Every wondered what a pilot watch really is? GMT-ready devices with a very specific fit about them. Pilot watches were used by pilots decades ago, all the way through modern day, as the ultimate watch to roll over their insulated jacket sleeves, and include all necessary time zone functions for international travel. They boast some of the best fashion, add to any suit or casualwear components, and give you a story on your wrist—we’ve found the best pilot watches to compliment your style, and complete your unique design.
The Best Pilot Watches in 2018
1. IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph Watch
IWC comes to mind when you think of the most quality watches on Earth—no attention to detail is spared when crafting their signature, high-quality watches. You get a comfortable 44mm case diameter, holding luminescent dials and markers, as well as a date marker displayed at the three o’clock position. When you’re up in the air, it’s all about power reserve; IWC’s Top Gun watch comes with a 68-hour power bank for maximum use, even during extended trips and layovers.
Your deployment comes with a push button clasp for ease of use, while enjoying your chronograph watch and 200 feet of water resistance. Nothing feels better on your wrist than genuine, expertly-cured calfskin leather; you’ll spoil yourself with this strap, unable to return to link-style bracelet watches. Altogether, IWC’s take on the ultimate pilot watch left us speechless.
Black ceramic bezel
68-hour power reserve
Double sub-dial chronograph
Luminescent hands and markers
- Weight15.8 ounces
2. Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot Watch
Breitling ranks among the most elegant and extraordinary watches in the world—every feature of the Transocean model drips with posh class. Your bezel is crafted of solid 18K rose gold (no plating), with similar accents along the black dial beneath the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window. Breitling applies their elegant touch to every single aspect of this watch—in total it contains 56 jewels, and comes with immense power (28,800 vibrations-per-hour) behind an impressive 70-hour power reserve.
Anywhere between 44 and 47mm is the perfect fit for the uptown gentleman—Breitling’s case falls at 46mm with a 330 foot water resistance rating. With your purchase, you get a certificate of authenticity, with a guarantee directly from Breitling. Snap your stainless steel deployment buckle closed, encasing your wrist in the black ocean racer rubber strap.
Rose gold-accented black dial
18K solid rose gold bezel
Polished/brushed stainless steel case
70-hour power reserve
Self-winding automatic world time movement
3. Bell & Ross Aviation
Are you a fan of modern looks, smart and bold colors, and materials that last beyond a lifetime? Bell & Ross have the same vision—with their Aviation watch, you get the best features on the market. Enjoy the durability of a rubber strap, complete with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window, all wrapped-up by the 42mm ceramic case. Altogether, this watch comes with the regal features you want others to see, while maintaining your comfort in ways you never knew.
Smaller features include the certificate of authenticity, as well as an authenticity guarantee directly from Bell & Ross, all wrapped-up nicely in a manufacturer box, complete with manual. Enjoy self winding automatic movement , coupled with date features, and a simplistic tang buckle for versatility. Dive up to 330 feet underwater with this IP7 waterproofing, and enjoy your watch in any circumstance, rain or shine.
330 feet of underwater resistance
Tang buckle w/ black rubber strap
Certificate of authenticity and guarantee of authenticity included
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window
Self-winding automatic movement
- BrandBell & Ross
4. Longines Heritage Aviation Watch
Style and function collide—this gentlemanly fashion of black and red contrast with the silver, brushed stainless steel bezel and case. White stitching quite literally ties this look together, giving you an eloquent and, at the same time, rugged watch that goes with any suit or casual attire. Operationally, this analog display runs on automatic self-winding power, while operating on Swiss movement.
Stylistically, you’ve got everything you’ll ever need—dive into further specs withy 100 feet of water resistance, wrapped around your wrist in brilliantly tanned leather. For the nights when you’re pushing edgy, dangerous and professional, Longines should be draped across your wrist; there’s just no second option.
Unique and sophisticated black-and-red design
Sapphire crystal dial window
Stainless steel 44mm case
Comfortable leather band
5. IWC Men’s Pilot Edition: Le Petit Prince
Sporting the colors of France, IWC’s absolutely stellar watch brings everything to the table—there’s nothing further to negotiate. From the unique, off-the-beaten-path style to the full function of a prime pilot’s watch, IWC brings it all to the table (as we’ve come to expect with their superior brand). You get upgraded aesthetics to your must-have features, such as the sapphire dial window, and the all-silver steel dials.
