Pilot watches : Fly like an eagle

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The pilot wrist watch is an instrument which has been present in the cockpit since the very beginning of aviation. We offer a very wide range of pilot and aviator watches from well known brands such as Citizen, Hamilton, SJunkers. Pilot watches are ideal watches for travelers and businessmen. They often have a classic and luxurious dress watch look with leather straps that look just as cool with a casual outfit. Professional pilots will probably prefer the modern aviator watches which feature functionalities that are specifically suited for aviation.

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What are the characteristics of an aviator watch?

Pilot watches can roughly be divided into two groups: classic and modern.

The classic is usually a larger watch with clear legible numbers, a triangle marking the 12 o’clock position, a large (onion shaped) crown and a sturdy stitched or riveted leather strap. The watch often features a GMT function and/or a chronograph with tachymeter.

 

Modern aviator watches are technologically advanced G-force resistant watches which feature a compass, altimeter and/or world timer and are defined by their functionalities rather than their looks. Which is not to say they don’t look cool!

 

It cannot be rigidly defined, which attributes this type of watch must have. For some people it is the basic design principles of B-uhr military watches from WWII what defines a pilot watch, while others prefer a modern technologically advanced watch.

 

Functionalities

These are some features that are typical for an aviator watch:

- A GMT hand, usually set according to the Greenwich timezone, allowes the pilot to calculate the time in different timezones. There are also watches with logarithmic slide rules with which flight distances can be calculated.

- A flyback can be useful as an additional function with chronographs, which offer a simple way (by pressing just one pusher) to measure intermediate times.

- Protection against magnetization.

-The triangular marker with two dots on the side at the 12 0’clock position. This marker was used for the upward orientation of the dial during night flights and were also used as a solar compass to find the earth’s true north in conjunction with compasses and data charts.

- A feature that was first introduced in military watches were the tritum-lit hands. Tritum, a radioactive isotope is luminous in the darkness providing 20 years of illumination.

- Extended or flipout bracelets, which allow the watch to be worn over the aviator jacket.

- The slide rule bezel allows the watch user to perform many kinds of calculations, including aviation related ones, such as fuel consumption

 

With all modern technological developments and instruments built into the navigation and operating systems of the aircraft, a pilot watch is no longer necessary for performing calculations. Nevertheless, many of the functions on the watch remain very useful in the event of a system failure. And let's be honest, even though you do not really need it, a pilot’s watch looks really cool.

 

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