It was first designed for functionality, but today it’s a fashion statement too: a pilot watch. It helped pilots read necessary information at a glance. That’s why you’ll usually find big dials, clear digits and minimalistic designs for easy reading. One thing you may not find on all pilot watches anymore is the small triangle with two dots that were characteristic of pilot watches years ago.
Both fashion and technology changed the pilot watch market considerably over time. Today you’ll find them in a range of colors, with added features such as chronographs, the date and even altimeters.
Best Pilot Watches
We’ll showcase six of the most impressive, high-quality pilot watches from leading brands. You pick the one that will help you make a fashion statement or ensure easy usage when you’re up in the air.
Longines Avigation Bigeye
In Longines’ Heritage collection you’ll find the ultra-stylish Avigation model. You get the classic, stylish look you need thanks to the leather strap. On the watch itself the painted numbers are large and clear.
The chronograph has a 60 seconds hand, a 30-minute counter as well as a counter for 12 hours. It’s a self-winding watch that will give you an impressive 54 hours of reserve time.
The crown and pushers are quite large & prominent. That makes for easy adjustments and they also add rugged flair to this classic design.
Garmin D2 Delta PX
Garmin is a popular brand of watches for men when it comes to sports paraphernalia and it’s no different in the pilot watch category. This is the one you purchase if the functionality is at the top of your priority list.
For a pilot, the D2 Delta PX is practical since you can get airport data and use the flight logging feature. But it’s also a safety gadget since it can track heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. And let’s not forget the entertainment side: you can load your 500 favorite tracks and play them via a headset.
It’s a true all-in-one purchase when you’re shopping for watches for men, as gifts or for yourself. And yes, it looks stylish too. We love the green details and certain watch digits are large for easy time reading—the characteristic of the pilot watch of old.
It gives you 18 hours of battery time if the GPS and Pulse Ox mode is one, so make sure it’s charged when you need it.
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind
From Hamilton, you get a range of options in their Khaki aviation collection, but we love the X-Wind Day Date Auto model. With the combination of a leather strap and the bulky stoppers, you get a watch that speaks of functionality and style, as watches for men should.
The dial is a beautiful hue and the digits are large. The aviation calculator tachymeter bezel is an impressive extra you don’t find on all pilot watches. It’s also safe to wear this in all weather conditions since it has a water resistance rating of 100m.
It’s all you need and it’s the way you want to look, right?
Few watch lists will be complete without mentioning Rolex.
The Rolex Air-King gives you large numerals on a black dial. The contrast makes for clear time reading. It’s a simple design, but everything you need for a stylish look.
You can be sure of the quality of any Rolex watch, both inside and out. This one incorporates Oystersteel that’s known to be corrosion resistant. You also have the handy feature of a chronometer tested by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. You’re buying quality when you purchase a Rolex!
The unique green hand is eye-catching and makes this model unique.
Zenith Pilot Type 20
Everyone will take note of this watch on your arm. That’s thanks to the unique look of the hands as well as the stunningly crafted crown on the side. Zenith outdid itself. Although the Zenith Pilot Type 20 is a simpler watch than some others on our list, it still has the important feature of large numerals that can be seen clearly.
The leather strap adds further style and ensures comfortable wearing if this is your everyday watch. It gives you an impressive time reserve of 50 hours.
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 MA-1
From Bell & Ross you get an extremely unique looking watch, but it’s a crowd favorite for those shopping for style. The black dial with the brightly colored digits makes for easy time reading and the date feature is functional.
One additional drawcard is a comfortable and practical strap. The khaki strap can be reversed to reveal the orange underside—if you want to be seen during a search and rescue mission, this could save your life.
Added to this, you get a water-resistant watch for up to 100m. It will also keep looking impressive since the crystal over the dial is scratch-resistant and even anti-reflective.
Pilot Watches Conclusion
There’s something for you on the 2019 pilot watches menu, no matter your preferences. From rugged to minimalistic designs and all the features you could think of. A watch can be a simple watch, or the new gadget you simply MUST have. Which one will you pick?