Pilot watches – buying guide and review on pilot watches

Pilot watches – choosing the right watch to add to your collection

Men’s watches these days may sometimes just be for show, but for the aviators over the past century, the timepieces made a real difference. Chronographs, tachymeters, and all the other complications you will find the best pilot watches are time-tested tools doe keeping a pilot in the air, but can also be useful for everyday use.

Pilot watches – the coolest gear watches

Pilot watches are one of the coolest gear watches a man can own, they have a rich history that is dictated by their design. Cartier created not only the first pilot watch but one of the first-ever wristwatches-called the Santos-in 1904 for famous Brazilian pilot Albert Santos Dumont, who was struggling to read his pocket watch mid-flight. Unlike many round pilot watches today, it had a square bezel and Roman numeral hour markers.

Pilot watches – things to consider before your final decision

If you are considering a pilot watch, there are few things you should know before your final decision. If you are looking to use all of a pilot’s watch’s capability, consider one with a chronograph, stopwatch, function controlled by 2 pushers on either side of the crown. A tachymeter – denoted by small markers on the dial staring at 12:00- can help you read distance over time. Some digital watches also displays:

  • Altitude
  • temperature
  • barometer pressure

If you are looking for one that just looks great on your wrist, be sure to choose one with a diameter that isn’t wider than your wrist itself. Pilot watches between 38 and 42mm wide are a safe bet for most guys.

No matter how you wear them, scroll down to see out a list of the best pilot watches to consider – whether you are looking for all the functionality or want one that has a pilot watch-inspired style-starting at under $200.

Pilot watches – the best pilot watches to consider

1.   Zodiac Jetomatic Limited Edition

Pilot watches Zodiac Jetomatic Limited Edition

This is one of those limited editions, with only 82 pieces released to the public. The Zodiac’s new Jetomatic references the brand’s vintage and classic pilot watch more popularly known in the 1960s. it is Swiss-made so it must be good.

  • It comes in a 40 mm diameter case.
  • It is also an automatic timepiece, it is, therefore, self-winding and has no use for batteries. 
  • Comes with an oversized crown and SuperLuminova accent indicators on the dial
  • It has a small, circular date window that sits between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock. 

2.   Longines Aviation BigEye 41mm Chronograph

pilot watches Longines Aviation BigEye 41mm Chronograph

A real winner, both literally and figuratively. Literally, because it was the winner of the 2017 “Revival” Prize at the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève. And figuratively, because it is an ideal men’s watch for any occasion; on the ground or high up in the sky. 

  • It comes with a 41mm diameter case of Chronograph harks that can be traced back to its classic pilot watch from way back in the1930s. 
  • An automatic timepiece that contains, the brand’s 688-caliber movement

3.  Zeno Giant Chronograph Date Drawn

pilot watches Zeno Giant Chronograph Date Drawn

This wristwatch for men from ZENO’s Pilot line is the green oblique dial Giant Chronograph Date. It effectively honors the brand’s long history of aviation inspiration. 

  • It comes with a 50 mm diameter case ( a bit on the large size
  • With a Valjoux 7750 movement; very clearly seen through its glass case back
  • Swiss technology  
  • Paired with a green leather strap ( a nice touch ) 

4.   Oris Big Crown Propilot Calibre 111(Top Aviation Men’s Watch)

Men's watches Oris Big Crown Propilot Calibre 111(Top Aviation Men's Watch)

A watch for the modern-day pilots. The Oris’s Big Crown Propilot Calibre 111 truly and fully represents the spirit of aviation for men’s watch

  • With a 44 mm stainless-steel diameter case 
  • Has a hand-wound Oris 111 movement, as well as a whopping 240-hour power reserve (talk about power)

5.   Bell & Ross Vintage BR V1-92 Military

Pilot watches Bell and Ross Vintage Military Automatic Black Dial

The Clarity and simplicity of its design are just what one would expect from a men’s watch that was designed and developed by  Bell & Ross. The  Vintage BR V1-92 is actually more of a military wristwatch. A  refined piece in the brand’s quality line.

  • Comes with a 38.5 mm diameter stainless steel case

Pilot watches – how much is your budget?

Now that you have seen the best pilot watches on the market. Now it is time to consider your budget, how much are you willing to spend on pilot watches? A lot of people really under-appreciated just how expensive pilot watches can be, especially for those that are collectible or from a big brand that has a legendary history in the world of aviation.