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Rolex GMT-Master II ROLEX BLACK VENOM DLC T-GOLD LIMITED...
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Rolex GMT-Master II ROLEX BLACK VENOM DLC T-GOLD LIMITED...
S$ 17,317
Seller
Paradiso Luxury Srl
40
IT
IWC Pilot Chronograph Triple Date Complete Set
IWC Pilot Chronograph Triple Date Complete Set
S$ 4,800
Seller
The Time Co.
SG
IWC Pilot Chronograph limited The Last Flight 8000ht
TOP
IWC Pilot Chronograph limited The Last Flight 8000ht
S$ 15,092
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RIVIERAWATCH
77
FR
Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 116710BLNR von 2014
Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 116710BLNR von 2014
S$ 13,964
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Breitling Old Navitimer 41 Chronograph Chronometer
Breitling Old Navitimer 41 Chronograph Chronometer
S$ 4,758
Seller
Westend-Juwelier
 
DE
Breitling Chronospace A56012.1
Breitling Chronospace A56012.1
S$ 2,621
Seller
Pfandhaus SCHUMACHERS Braunschweig GmbH
12
DE
Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 Serpico Y Laino.  Very rare.
Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 Serpico Y Laino. Very rare.
Price on request
Seller
Firma Boris Pjanic
 
DE
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex GMT-Master II
S$ 12,709
Seller
Chronorelojes, S.L.
10
ES
Breitling Navitimer 50th Anniversary
Breitling Navitimer 50th Anniversary
S$ 6,624
Seller
Louis Meyer Watches Ltd
 
UK
Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi - 16710
Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi - 16710
S$ 16,730
Seller
Hoboken Watch
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Complete Set
Rolex GMT-Master II Steel Complete Set
S$ 9,880
Seller
The Time Co.
SG
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex GMT-Master II
S$ 12,471
Seller
LUWATRA
 
DE
Rolex GMT Master Ref. 116719BLRO Weißgold B+P LC170
Rolex GMT Master Ref. 116719BLRO Weißgold B+P LC170
S$ 42,735
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
IWC 2017 Big Pilot 46 Neues Modell Full-Set
IWC 2017 Big Pilot 46 Neues Modell Full-Set
S$ 13,496
Seller
Westend-Juwelier
 
DE
IWC Big Pilot First Series 5002 With 'Transitional' Movement
IWC Big Pilot First Series 5002 With 'Transitional' Movement
S$ 15,426
Seller
Swisstimemachine
6
UK
Breitling Old Navitimer
Breitling Old Navitimer
S$ 6,116
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Rolex GMT-Master Ref:6542
Rolex GMT-Master Ref:6542
S$ 38,880
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
 
SG
Breitling Navitimer 7806 Vintage
Breitling Navitimer 7806 Vintage
S$ 7,484
Seller
Joint Venture Estate Jewelers
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex GMT-Master II
S$ 14,356
Free shipping
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Nashville Watch LLC
 
US
Hamilton Pilot Day Date Stainless Steel Mens Watch H64615135
Hamilton Pilot Day Date Stainless Steel Mens Watch H64615135
S$ 857
Seller
Royal Time
48
US
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex GMT-Master II
S$ 11,787
Seller
East Grinstead Watch Company
 
UK
Rolex GMT Master Ref.: 16750 von 1984
Rolex GMT Master Ref.: 16750 von 1984
S$ 13,504
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Breitling Navitimer World GMT 46 Chronograph Chronometer
Breitling Navitimer World GMT 46 Chronograph Chronometer
S$ 5,394
Seller
Westend-Juwelier
 
DE
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
S$ 13,504
Seller
PRAITANO GIOIELLI
 
IT
IWC Fliegerchrono
IWC Fliegerchrono
S$ 5,878
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer
Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer
S$ 1,938
Seller
Italian Street sas
 
IT
Hamilton H76714135 Worldtimer
Hamilton H76714135 Worldtimer
S$ 1,898
Seller
Juwelier Hobil GmbH
 
DE
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
S$ 4,148
Seller
Zeit & Glanz
5
DE
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Worldtimer Chrono Quartz Men's Watch...
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Worldtimer Chrono Quartz Men's Watch...
S$ 1,089
Seller
Royal Time
48
US
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi, Matte dial
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi, Matte dial
S$ 16,324
Seller
Watches of Sussex Ltd
 
UK
IWC „The Last Flight“ Ltd. 1700 Ref.: IW388004 inkl. Mwst.
IWC „The Last Flight“ Ltd. 1700 Ref.: IW388004 inkl. Mwst.
S$ 13,329
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-92
Bell & Ross BR 01-92
S$ 6,196
Seller
Sayegh Joaillier
 
FR
Breitling Chrono Cockpit
Breitling Chrono Cockpit
S$ 5,254
Seller
A. W. Porter & Son Ltd
 
UK
IWC Fliegerchrono  Keramik
IWC Fliegerchrono Keramik
S$ 12,074
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
S$ 4,897
Seller
Chronostore NYC
 
US
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronographe
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronographe
S$ 5,084
Seller
Hall of Time
 
