (unworn); New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Southampton; Retail Price::  List Not Available A rare and unusual limited edition timepiece with only... Available immediately $ 2,495   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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Breitling Chronomat GMT 47 Grey Dial SS / Rubber Breitling Chronomat GMT 47 Grey Dial SS / Rubber Ref. No. AB0410; Steel; Automatic; Location: United States, MA, Boston; Breitling AB0410 Chronomat GMT, Stainless Steel on a Black Rubber Strap with a Steel Deployant... Available immediately $ 6,500   since
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Breitling Evolution Chronomat with Diamond Dial, Bezelm MOP Breitling Evolution Chronomat with Diamond Dial, Bezelm MOP Ref. No. a13356; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York; * COMES WITH SEA WAVE DIAMOND'S 2-YEAR EXTENDED LIMITED WARRANTY * Here's a great... Available in 3-5 working days $ 6,550   since
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Breitling Chronomat evolution SS/Yellwo Gold Breitling Chronomat evolution SS/Yellwo Gold Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, NY, New York; THIS WATCH IS SOLD! CALL FOR MORE! Breitling Chronomat Evolution Two tone Mens watch. Diameter:... Available immediately $ 2,500   since
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Breitling 18K CHRONOMAT CHRONOGRAPH REF K1335211 Breitling 18K CHRONOMAT CHRONOGRAPH REF K1335211 Ref. No. K1335211; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Year 2004; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, IL, Wheaton; 18K Yellow Gold Breitling Chronograph Automatic with factory Mother of Pearl dial, Ref K1335211,... Available immediately $ 13,900   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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IWC IW371806 Spitfire Double Chronograph, Steel IWC IW371806 Spitfire Double Chronograph, Steel Ref. No. IW371806; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, AZ, Scottsdale; Condition: new and unworn. Box and papers: with box and papers. Reference:... Available immediately $ 7,250   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 Men's Pilot's Spitfire Double Chronograph Watch -... IWC Men's Pilot's Spitfire Double Chronograph Watch -... Ref. No. IW371806; Steel; Automatic; Condition 0 (unworn); New; With Box; With Papers; Location: United States, NY, New York; Product Description Size: 44 mm without crown Case: Brushed Stainless Steel Dial:... Available immediately $ 7,482   Watch details IWC Spitfire Mark XV 3253-13 IWC Spitfire Mark XV 3253-13 Ref. No. 3253-13; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With Papers; Location: United States, PA, Philadelphia; This pre-owned watch comes with papers only. This watch comes on a brand new brown IWC leather... Available immediately $ 2,750   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".