Pilot’s watches, like dive watches, owe their birth to the need for a specific tool — in this case, providing pilots with a reliable way of timing various aspects of flight. With generational leaps in function, design and technology the pilot’s watch has evolved from its roots in the Cartier Santos and the German Fliegers of World War II to icons like Rolex’s GMT Master, IWC’s Big Pilot and Breitling’s Navitimer, with materials and functionalities ranging from digital flight computers, complex mechanical novelties and traditional three-handers. New or old, a pilot’s watch much be legible, tough, accurate and reliable, with extra points awarded if it looks good riding the sleeve of a flight jacket. This flock hits those marks across a wide spectrum of aeronautic styles and uses.
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