BE
Hamilton Khaki Pilot
Hamilton Khaki Pilot
S$ 2,468
Seller
Sarah Layton Jewellers
 
UK
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
S$ 11,581
Seller
Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
S$ 19,872
Seller
Watches of Sussex Ltd
 
UK
IWC Top Gun Pilot Rattrapante
IWC Top Gun Pilot Rattrapante
S$ 9,065
Seller
Divewatch
6
UK
Bell & Ross BR S
Bell & Ross BR S
S$ 3,336
Seller
Sayegh Joaillier
 
FR
Rolex GMT-Master Ref:16750
Rolex GMT-Master Ref:16750
S$ 20,880
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
 
SG
IWC Fliegeruhr
IWC Fliegeruhr
S$ 12,948
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Bell & Ross Marine
Bell & Ross Marine
S$ 5,033
Seller
Chronostore NYC
 
US
Bell & Ross BR 03-97 Réserve de Marche
Bell & Ross BR 03-97 Réserve de Marche
S$ 3,972
Seller
Hall of Time
 
BE
Alpina Startimer Pilot RRP € 2.795,=
Alpina Startimer Pilot RRP € 2.795,=
S$ 2,852
Seller
Sparnaaij Juweliers
13
NL
Breitling Cockpit
Breitling Cockpit
S$ 8,722
Seller
Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II 116713
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II 116713
S$ 14,288
Free shipping
Seller
CJ Charles Jewelers
 
US
Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 16760 „Tritium“ v. 1988 B+P LC700
Rolex GMT Master II Ref. 16760 „Tritium“ v. 1988 B+P LC700
S$ 25,260
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Rolex GMT-Master II Black/18k white gold Ø40mm - 116719BLRO
Rolex GMT-Master II Black/18k white gold Ø40mm - 116719BLRO
S$ 44,903
Free shipping
Seller
WatchShopping.com Inc.
19
US
Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer
Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer
S$ 959
Seller
Curtit Swiss Watches
 
CH
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
S$ 26,531
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Bell & Ross Marine
Bell & Ross Marine
S$ 7,483
Seller
Chronostore NYC
 
US
Bell & Ross Vintage
Bell & Ross Vintage
S$ 4,369
Seller
Hall of Time
 
BE
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex GMT-Master II
S$ 17,317
Seller
Montevago SRL unipersonale
 
IT
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rolex GMT-Master II
S$ 36,540
Seller
ROSSI GIOIELLERIA OUTLET
 
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master 16700LN
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master 16700LN
S$ 10,478
Free shipping
Seller
CJ Charles Jewelers
 
US
IWC Ref. 3713 Doppelchronograph 2003 Box und Papiere
IWC Ref. 3713 Doppelchronograph 2003 Box und Papiere
S$ 9,198
Seller
Watchplanet24
36
DE
Rolex GMT-Master II Blue Black/Steel Ø40mm - 116710 BLNR
Rolex GMT-Master II Blue Black/Steel Ø40mm - 116710 BLNR
S$ 16,178
Free shipping
Seller
WatchShopping.com Inc.
19
US
Rolex 16710 GMT-Master II "Pepsi"
Rolex 16710 GMT-Master II "Pepsi"
S$ 10,864
Seller
Northeasternclassics
TH
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Pilot's Watches: Functionality for the Highest Demands

Pilot's watches are precise instruments as well as stylish accessories. Originally designed for pilots, they have developed into one of the most beloved types of watches. Breitling and IWC are two of the most well-known producers of pilot's watches.

Highlights

  • Famous brands: IWC, Breitling, Tutima, Fortis
  • IWC Mark XI features a typical pilot's watch design
  • Affordable pilot's watches available for less than 1,000 euros
  • Breitling Navitimer with a chronograph function and slide rule
  • Cartier Santos considered the first pilot's wristwatch

In the Cockpit with a Pilot's Watch

Pilot's watches are closely linked to aviation; the industry has strongly influenced the history and functionality of these special watches. For example, many pilot's watches are chronographs, meaning they also function as stopwatches. The term "pilot's watch" does not, however, have one standard definition. For some, it means a timepiece with a certain design: Watches with a black dial and white indices or numerals as well as large hands are enough to qualify as pilot's watches in some peoples' books. Another definition emphasizes other characteristics, such as legibility during the day and at night or a certain level of impact and shock resistance.
In the past, there wasn't a uniform standard for pilot's watches like the international ISO 6425 standard (DIN 8306) for diving watches. In 2016, however, the DIN 8330 standard was introduced, based on the Technical Standard for Pilot's Watches (Technischen Standard Fliegeruhren, TESTAF). According to DIN 8330, a certified pilot's watch is capable of replacing a plane's precise time measurement systems. Furthermore, the wearer is able to plan and execute vital, time-sensitive flight maneuvers with the watch. The German company Sinn was the first watch manufacturer to produce watches according to the DIN 8330 standard.
Two of the most famous manufacturers of pilot's watches are the Swiss brands Breitling and IWC. The design of the IWC Mark XI is particularly well known around the world and is often replicated. The watch is simple with its black dial, large numerals and indices, and triangular marker at the 12 o'clock position. IWC has sent the hand-winding model to numerous air forces.
One of Breitling's most famous timepieces is the Navitimer. Aside from its chronograph function, it has a rotatable bezel with a slide rule. With the help of this mechanism, you can calculate speeds, distances, and fuel consumption, as well as convert units of measurement.

