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25 Best Pilot Watches

Let’s talk pilot watches. A beautiful pilot’s watch isn’t just a timepiece. It’s an homage to a bygone era of flight, a reminder of man’s technological prowess, and a token to be treasured by generation after generation of aviation enthusiasts. The perfect gift for oneself or one’s children, a sophisticated flight watch with an intricate movement is much more than just an accessory. These highly-technical watches are just as practical for use by aviators today as they were in decades gone by, and even for those who prefer the ground, they make a reliable and steadfast companion.

Whether you’re looking to take to the skies yourself or seeking an inspirational gift for a partner, son, or daughter, you’ll find a pilot’s watch here to make your spirits soar.

OUR PILOT WATCH RECOMMENDATIONS

BEST PILOT WATCH UNDER $200

A classic aviator’s watch from a well-known brand, the Vincero Altitude isn’t any worse off for its low asking price. This is a highly sophisticated timepiece, and its quartz movement includes both a night and day cycle and a 24-hour chronograph for dual-time usage. With a 2-year power reserve per battery, this is a great practical choice for those who want all the features of a good pilot’s watch with none of the fuss of the more expensive mechanical models.

BEST WOODEN CHESS SET FOR DISPLAY

There are more expensive sets, suitable for display, than the PawnKingdom Personalized Wooden Chess Board – but the combination of incredible detail, internal storage, and choice of woods make this our top recommendation for this category.

BEST PILOT WATCH UNDER $500

It’s shocking that the Casio Edifice doesn’t cost more than it does because it’s well worth its budget price of just $100 – $150. This is a highly technical watch, with a built-in slide rule along with a stopwatch function, date ticker, and three chronographs for hours, minutes, and seconds, respectively. The slide rule makes it perfect for genuine pilots, as it can be used to calculate flight timings, speeds, and even fuel consumption. And even for those on the ground, the extra features are great additions to have.

BEST PILOT WATCH UNDER $1000

Not only one of the best Hamilton pilot watches, but one of the best pilot watches full stop, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Watch is a classic timepiece with a vintage look, made by one of the world’s finest watchmakers. Hamilton knows that a simple display done well is better than an overstuffed watch face. As such, their Khaki Aviation watch sticks with the classics; large Arabic numerals, Super-LumiNova hands, and a two-tier, highly legible dial. This is a great spin on Hamilton’s classic collection and well worth the mid-tier asking price. 

BEST PILOT WATCH FOR LADIES

There are plenty of brilliant aviator’s watches available in women’s styles, and one of the best of these is the IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mk. XVIII, a beautiful stainless steel piece with a slim calfskin strap. This watch is designed with legibility in mind, employing a stark black and chrome colorway along with luminous hands and a large date ticker for a genuine pilot’s watch that’s as practical as it is pleasing to the eye.

BEST LUXURY PICK

My personal top choice, and the best luxury pick on this list, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special, is a vintage pilot’s watch in a classic style based on Zenith’s ultimate aviator’s chronograph. This re-issue of the Type 20 is gorgeous to look at, with a fully bronze casing including a large scored crown, along with stylized bronze-rimmed hands and a lovely blue leather strap. The blue dial and bronze construction just go so well together, and the intricately drawn Arabic numerals are the icing on the cake. 

1. IWC Schaffhausen - Pilot's Watch Chronograph Spitfire

A classic pilot’s watch with an Air Force-inspired aesthetic, the Schaffhausen Spitfire represents a fine blend of Swiss engineering and British sensibilities. The colours of the watch are based on the famous Spitfire aircraft, famously used as a fighter plane by the Brits during WWII, with a khaki green textile strap and black dial that mimic the interior of the craft’s cockpit. A watch with a rugged charm, the IWC Spitfire also includes three chronographs and a day/date ticker, making it a well-rounded timepiece.

Key Features

  • 60-minute markers
  • Day / Date ticker
  • Hour, Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 46-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 41 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 6 ATM

2. Garmin D2 Delta PX, GPS Pilot Watch

This digital offering from Garmin offers electronic cable charging, saving you the hassle of replacing the internal batteries every few years. But that’s not the only thing unique about this watch; it also packs in an altitude meter, a smart weather display, an onboard global airport database, and even a blood oxygen sensor. These are all viewable on the digital LCD screen, and when you’re done checking out the extra functions, the default watch face itself is actually rather classy.

