The Key Features of a Pilot’s Watch

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The Key Features of a Pilot’s Watch

Post by JAS1125 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:08 am

If there is an official standard defining the features for a watch suitable for diving (ISO 6425), no such definition or standard exists (at least one that would be used throughout the industry) for another popular watch category: the pilot’s watch. Each and every brand has its own vision of what a pilot’s watch should be, depending on the needs of the wearer. However, there are some key elements that single these watches out from the crowd.

Pilot’s watches are extremely popular, appreciated for their utilitarian aesthetics and sharp legibility. Positioned more as statement pieces today than the vital tool watches originally used in the air, pilot’s watches, like dive watches, were born from necessity. The first pilot’s watch is often considered to be the wristwatch created by Louis Cartier for dandy aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont to time his flights. Its technical specifications were basic, far from those of military watches of the mid-20th century, which have shaped the design and features of many of modern pilot’s watches.


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Re: The Key Features of a Pilot’s Watch

Post by Mark » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:38 am

I am a pilot but I don't like many of these "pilot" wartches. Simplicity is the key here people. As for flight planning, no actual pilot is going to calculate any part of his flight plan on a watch. Make it easy to read at a glance in flight. The rest is just the equivalent of desk diver BS.
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Re: The Key Features of a Pilot’s Watch

Post by conjurer » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:20 am

Mark wrote:I am a pilot but I don't like many of these "pilot" wartches. Simplicity is the key here people. As for flight planning, no actual pilot is going to calculate any part of his flight plan on a watch. Make it easy to read at a glance in flight. The rest is just the equivalent of desk diver BS.


Yup. Another key feature of a pilot's watch should be, like, being owned by a pilot.
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Re: The Key Features of a Pilot’s Watch

Post by Artman » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:42 pm

Mark wrote:I am a pilot but I don't like many of these "pilot" wartches. Simplicity is the key here people. As for flight planning, no actual pilot is going to calculate any part of his flight plan on a watch. Make it easy to read at a glance in flight. The rest is just the equivalent of desk diver BS.

That being said as well as conjurer's wise comment, I still like the Nighthawk because it just looks cool.
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Re: The Key Features of a Pilot’s Watch

Post by Mark » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:01 pm

Artman wrote:
Mark wrote:I am a pilot but I don't like many of these "pilot" wartches. Simplicity is the key here people. As for flight planning, no actual pilot is going to calculate any part of his flight plan on a watch. Make it easy to read at a glance in flight. The rest is just the equivalent of desk diver BS.

That being said as well as conjurer's wise comment, I still like the Nighthawk because it just looks cool.


Perfectly reasonable. I don't use a dive watch for diving, but I still wear them.
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Re: The Key Features of a Pilot’s Watch

Post by temerityb » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:02 pm

Mark wrote:
Artman wrote:
Mark wrote:I am a pilot but I don't like many of these "pilot" wartches. Simplicity is the key here people. As for flight planning, no actual pilot is going to calculate any part of his flight plan on a watch. Make it easy to read at a glance in flight. The rest is just the equivalent of desk diver BS.

That being said as well as conjurer's wise comment, I still like the Nighthawk because it just looks cool.


Perfectly reasonable. I don't use a dive watch for diving, but I still wear them.


I'm guilty of that, too.
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