Quartz movement ensures pinpoint accuracy for your analog display, while upkeeping the day of the week and day of the month display feature. White stitched brown leather creates a durable and comfortable watch band, while the reddish-brown color along the interior of the band finishes the French flag coloration. From the stainless steel case to the topaz blue dial color, every bit of this watch screams function, and adorns supreme fashion.
Stainless steel case
Sapphire dial window
Date display feature
- Weight15.8 ounces
6. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot’s Watch
Hamilton boasts safe and classic designs, and their Khaki Aviation watch is the cream of the crop. From the analog display outfitted with Swiss automatic movement to the industry standard for dive protection, you’re ready to rock and roll at any event or social gathering. Hamilton’s all-steel case and bracelelt link band gives you a uniform and polished look, readying you for professional affairs by tying your suit together.
Some of Hamilton’s smaller features bring this to life—luminous hands allow you to use your watch in the dark, while the all-black dial comes complete with a date and date feature, giving you a full calendar buildt right in, kept going by automatic movement. Hamilton’s 2014 model of the Khaki Aviation watch contours to your style, without breaking your budget.
Swiss automatic movement
42mm stainless steel case
Water-resistant up to 330 feet
Black dial color w/ day and date feature
- Weight1.72 pounds
7. TAG Heuer Stainless Steel Pilot’s Watch
One of our all-time favorite brands (made apparent by the fact that as I type this, I’m wearing this exact model), is TAG. They create looks you just can’t go wrong with, while giving you undeniably amazing features. With this, you get a fitted black rubber strap, which is perfect to push this to the limits of its 1,000 feet of water resistance, which is way above the industry standard. Clasp it closed with the tang buckle, and you’re ready to fly.
From the screw-down crown and case back, to the manufacturer serial numbers, box, manual, and certificate of authenticity, you’re getting brilliant Swiss-made clockwork with the ultimate style. Jet black and snow white contrast beautifully against one another, swapping-out the digits for dashes all along the clock face. With a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window, uni-directional rotating bezel, and luminous hands, there’s only one thing that’s left to be desired: you putting this watch on your wrist.
1,000 feet water resistance
Stainless steel case w/ brushed finish
Black rubber strap
Battery-operated quartz movement
Certificate of authenticity
- BrandTAG Heuer
- Weight1.98 pounds
8. Breitling Evo Night Mission
It’s no secret that Breitling wants to be the only watch you’ll ever need. They’ve tempted every one of your senses to slap the Evo Night Mission on your wrist—from the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window, to the black titanium case finish, they really knocked this one out of the park. Operating on a battery operated superquartz movement, this uni-directional bezel watch fits comfortably on your wrist by the custom blue rubber band, complete with a tang buckle.
Dive down to 330 feet with this watch, or have it accompany your formal and casualwear—nothing is left out of the list of options. Along with all the necessary information for authenticity (certificate, manufacturer serial numbers, etc.), you also get luminescent hands along the clock face, allowing you to light up the night, or keep synchronized underwater—the choice is yours.
Certificate of authenticity
43mm black titanium case
Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Uni-directional rotating bezel
Luminescent watch hands
9. AVI-8 Men’s Hawker Hurricane
Strictly made in the UK and brimming with flair, AVI-8’s newest lineup comes at an inexpensive price point, all while keeping you r look fresh. White stitched brown leather adorns your wrist, flowing beautifully into the stainless steel case, it puts all eyes on the prize—your one-of-a-kind watch face. Designed to be like no other, AVI-8 crafted this watch with bold lettering and unique shades of white, making their brand unmistakable. While aesthetics are all well and good, it’s about what’s under the hood that counts.
Japanese quartz movement powers everything, right down to the luminescent mini watch markers. You’re good for up to 165 feet underwater, though with leather, it’s not recommended to go for a dip. This analog display runs within 1/100 of a second, while the mineral dial window reflects glare, and resists small scratches. The pilot watch for the lower budget man—this is truly remarkable.
42mm stainless steel case
Japanese quartz movement
Includes date window and stationary bezel
Good for up to 165 feet of water resistance
- Weight13.6 ounces
10. Garmin D2 Pilot Watch
Garmin always does their best to take it up a notch; the gloves were off when they put the D2 together. True to its name, their pilot’s watch comes with all the bells and whistles to assist you high in the sky. From the adjustable altimeter and barometer, to the all-inclusive database of worldwide airports, time zones, and Zulu references, Garmin went above and beyond. While it lives up to the watch genre, it’s about more than just the specs.
