Pilot's watches can take many forms: big, small, military or civilian in origin, a bold and spartan dial or a captivatingly busy chronograph... But what they share in common is a focused purpose and a connection to the endlessly compelling idea of flight.
As design and functionality of pilot's watches have changed over the decades, this broad genre can include anything from a simple WWII-style flieger to a hyper-modern Breitling or a G-Shock with bluetooth connection and digital displays. Which one is right for you? What's the story behind their differences and functions?
We've collected our extensive pilot's watch coverage from over the years together in one place: Below you'll find guidance on buying your first (or second, or third) pilot's watch as well as in-depth stories behind some of the most iconic models, and much more. Enjoy!
The Best Pilot’s Watches Available Right Now
Whether a classic flieger or an automatic GMT, there's a pilot's watch out there for the fighter jock in everyone.
5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Pilot’s Watch
Flieger, time-only, chronograph, digital…there are more types of pilot’s watches than there are pilots! Use this guide to help you buy the right one.
Do Today’s Pilots Really Use Pilots Watches?
Once essential kit, mechanical pilots watches today have largely been made obsolete.
What Are Flieger Watches, and Which Should I Buy?
What started as a small batch of watches made in 1941 has since become one of the most iconic designs in history.
Everything You Need to Know About Some of the Most Iconic Pilots Watches Ever Made
In this retrospective, we dive into the fabled world of pilot’s watches and the best from the fabled brand, Breitling.
The Type 20 Military Pilot’s Chronograph Watch
Some of the coolest military chronograph watches ever were made for the French air force after WWII, and some are still being produced today.
This Affordable New Military Watch Is Even Better Than the Vintage Original
Hamilton has hit a home run with the new Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical, a killer recreation of the military W10 watch produced in the 1970s.
What Makes Rolex's GMT-Master The Best Travel Watch Ever?
This two-timer from the jet age is technically and aesthetically the mother of all GMT watches.
The History of the World’s Most Famous Pilot’s Watch
There is perhaps no wristwatch still in production that’s more associated with flight and pilots than the Breitling Navitimer.
This Pilot’s Watch Was a Critical Tool at the Dawn of Commercial Aviation
The Benrus Sky Chief was used by pilots for navigation in the 1940s, when commercial aviation was young and cockpits were a lot more analog.
This Is the Seiko Watch Made for Japanese Pilots During WWII
Known as the Seikosha Kamikaze, this obscure pilot’s watch has an incredible story to tell that forms a little-known facet of Seiko history.
This Watch Was Exactly What Pilots Needed in 1953
The Glycine Airman was an innovative watch when it launched in response to a simple conversation with a commercial pilot.
The First Pilot’s Watch Ever Is Also One of the Best Dress Watches Ever
The Cartier Santos probably isn't what you think of when you think "pilot's watch."
This Pilot's Watch Is Like a Flight Instrument on Your Wrist
Bell & Ross's square-cased BR 01 may not be for everyone, but it's become a modern classic. Here's its story.