Key Features

  • 24-hour markers
  • Altitude meter
  • Smart weather display
  • Onboard global airport database
  • Blood oxygen sensor

Specifications

  • 20-day power reserve
  • Quartz Movement

3. Bremont ALT1-C Cream

In a stately cream and brown leather colorway, the Bremont ALT1-C cream is a classic automatic pilot’s watch with a 42-hour power reserve and both minute and second chronographs. This watch sticks to traditional sensibilities, and it’s all the better for it, with a stylish American watch face paired with luminescent hands and a center-tick second hand. Plus, if you flip the watch over, you can take a look at the intricate 25-jewel movement through an integrated flat crystal viewing window.

Key Features

  • Cream and brown colorway
  • Date ticker
  • Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 42-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 43mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

4. Bell & Ross Aviation

Designed with reliability in mind, the Bell & Ross Aviation watch is a minimalist matt black piece in a chic ceramic case. A sturdy little watch, the Aviation has a water resistance of 100 meters, plus a few nice bonus features like a date ticker at 4 o’clock and a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. And, if you take a closer look, you’ll find the classic Bell & Ross logo engraved on the crown, a perfect final touch to this modern chronometer.

Key Features

  • Ceramic case
  • Date ticker
  • Square profile

Specifications

  • Replaceable battery
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

5. ORIS Big Crown ProPilot

The ORIS Big Crown ProPilot is a sturdy men’s pilot watch available with various strap materials and colours. This large watch includes oversized Arabic numerals for supreme readability, plus a 60-minute chronograph and handy 24-hour markers around the outer rim of the watch face. This watch has a 28-jewel automatic movement and a decent 38-hour power reserve. But what makes this watch stand out is the slanted coin edge around the bezel, but also the intricately detailed dial along with a cleverly disappearing black seconds hand that is only accented by a contrasting orange tip.

Key Features

  • 24-hour markers
  • Oversized numerals
  • 60-minute chronograph

Specifications

  • 38-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 45 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water Resistance: 10 ATM

6. Zenith Pilot Type 20

Another classic timepiece from one of the best pilot watch brands out there, the Zenith Pilot Type 20, is a gorgeous bronze aviation watch with an oversized crown in vintage WWII style. The bronze-bordered art deco hour and minute hands are truly striking, and the oversized Arabic LumiNova numerals add a stylized touch to this timeless design. Each numeral is coated in Super Luminova materials, making it a uniquely bright watch at night. But beware, this pilot’s watch is not for the faint of wallet.

Key Features

  • Leather strap
  • Oversized Arabic numerals
  • Large crown
  • Bronze case

Specifications

  • 50-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 45 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

7. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Watch

Hamilton is renowned world-over for making some of the best pilot watches on the market today, and the Khaki collection Aviation watch is no exception to this rule. With a day/date ticker, Super-LumiNova hands, and a two-tier dial, this is a readable watch with a classic aesthetic, blending stitched leather with stainless steel in a perfect combination of high-quality materials.

Key Features

  • Day / Date ticker
  • Super-LumiNova hands
  • Two-tier dial

Specifications

  • 80-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 46 mm
  • Water-resistance: 20 ATM

8. IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mk. XVIII

The Schaffhausen Pilot’s watch Mk. XVIII is one of the best IWC pilot watches in their current roster, with a refined slimline calfskin strap and an anti-reflective sapphire glass surface. This watch is designed with readability in mind, with a stark black and white colorway on the watch face itself, along with a couple of clever variations to the design. The 12 numeral has been replaced with a centered triangle, and the three numeral is swapped out for a date ticker, giving you two easy reference points for quickly telling the time at just a glance.

Key Features

  • Date ticker
  • Sapphire glass
  • Calfskin strap
  • Soft-iron magnetic protection

Specifications

  • 42-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 40 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 6 ATM

9. Farer Morgan Pilot Watch

Equipped with anti-magnetic capabilities thanks to a soft-iron Faraday cage found inside its construction, the Farer Morgan pilot watch is well-equipped to survive in a world of laptops and smartphones. The Morgan is not just a triumph over digital technology in function but also in form, with a gorgeous two-tier dial and a Horween leather strap that’ll have you leaving your phone at home in favour of this lovely timepiece.