This runs on a lithium-ion battery, and sits at a low weight of 2.88oz, wrapped around your wrist in luxurious leather. Switching out your band is simple; four screws sit along the edges of the watch case for easy cleaning/replacement. Easy to read in direct sun and florescent lighting, the D2 promises to be the only night flight pilot’s watch you’ll ever need.
Wireless flight plan via VIRB
Inflight task reminder system with vibrations and alerts
Worldwide airport database included in internal memory
Multiple time zone display with Zulu/UTC reference
Altimeter comes with an adjustable barometer setting and compass
- ModelD2 PILOT WATCH
- Weight2.88 ounces
11. Torgoen T25 Pilot’s Watch
Torgeon’s classic look reminds us all of what aviation watches looked like way back when. Wrapped-up in a vintage Italian leather strap, this stainless steel watch comes with every bit of class you’d expect. With a scratch-resistant K1 Hardex Crystal dial window contrasting alongside the blue-and-white watch dial, you get a beautiful look that’s rivaled by no other brand. Luminescent hands and markers make this the ultimate night flight watch, going well with any suit or casualwear.
Under the hood, you get Swiss quartz movement, as well as the emblazoned emblem of Torgoen on the bottom of the watch case. Integrated into your pilot’s watch is a GMT feature, keeping in perfect synchronicity. This watch is good up to 330 feet underwater (though we don’t recommend ruining the leather with salt water), and boasts a unique and lightweight fit that will have you wondering, “Why have I never owned a Torgoen before?”
Authentic vintage Italian leather strap
Includes GMT feature
44mm stainless steel case
K1 Hardex Crystal dial window
Swiss quartz movement
12. Alpina Men’s Startimer Chronograph Watch
No one has ever gone wrong with all-black. From the stainless steel case to the fabric strap, Alpina’s all-black take on the traditional pilot’s watch is a breath of fresh air. Featuring three smaller watch faces nestled into the interior of your anti-reflective sapphire dial window, Alpina’s signature look makes itself known. Snow white markings and numbers against glossy, charcoal black creates the perfect contrast.
Apart from simply looking your best, you’ll also be able to rely on Swiss quartz movement, keeping your watch accurate within 1/100 of a second at all times. Dive up to 330 feet underwater (fabric bands don’t withstand damage like leather does), or simply let this diamond-in-the-rough contrast wonderfully against your flight jacket. Three large external knobs add to style, and optimize function, so you’re always in control.
Swiss quartz movement
42mm stainless steel case
Anti-reflective sapphire dial window
Fabric wrist band for durability and comfort
330 feet of water resistance
- Weight2.3 pounds
13. Hamilton Aviation Olive Pilots’s Watch
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of Hamilton’s attention to detail and expert craftsmanship. This watch pairs the unlikely shades of brushed stainless steel, with olive-colored calfskin for the band, and the end result is on point. From the buckle closure to the scratch resistant sapphire crystal dial window, they left nothing to chance with this one. Complete with Swiss automatic movement, this medium-sized pilot’s watch lays lightweight on your wrist, and your wallet.
You get 165 feet of water resistance, as well as a date feature built right into the black dial. Markers lay between the three, six, nine and twelve numbering, giving a polished and posh look. From the white X stitching along the band, to the embedded pop-up dial, every aspect of this watch beckons to be on your wrist.
Scratch resistant sapphire crystal dial window
Olive-colored calfskin leather band
42mm stainless steel case
- Weight1.5 pounds
14. Chotovelli Italian Aviation Watch in Black Leather
It doesn’t get any better than hand-crafted Italian. This all-black leather band meets in the middle to hold up a 45mm stainless steel case, filled with beautiful machinery. Chotovelli included budget-friendly, high-durability features, such as the Japanese chronograph movement, and mineral crystal dial window with scratch resistance. Three dial knobs jut out on the exterior, giving a sharp look, while keeping you in control of all the action.
Bold white lettering contrasts against a coal black watch face, while comfortably fitting individual hour, minute, and seconds faces around the center. Luminous hands promise to light up the night, whether you’re flying high, or simply enjoying a calm night on the ground. Additional features include a calendar bezel, as well as anti-reflective properties to your glass.
45mm stainless steel case
Mineral crystal window
Japanese chronograph movement
Water resistant up to 330 feet
Individual hour, minute, and seconds faces
- Weight7 ounces