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A Look at the Best Aviation & Pilot Watches

Updated on February 20, 2014

A Review of Popular Pilot and Flight Watches

Aviators will love this selection of the best in Aviator/Pilot Watches for price, value and function.

As a Pilot's daughter, I know the title brings with it a lot of responsibility; accuracy can't take a back seat in any Cessna ~ever. You need accuracy and for that you need equipment without it being weighty fare. While it's easy to rely on your instruments, having a backup mechanism "just in case" can be your savior in critical situations. Equip yourself with the ultimate in Pilot's Watches with chronograph and extreme condition functionality to help insure you get there.

I hope you find your own Pilot's Watch based upon your personal need for accuracy, quality and style right here at below list prices.

Scroll down for a peek at the best Aviator Pilot Wrist Watches from trusted makers such as: Zeppelin, Seiko, Torgoen, Bell and Ross, Zeno, and other fine Pilot watch makers.

Image Credit: Amazon.com. The Zepplin Graf Aviator Flight Watch I've shown here is available below.

Pilot Chronograph Watches - by Citizen

Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk Dual Time Watch with Date, BJ7000-52E
Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk Dual Time Watch with Date, BJ7000-52E

Citizen Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Eco~Drive Aviator WatchAmazonCitizen Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Eco~Drive Aviator WatchAmazonCitizen Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Eco~Drive Aviator WatchAmazon

 

Junkers Pilot Watches for Men - ~ Pronounced Yoon-kers

Junkers Spitzbergen F13 Chronograph with Luminous Dial 6186-5
Junkers Spitzbergen F13 Chronograph with Luminous Dial 6186-5

Junkers Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Aviator WatchAmazonJunkers Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Aviator WatchAmazon

 

. . . will recommend [this] watch~nice quality and excellent brand. . . and reasonable price!

Chronograph Pilots Watches - by Graf Zeppelin

Graf Zeppelin Dual Time Big Date 100 Years of Zeppelin Watch 7640-1
Graf Zeppelin Dual Time Big Date 100 Years of Zeppelin Watch 7640-1

This amazing timepieces of the sky are the namesake of Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the German pioneer of the airship. Graf is the title of nobility and together, title and name betray the true essence of Zeppelin Graf aviator watches; they're the quintessential timepieces for those seeking a trusted name, reliability and status bundled in one tidy package. Often talked about favorably in watch forums, you can start your own opinion with the review video below. Watch it for an up~close look at Zepplin's quality and smart looks.

 

Zeppelin Aviator Pilot Watches - Review

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"I remember the rumble of the engine. The Mooney bobbed and I was told to look for anything within the clouds. I was nervous but my father was confident. Suddenly, my nerves settled. I don't know what it was about his watch but its flash of silver seemed to mirror my father's strength. That image is still with me today." ~The author, 1978

Seiko Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Aerospace Aviator Watch

Seiko Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Sportura Aviator Watch

Seiko Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Flight Aviator Watch

Seiko Chronograph Pilot Watch~ Flight Aviator Watch

Seiko Men's SNAB69 Flight Master Stainless Steel Black Chronograph Dial Watch
Seiko Men's SNAB69 Flight Master Stainless Steel Black Chronograph Dial Watch

For a familiar name you can trust without the costly price tag, Seiko is the epitome of the "more for less" principle that's become a rather rare amenity. From my personal experience, Seiko surely ranks at the top for dependable Japanese quartz movement and features you'll appreciate. These Seiko pilot watches are hard to ignore with their striking detail. The reviews are worth noting as you make your decision for best fit. Do you know the word "Seiko" means success in Japanese?

 

The T16 is everything I expected of the watch. . received many glares [from admirers].

Torgoen Chronograph Pilot Watch~ T07302 Aviator Watch

Torgoen Chronograph Pilot Watch~ T16302 Aviator Watch

Torgoen Chronograph Pilot Watch~ T16302 Aviator Watch

Torgoen Swiss Men's T18301 T18 Series Classic Black Aviation Watch
Torgoen Swiss Men's T18301 T18 Series Classic Black Aviation Watch

Considering all the features coupled with Swiss movement, expect to impress with these top-rated Torgean aviator watches. Numerous favorable rating from those that have experienced these sharp looking Torgoens qulify these pilot watches for my best-of list. Each with its own coveted functions, you'll appreciate having these Swiss timepieces at your beck and call. It seems you can have it all.

 

The B-42 is the most accurate mechanical watch I've ever seen (literally +/- 0s after three days.

Fortis Pilot Chronograph Watch ~ Stratoliner Aviator Watch

Fortis Pilot Chronograph Watch ~ Cosmonauts Aviator Watch

Fortis Pilot Chronograph Watch ~ Cosmonauts Aviator Watch

Fortis Men's 638.10.11M B-42 "Official Cosmonauts" Stainless Steel Automatic Watch
Fortis Men's 638.10.11M B-42 "Official Cosmonauts" Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

I was excited to find that award-winning Fortis, has been named and renamed the exclusive supplier of manned space missions by the Federal Space Agency. I imagine the distinction is testament to the integrity of their aviator watches. While Fortis has it's roots firmly dedicated to aeronautics, here on the private pilots' turf, you'll see all the rave reviews Fortis watches have earned from very content wearers. Though you may not aspire to space travel, know that your aviator watch can withstand the trip and is "thee" reliable timepiece to depend on for your flight plans.

 

Pilots' Watch: Breitling Skyracer Raven Black Dial Mens Watch

Pilots' Watch:New Breitling Windrider Blackbird Mens Watch

Pilots' Watch: Breitling Chronomat BlackBird Chronograph Watch

Breitling Bentley Flying B Mens Watch A2836212/A635
Breitling Bentley Flying B Mens Watch A2836212/A635

Breitling enjoys the distinction of being on the forefront in aeronautical technology and has earned its "wings" in many industry firsts. It is this strong commitment to the aeronautical discipline that crossed the inter~space barriers to new heights in aerospace leadership. Know your Breitling aviator watch carries the distinction and prestige it so deserves while serving as a reliable flight companion. Forget the gold watch; I'll tk a Breitling, any day.

 

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I remember my first flight with my father. I was 8 years old and fearless; crashes weren't part of my psyche. We took off, cruising through clouds that, until then, I believed were solid masses of wonder that would morph with the next whisper of wind into circus animals or butterflies.

I don't remember being concerned in the least.

Fast forward to a time when I'd had a few knocks from life, enough to know things do happen when we least expect them.

It was a dewy morning but the September sun was quick to burn away the moisture in the air. The clouds were few and the sun promised a perfect day for flying.

My dad and I were headed out to nowhere in particular, just up. And away.

The propeller roared to an instant thunder as it whirled and whipped through invisible air. And we were off into the cloud that looked like a rabbit-turned-bear the closer we got to it. We were there in the cloud; I was dreaming, I thought.

What a miracle flying is.

The air in a single-engine is up close and personal, not at all like the jet liners with magazine racks and free peanuts.

We flew and I acted the part of a kid "taking" the controls just long enough for the thrill of it before handing things back to my father.

The bumps and the jostling, the noise, the clouds and a not-so-distant bird; there's nothing like a small plane where nature is at the controls. It strikes and leaves its victims in its wake but the thrill of the risk is pure magic.

The clouds whisked by the little window and the trees below looked like wisps of green and gold and an occasional red-orange speck of the approaching autumn.

"Look for flocks of birds." my dad instructed amidst to growl of the Mooney.

And then I realized just how very vulnerable we were. And I loved it.

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