Key Features

  • Two-tier dial
  • Super-LumiNova markings
  • Horween leather strap
  • Anti-magnetic

Specifications

  • 38-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 39.5 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM

10. Vincero The Altitude

The Altitude is a classic pilot’s watch from Vincero, with a duo of 24 hour and night and day chronographs, making it perfect for use as a dual-time watch. Ideal for those hopping between time zones, this pilot’s watch also comes with a rotatable 60-minute bezel, allowing for fine-timing and on-the-minute punctuality, wherever you need to be. The Altitude also features a 10 ATM water resistance, meaning if you have to ditch your plane over water, it will continue to function, which is probably more than we can say about the plane. The 100D Cordura Nylon strap has plenty of long life and should be able to hold up to all of your outdoor adventures.

Key Features

  • 60-minute bezel
  • Date ticker
  • Dual-time
  • 24-hour, Night, and Day chronographs

Specifications

  • 2-year power reserve
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case diameter: 43 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

11. Junghans Meister Pilot Watch

Another pilot’s watch with a rotatable bezel, the Junghans Meister, has a super-solid design, including a riveted wrist strap and a sturdy stainless steel casement, along with two extra-large hands and large Arabic numerals. Two chronographs are included on the watch face, for minutes and seconds respectively, and the classic Junghans logo can be found engraved on the rear of the case.

Key Features

  • 60-minute rotating bezel
  • Stainless steel case
  • Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 42-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 43 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

12. Airain Type 20

Airain’s Type 20 is a re-edition of a classic, bringing traditional, time-tested features together with modern design sensibilities for a stunning 134-piece watch. This edition comes with a chocolate brown dial and banded strap, paired with a stainless steel case for a look that’s both ageless and cutting-edge. The watch face includes 30 minute and 60-second chronographs, along with a 12-hour bezel for dual-time usage.

Key Features

  • 12-hour bezel
  • Cognac brown leather strap
  • 30 minute, 60 seconds chronographs

Specifications

  • 60-hour power reserve
  • Mechanical Movement
  • Case size: 39.5 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel

13. Hamilton Khaki X Wind Chronograph

One of the best Hamilton pilot watches in terms of functionality; the Khaki X Wind chronograph is a rare delight for those who actually fly small aircraft themselves. This handy watch includes a drift angle calculator to allow for precision banking, along with hour, minute, and second chronographs, and a detailed outer bezel made for fine time-keeping. A great choice for amateur pilots, this is also a lovely casual watch for those with a passion for aviation.

Key Features

  • Drift angle calculator
  • Day / Date ticker
  • Hour, Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 60-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 44 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

14. Bremont Alt1-P2 Black

A variation of Bremont’s classic Alt1-P design, the Alt1-P2 is an upmarket option with a reasonable mid-range price, sitting at just under $4000. With hour, minute, and second chronographs, this is a practical choice and pleasing to the eye. Three coated nickel hands serve to bring out the watch’s fine detailing perfectly, while a black leather strap and stainless steel case give this watch an understated, sophisticated overall profile.

 

Key Features

  • Coated nickel hands
  • Date ticker
  • Hour, Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 42-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 43 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

15. Breitling Aviator 8 B01

Breitling’s Aviator 8 B01 Curtiss Warhawk is one of the best military pilot watches that the US has produced in recent years. Modelled after the Curtiss Warhawk fighter plane used by US pilots in WWII, this watch bears the classic shark nose logo borne on the aircraft themselves. A khaki green face and strap complete the aesthetic, and hour, minute, and second chronographs lend it the look of a traditional military pilot’s watch.

Key Features

  • 12-hour bezel
  • Date ticker
  • Hour, Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 70-hour power reserve
  • Mechanical Movement
  • Case size: 43 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

16. Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special

Another stylish pick from Zenith, this Extra Special edition of their Type 20 watch is equipped with the highly sought-after El Primero automatic caliber, which provides a sterling 50-hour power reserve. You’ll find the oversized Arabic numerals and bronze casing of the Type 20 on a special blue dial this time around, with the numerals in a brighter white tone to match the new aesthetic.

