Aviator Watch – Beginner’s Guide to Buying Aviator Watches

What is the Aviator Watch?

Aviator Watch is ideal for pilots and thrill-seekers.

Who can forget Maverick? Tom Cruise’s iconic character from the movie Top Gun. That was the beginning of everyone falling in love with Rayban’s aviator shades as well as IWC’s  Orfina Porsche Design 7176s. It is used to be one of the brands under-appreciate greats on men’s watches up until it made its debut on the big screen in the 1986 film. This model from IWC has been around since 1975 by Porsche Design. But only gain notice and popularity after it was worn by Maverick. The drop-dead gorgeous pilot played by Tom Cruise. So, Maverick might be wearing an aviator watch.

Aviator watches for men like that release by IWC are always cloth with romance. Women just can’t seem to stop imagining their wearer’s as dashing pilots; no wonder men loved wearing them. 

History of Aviator Watch

The birth of this type of watch can be presumed to be sometime in the early 1900s. It was said that In 1906, the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont shared to his friend, master watchmaker Louis Cartier, about his complaint that he had difficulty operating the controls of his plane, while at the same time checking his pocket watch.  After learning of his friend’s concern, Cartier promptly came up with a watch. It has a leather strap that he called the Santos-Dumont (name after his friend Albert Santos Dumont)   wristwatch for men, which first made its debut to the public in 1911.

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Aviator Watch vs Field Watches

The comparison between these two types of watches for men really begins with how they first came to be in existence; which is really because of the purpose they serve to certain groups of people, particularly the men in service. Another similarity is that their rise into the consciousness of the public started when major military powers commission watches companies to develop wrist watches that are suitable for soldiers as well as aviators or pilots. 

Aviator Watch 

  • Has a rugged look to it (the result of the government imposed specific design)
  • With a very large dial, which is around 55 mm in diameter (not a very subtle watch to wear)
  • The straps looked like smaller versions of belts, more than straps
  • The diameter case size and straps were ideal so that the dial can still be seen even if it was worn under the flight jackets of pilots

One more distinct characteristic of this timepiece is its dial, which like dive watches, designed for maximum legibility. It comes in very simple but large numerals, that are clearly illuminate for easy reading of the time. 

Field Watches

  • Same rugged looks
  • Smaller case diameter
  • Regular sized strap or bands

Aviator Watch

It would be good to note that these days aviator watch already includes other functions to it. this type now comes with other complications to its features, like a chronograph, GPS systems, a slide rule bezel for calculating fuel consumption, as well as a satellite radio distress beacon, pretty cool right? One particularly useful, as well as interesting function it has, is an altimeter. It is a special feature of the timepiece that can actually warn the pilot if there was a sudden drop in cockpit air pressure that does not register on the instruments.

Pilots would be excited to see these aviator watches here.