Big, Legible and Cool
7 Watches That Get Aviator Style Right
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Just like a great pair of aviators or a worn leather jacket, the aviation watch feels charismatic, cocksure, cool. But it’s not just about aeronautical badassery. The best aviation watches are built to exacting standards and are particularly legible. And yet, a dash of iconic style never hurts, does it?
Citizen Satellite Wave World Time GPS F150
Movement: Eco-Drive F150
Citizen’s lauded eco-drive solar quartz movement now features satellite GPS timekeeping and a world time function for 27 cities (40 time zones).
Bell & Ross BR 03-92
Movement: ETA 2892
A classic Bell & Ross case design inspired by aircraft instruments and crafted from matte black ceramic; it also features photo-luminescent hands and a reliable movement from ETA.
The simple, clean design on the Bremont Solo is inspired by classic pilot’s watches from the 1940s and is combined with a tough, scratch resistant DLC-treated case barrel.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 111
Movement: Oris Calibre 111
Featuring Oris’s second in-house movement, the ProPilot is a hand-wound watch with an astonishing 10 day power reserve, a date window and a non-linear power reserve indicator.
OMEGA Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse
Movement: Omega Caliber 5619 (quartz)
A limited-edition multifunction quartz chronograph from Omega built in partnership with the Solar Impulse project, which is attempting to fly around the world powered only by solar energy.
Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef Type 20 GMT
Movement: Zenith Caliber 693
A large and legible timepiece that harkens back to the early days of aviation, the Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aeronef comes in at a whopping 48mm and features an oversized crown that can be used with a glove.
Rolex GMT-Master II
Movement: Rolex Calibre 3186
The original Rolex GMT-Master was designed in the 1950s with aviators in mind for their long-haul flights, and eventually became the official wristwatch of several airlines, including Pan American Airways.
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