Key Features

  • Bronze case
  • Oversized Arabic numerals
  • Large crown
  • Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 50-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 45 mm
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM
  • Case Material: Bronze

17. Casio Edifice

Truly one of the best pilot watches under $200; this budget option is a phenomenal pick for amateur pilots and casual wearers alike. With a fully stainless steel construction and a well-made quartz movement, this is a great watch with various technical features, including a slide rule on the watch’s outer rim. The slide rule can be used to calculate timings, speed, fuel consumption, and more, making it perfect for use while flying. And even if you’re on the ground, it’s a great tool to have for everyday mathematics and easy multiplication.

Key Features

  • Slide rule function
  • Stopwatch function
  • Date ticker
  • Hour, Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • CR2 Battery
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case size: 45.5 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

18. Seiko SSH047 Astron

Another stainless steel option from Seiko, the SSH047 Astron, is a slick silver piece with a day/date ticker, dual-time function, and GPS signal reception. This watch can be used to calculate your positioning wherever you might be in the world, and what’s even better is that you’ll never have to change the battery. The Astron uses a GPS Solar movement, powered entirely by the sun, and comes with a handy power reserve display to allow you to keep tabs on your current charge.

Key Features

  • Dual-time function
  • Day / Date ticker
  • GPS signal reception
  • Power reserve display

Specifications

  • 2-year power reserve
  • GPS Solar Movement
  • Case size: 42.7 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

19. Omega Spacemaster Z-33

Omega’s Spacemaster Z-33 is a truly space-age watch that wouldn’t be out of place aboard the next Apollo mission. With a permanent calendar and a handy alarm function, this watch is a great hybrid of digital and analog elements. Its LCD also allows for dual-time usage, meaning you can keep track of the time on both Mars and Earth at once, and should you encounter atmospheric trouble, the heavy-duty titanium casing will keep the intricate quartz movement in one piece.

Key Features

  • Dual-time digital display
  • Chronograph function
  • Alarm and calendar

Specifications

  • 24-month power reserve
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case size: 43 mm
  • Case Material: Titanium
  • Water resistance: 3 ATM

20. Luminox SR-71 Blackbird

Luminox is well known for its high-quality watches. Their SR-71 Blackbird is an excellent aviator’s option with hour, minute, and second chronographs included, along with a straightforward day/date ticker and 60-minute markings on the outer rim. A green enamel dial makes this a striking yet readable option, and a 42-hour power reserve means it’s set to last a good couple of days after one wear.

Key Features

  • Stainless steel case
  • Green enamel dial
  • Day / Date ticker
  • Hour, Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 42-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 44 mm
  • Case Material: PVD-Coated stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

21. Breitling Exospace B55

Designed to be paired with smartphones for a comprehensive smartwatch solution, the Breitling Exospace B55 is one of the best pilot watches for women and men alike who spend their time flying or sailing. This watch includes an electronic tachymeter, a countdown system, a flight and regatta time recorder, and two LCD screens. The data from all of these components can be synced with a smartphone to allow you to keep track of your PBs, and an alarm and calendar function makes it a useful timepiece even without the bonuses.

Key Features

  • 60-minute bezel
  • Calendar
  • Backlit LCD
  • Alarm function

Specifications

  • 10-year power reserve
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case size: 46 mm
  • Case Material: Titanium
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

22. Victorinox Airboss Mechanical Chronograph

This mechanical chronograph from Victorinox is one of many pilot watches for men that include a visible movement on the underside of the watch casing, along with hour and minute chronographs and a date ticker for keeping track of your schedule without the need for a calendar. This is a traditional pick made to last in a classic stainless steel frame, with scratch-resistant sapphire glass and a replaceable fabric strap.

Key Features

  • Visible movement
  • Date ticker
  • Hour, Minute chronographs

Specifications

  • 38-hour power reserve
  • Mechanical Movement
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

23. Alpina Startimer Pilot Watch

Alpina Geneve’s Startimer is one of the best pilot watches you’ll find for under $1000. This lovely chronometer consists of a blue dial inside a stainless steel case, with white Arabic numerals and a big date ticker at the 6 o’clock mark. A rough leather strap completes the piece, and hour, minute, and second chronographs lend it some strong functional capabilities.

