Pilot Watches


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IWC stainless steel Mark XV Spitfire Limited Edition Watch IWC stainless steel Mark XV Spitfire Limited Edition Watch Ref. No. IWC 3253; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, MA, BostonAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $3,900 Trusted Checkouts: 9   3 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 AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $7,300 Trusted Checkouts: 7   Watch details
Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-Master II - 16713 model - Gold Thru Buckle Rolex Mens 18K/SS GMT-Master II - 16713 model - Gold Thru Buckle Ref. No. 16713; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2000's; Location: United States, CA, Los AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,795 Trusted Checkouts: 12   Watch details IWC Big Pilot Stainless Steel Black Dial IWC Big Pilot Stainless Steel Black Dial Ref. No. IW500401; Steel; Automatic; Condition 3 (fair); Year 2010; With box; With papers; Location: United States, CA, Beverly HillsAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $8,500   Watch details IWC Spitfire Chronograph IW3717-02 IWC Spitfire Chronograph IW3717-02 Ref. No. IW3717-02; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, PA, PhiladelphiaAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,295 Trusted Checkouts: 20   Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Ref. No. 116710LN; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2009?2010; Location: United States, NY, New YorkAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,350   Watch details Rolex GMT Master II Blue / Red 18K White Gold Rolex GMT Master II Blue / Red 18K White Gold Ref. No. 116719BLRO; White gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2014; With box; With papers; Location: United States, MA, BostonAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $25,500   9 Watch details IWC Big Pilot’s Top Gun Ref. IW501901 – Majority Warranty... IWC Big Pilot’s Top Gun Ref. IW501901 – Majority Warranty... Ref. No. IW501901; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2015; With box; With papers; Location: United States, FL, HollywoodAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,995 Trusted Checkouts: 10   2 Watch details Rolex Watches - GMT-Master II Yellow Gold Rolex Watches - GMT-Master II Yellow Gold Ref. No. 116718; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014; With box; With papers; Location: United States, NY, New YorkAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $21,500 Trusted Checkouts: 7   1 Watch details
Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1995; Location: United States, MA, BostonAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,400 Trusted Checkouts: 9   3 Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Blue and Red... Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Blue and Red... Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,550 Trusted Checkouts: 7   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 AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,300 Trusted Checkouts: 12   Watch details IWC Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceramic... IWC Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceramic... Ref. No. IW502902; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, FL, North Miami BeachAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $23,650 Trusted Checkouts: 6   Watch details IWC Top Gun Pilot Chronograph Limited Edition IW3880-03 IWC Top Gun Pilot Chronograph Limited Edition IW3880-03 Ref. No. IW3880-03; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, PA, PhiladelphiaAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $10,750 Trusted Checkouts: 20   Watch details Breitling Vintage Navitimer Chronograph Ref 81600 18K Yellow Breitling Vintage Navitimer Chronograph Ref 81600 18K Yellow Ref. No. 81600; Yellow gold; Automatic; Condition 2 (fine); Year 1989; Location: United States, IL, WheatonAvailable immediately $7,550   1 Watch details Breitling Vintage Navitimer SS Circa 1966 Breitling Vintage Navitimer SS Circa 1966 Steel; Manual winding; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, BostonAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,500   9 Watch details Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne Chronograph - Ref. AB01154G/BD... Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne Chronograph - Ref. AB01154G/BD... Ref. No. AB01154G/BD13; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2015; With box; With papers; Location: United States, FL, HollywoodAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,995 Trusted Checkouts: 10   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 YorkAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,900 Trusted Checkouts: 7   1 Watch details Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold GMT-Master II Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold GMT-Master II Ref. No. 116713; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, MA, BostonAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,500 Trusted Checkouts: 9   3 Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Black and Red... Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel Black Dial Black and Red... Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Location: United States, CA, Los AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $6,550 Trusted Checkouts: 7   Watch details 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 AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,000 Trusted Checkouts: 12   Watch details IWC Big Pilots Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Boutique Edition... IWC Big Pilots Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Boutique Edition... Ref. No. IW502903; Ceramic; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, FL, North Miami BeachAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $28,600 Trusted Checkouts: 6   Watch details Breitling Chronomat 41 CB014012/BA53 Breitling Chronomat 41 CB014012/BA53 Ref. No. CB014012/BA53; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, PA, PhiladelphiaAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,750 Trusted Checkouts: 20   Watch details Rolex GMT-Master II Steel and Gold Rolex GMT-Master II Steel and Gold Ref. No. 116713LN; Gold/Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2014; With box; With papers; Location: United States, NY, New YorkAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,200   Watch details Bell & Ross BR-03 90 B-Rocket Bell & Ross BR-03 90 B-Rocket Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); With box; With papers; Location: United States, MA, BostonAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $4,250   9 Watch details IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Ref.... IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Ref.... Ref. No. 3791-05; Pink gold; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 2015; With box; With papers; Location: United States, FL, HollywoodAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $29,995 Trusted Checkouts: 10   2 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 YorkAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $7,050 Trusted Checkouts: 7   1 Watch details Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Rolex stainless steel GMT-Master II Ref. No. 16710; Steel; Automatic; Condition 1 (mint); Year 1989; Location: United States, MA, BostonAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,600 Trusted Checkouts: 9   3 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 AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $9,500 Trusted Checkouts: 7   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 AngelesAvailable immediately Payment & processing through Chrono24 $5,800 Trusted Checkouts: 12   Watch details
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Pilot Watches - Time to Fly

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.

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".