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Think Tough Watches for A Pilot? 5 Best Pilot Watches Selected By Aviators

When mentioning about “Pilot Watch”, the very first thing that came up to me are this big bad-ass, tough and robust wristwatch with complicated features. In other word, it’s an amazing looking watch.

What separates the pilot watch for most other wrist watches is probably for its FUNCTION. In the other hand, the watch became “a tool” to help a pilot do his task. The similarity is just like diver watch, it takes certain function to be useful, and the rest is just the same.

Generally there a lot a watch brand and manufactures that are designing and offer that they claim so called “Pilot Watch”, nevertheless, the fact that they are just large fashion watches. A lot of people do buy pilots wrist watches for the appearance or fashion trend or even prestige, but in the end, it’s functionality that we are looking for.

What exactly is a Pilot Watch? Technically it is as simple as : Any watch worn by a pilot, is a pilots watch.

One thing for sure, I’m not a pilot. But from the way I see it, a lot of pilot’s, navigators as well as aircrew possibly owned one of these wrist watches what I’m about to select and the list below is definitely the 5 best watches I vote as being “real aviator’s wrist watches”.

All these watches provided design and style and function that was basically useful for the needs, tasks as well as duties of flying, both military and general aviation.

AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane

AVI-8 is actually new British company and prides itself on military aviation design and style, and many types of their models are based on a classic vintage British warplane. And that comes a little historical past of the Hawker Hurricane. A Pilot wrists-watch that using a Japanese mechanical automatic movement inside of it.

There are more than 30 different collections of wrist watches from AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane series, and many of them successfully stir up “a real aviation heritage” with a vintage feel.

Like AVI-8 AV-4015-04 Hawker Hurricane for instance. This unique stylish and elegant looking watch utilize some basic design and style elements in either the case, the dial, or movement that have some link back to watches manufactured by these companies that were created for aviators.

Hawker Hurricane AV-4015-02

Hawker Hurricane AV-4015-02

Hawker Hurricane AV-4015-02

Hawker Hurricane AV-4015-02

Using brown genuine leather strap, AVI-8 AV-4015-04 Hawker Hurricane designed with sturdy stainless steel buckle, allows for tough and heavy duty wear ability. The Hawker Hurricane series is also water resistant to 50 meters.

PRICE. At the AVI-8 website the price tags on the Hawker Hurricane collection offer between $270 – $550. However, the whole AVI-8 collection is currently found on sale at Amazon. com and price range around $108 – $200
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Even so, for $185 of AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane AV-4015-04 (list price is $490) I cannot complain, it is an excellent price for wrist-watch with aviator style.

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Casio G-Shock GW-A1100 Gravity Defiers Series

Whenever you quoted ‘pilot watches’ and ‘tough’, the very first thing that came up to me would be the G-Shock Gravity Defiers or G-Shock Aviator series. G-Shock GW-A1100 Series is definitely my number one choice.

The G-Shock GW-A1100 line comes with the “Triple G Resist” tough design keeping the workings of the watch to protect against shocks, centrifugal forces and vibrations. And that the reason why G-Shock among the toughest watch in the world.

G-Shock GWA1100-1A3 Gravity Defier Aviator

G-Shock GWA1100-1A3 Gravity Defier Aviator

Price : $350 – $500.There are actually 3 different GW-A1100 series available today. GW-A1100-1A with Black analog watch and white and red accents on the dial, GW-A1100-1A3 with white and green designs on the dial and GW-A1100FC-1A with white and blue accents around the dial.
G-Shock GW-A1100 SERIES

G-Shock GW-A1100 SERIES

The latest model in G-Shock Aviators collection is G-Shock GA-1000-8A, backed up with Twin Sensor features, making a watch which is perfectly matched to the requirements of the today’s aviator. Additional features include temperatures measurement, large numbers, and also thick hands for quick reading. See here for update price.

G-Shock GA-1000-8A

New G-Shock GA-1000-8A Aviator Series

Even though Casio G-Shock line of Aviation wrist watches are not too expensive, and not all G-Shock Aviation line watches come with specific features, but they are tough, durable, and look fantastic.

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TORGOEN T7 (Scorpion Series)

It may be sound so simple, however for me this is actually the first important feature that I simply cannot do without when choosing a wrist watches, is its capability to accurately, and clearly display the time. A good example of a very readable watch could be the Torgoen T7 Series with its huge hands along with highly contrasting face, yet very readable.

Torgoen T7 Pilot Watch

Torgoen T07301Pilot Watch

All Torgoen T7 series  comes with E6B Flight Computer features, is a form of circular slide rule used in aviation.

Torgoen T7 Series

Torgoen T07303 – with E6B Flight Computer Function.

High quality Stainless Steel case and has a Ronda 6203B 12H movement. Ronda is a well-known Swiss watch company whose movements can be found in wrist watches of the finest quality.

How Much? from Targoen, the watch is $420, but you can find it for less if you look at the sellers in the Amazon sidebar – some are below $400.
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Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute

The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute is a fantastic aviator’s watch ever. Breitling watches have made a couple of 24 hour dial wrist watches, and this brand new Navitimer Cosmonaute is definitely one of them.

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute – Limited Edition Series

The Limited edition of Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute includes a 42mm steel case, made employing a carbon-based coating that should be resistant to scratches. This same black color tone includes over to the main watch dial as well as sub dials.

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Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute – Steel case. Black dial. Navitimer bracelet in steel.

PRICE. With Price tag around $7,000 make Brietling Navitimer seem like a lot for a watch, but when you look at what the watch appearance and the prices of similar watches, it suddenly becomes very, very realistic.
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IWC Pilot Top Gun Edition

Do you want a huge watch that is simple and easy to read? Well I have something suitable for you. IWC Pilot Top Gun Edition Top Gun edition is really a sharp-looking watch and hefty addition to the Big Pilot family.

There is nothing new about the watch since the movement is really a recent part of the IWC series, however it’s really a new taste of a Big Pilot for people who preferred a bigger black color ceramic version, but it is still sharp-looking watch along witch Chronograph with flyback function.

IWC Pilot Top Gun Edition

IWC Pilot Top Gun Edition

The IWC Pilot is covered against magnetism by the soft-iron inner case. The dial references traditional cockpit-style style entirely through to the altimeter-like date display screen. The central hand displays recorded times in seconds, while the hand in the sub dial at “12 o’clock” reveals the number of elapsed minutes.

IWC Pilot Top Gun Edition

IWC Pilot Top Gun Edition Back

Although the IWC Big Pilot Top Gun is really a sturdy watch for a daily wear, it is quite expensive.

PRICE TAG. If you have to ask how much it costs, I won’t tell you, most of you can’t afford it anyway… (yeah right). But you can found out how much the price tag here.

Now that you have seen some of best and tough watches for pilot, it’s up to you to pick the watch that best suits your needs whether you a pilot or not. There are a lot of excellent top-notch pilot watches out there, I know.

However, If you feel I’m might have missed a superior watch that you think should be included or I’m forgotten one or I need to know of an overlook. Please let me know in the comments below.

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    You have a great list of pilot watches.

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