Key Features

  • Stainless steel case
  • Big date ticker
  • Hour, Minute, Second chronographs

Specifications

  • 48-month power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 44 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

24. Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Watch

A Sports watch with aviator features, the Seiko 5 is a classic Japanese watch with automatic movement and a 41-hour power reserve. Luminous hands allow you to make out the time even in dim conditions, and a day/date ticker is included to keep your calendar at the forefront of your mind. The best part of this watch is that the dual-height dial gives the watch an interesting depth effect not often seen on other pilot watches.

Key Features

  • Arabic numerals
  • Day / Date ticker
  • Luminous hands

Specifications

  • 41-hour power reserve
  • Automatic Movement
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM

25. Mil-Tec Luftwaffe Aviator

This WWII-inspired pilot’s watch is based on the classic German Flieger chronographs that have gone on to inspire watchmakers the world over since their use during the war. With a Japanese movement and a European calfskin strap, this watch is German-inspired but worldwide in scope. A two-tier dial adds a nice quirky touch, and a 12 o’clock arrow in place of a numeral gives it a unique statement finish.

Key Features

  • Two-tier dial
  • Japanese movement
  • Calfskin leather strap

Specifications

  • Replaceable battery
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Water resistance: 3 ATM

COMPARE THE BEST PILOT WATCHES FOR MEN AND WOMEN

Below is a handy table that you can use to sort all the pilot watches featured on this list and order them by case size, case material, water resistance, power reserve, movement type, and price.

PILOT WATCHCASE SIZECASE MATERIALWATER RESISTANCEPOWER RESERVEMOVEMENT TYPEPRICE
IWC Schaffhausen Spitfire41 mmStainless steel6 ATM46 hoursAutomatic$5,950
Garmin D2 Pelta PXUnknownTitaniumUnknown480 hoursDigital$1,249
Bremont ALT1-C Cream43 mmStainless steel10 ATM42 hoursAutomatic$5,995
Bell & Ross Aviation42 mmCeramic10 ATM42 hoursQuartz$3,200
ORIS Big Crown ProPilot45 mmStainless steel10 ATM38 hoursAutomatic$1,595
Zenith Pilot Type 2045 mmBronze10 ATM50 hoursAutomatic$7,300
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Watch46 mmStainless steel20 ATM80 hoursAutomatic$893.70
IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mk. XVIII40 mmStainless steel6 ATM42 hoursAutomatic$4,250
Farer Morgan Pilot Watch39.5 mmStainless steel5 ATM38 hoursAutomatic$895
Vincero The Altitude43 mmStainless steel10 ATM2 yearsQuartz$260
Junghans Meister Pilot Watch43 mmStainless steel10 ATM42 hoursAutomatic$2,495
Airain Type 2039.5 mmStainless steelUnknown60 hoursMechanical$3,169
Hamilton Khaki X Wind Chronograph44 mmStainless steel10 ATM60 hoursAutomatic$1,075
Bremont Alt1-P2 Black43 mmStainless steel10 ATM42 hoursAutomatic$5,500
Breitling Aviator 8 B0143 mmStainless steel10 ATM70 hoursMechanical$7,750
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special45 mmBronze10 ATM50 hoursAutomatic$7,900
Casio Edifice45.5 mmStainless steel10 ATMUnknownQuartz$102.36
Seiko SSH047 Astron42.7 mmStainless steel10 ATM2 yearsGPS Solar$2,000
Omega Spacemaster Z-3343 mmTitanium3 ATM2 yearsQuartz$5,900
Luminox SR-71 Blackbird44 mmStainless steel10 ATM42 hoursAutomatic$3,250
Breitling Exospace B5546 mmTitanium10 ATM10 yearsQuartz$8,685
Victorinox Airboss Mechanical Chronograph42 mmStainless steel10 ATM38 hoursMechanical$1,995
Alpina Startimer Pilot Watch44 mmStainless steel10 ATM4 yearsAutomatic$800
Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Watch42 mmStainless steel10 ATM41 hoursAutomatic$164.98
Mil-Tec Luftwaffe Aviator42 mmStainless steel3 ATMUnknownQuartz$84.95