Buying Advice

If you're interested in buying a pilot's watch, you have a large choice between many models from different brands. With such an expansive collection, there's certain to be the perfect watch for every budget. More affordable watches under 1,000 euros are available from Breitling. The Breitling Aerospace has the brand's characteristic bezel rider tabs at three, six, nine, and twelve o'clock. Inside its case, it's powered by an incredibly precise quartz movement. It's available for around 800 euros pre-owned. A used Breitling Chronomat is also available for less than 1,000 euros.
You can find numerous pre-owned Breitling watches for between 1,000 and 2,500 euros. Pilot's watches from the French manufacturer Bell & Ross are also available in this price range. Pre-owned pilot's chronographs from IWC cost around 2,000 euros. Three-hand models are available for less than 2,000 euros. IWC chronographs in good condition cost around 2,500 euros.
The 857 UTC watch from Sinn is available with or without TESTAF certification. Both versions cost about the same. You should plan on spending about 1,900 euros on a new model. A new chronograph Sinn 103 Ti TESTAF costs around 2,300 euros. New models with a chronograph and GMT function cost around 2,800 euros.
You can find Rolex's GMT-Master for under 10,000 euros. The Genevan manufacturer developed the GMT watch in the mid-1950s based on the demands of commercial pilots. The American airline Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) used the GMT-Master as their official watch.

History of Pilot's Watches

The Cartier Santos is considered the first pilot's watch. Louis Cartier developed the square wristwatch in 1904 for the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont. Two years later, Dumont flew the first official flight in a motorized airplane. During the flight, he wore the Santos, allowing him to keep both hands on the controls while still keeping an eye on the time.
The roots of modern day pilot's watches go all the way back to pocket watches — or, more accurately, deck watches used in high-sea navigation. These watches were portable pocket watches that supplemented a ship's marine chronometer. The marine chronometer was anchored to the ship and mounted on three freely moving axles, keeping the dial face up even during heavy swells. The marine chronometer was regulated in this position. Sailors used these highly precise chronometers to determine their exact location. During long trips at sea, watches accurate to the second were indispensable for navigation.
The officers on board synchronized their deck watch with the marine chronometer and returned to deck to determine their position via sextant. A deck watch had a very precise movement, but due to the extreme deviations in temperature and different positions, it wasn't as precise as a marine chronometer.
At the beginning of the 20th century, pilots used these deck watches during flights. They soldered pieces to the watches and looped thick leather straps through them. When modified this way, they could wear the deck watches on their thighs or over a flight suit. These pilot's watches were easily identifiable by their large crowns, which also allowed the wearer to set the time with gloves on.
Later, deck watches received their characteristic pilot's watch design. A black dial with yellow numerals became a signifying feature of these timepieces. At the beginning of the 20th century, manufacturers started using the luminous, radioactive material radium. Today, they use the luminescent, non-radioactive material Superluminova. Black dials have some obvious advantages: There's no glare, and together with luminous indices and hands, they are easy to read at twilight and at night.
Most pilot's watches from the early 20th century also featured a stop-seconds mechanism. This allowed the wearer to set the watch to the exact second, which is necessary to navigate accurately. One of the most important German manufacturers of these types of watches was the Glashütte-based company A. Lange & Söhne. During the Second World War, they produced pilot's watches exclusively for the military; today, these watches are very rare. Just as rare are German pilot's chronographs, which were produced by manufacturers such as Tutima and Junghans. The movements powering these watches originally came from Glashütte. Altogether, there are only 300 to 400 watches remaining from the 1930s and 40s. These vintage watches cost upwards of 30,000 euros each.

Historical Highlights

  • Origins tracing back to deck watches used on ships
  • Deck watches with leather straps were the first pilot's watches
  • Cartier Santos: the first pilot's watch in the form of a wristwatch
  • A. Lange & Söhne was one of the most important manufacturers of German pilot's watches

IWC Mark XI: The Cult Pilot's Watch

The IWC Mark XI is a classic pilot's watch. The Swiss manufacturer IWC produced the watch starting at the end of the 1940s. The Mark XI was a smaller version of the Mark X. For around 30 years, IWC delivered the Mark XI to numerous air forces around the world. The simple, hand-winding watch featured no chronograph function. Therefore, it was comparably inexpensive at 350 Swiss francs. Now, it costs between 5,000 and 9,000 euros. The watch had a characteristic black dial with bright luminous numerals and a triangle at 12 o'clock. Still to this day, manufacturers such as Fortis produce pilot's watches with this simple, iconic design.

The Standard for Pilot's Watches: DIN 8330

An official standard for pilot's watches has existed since the beginning of 2016: the German DIN 8330. The watch manufacturer Sinn Spezialuhren initiated the process of developing this standard. The German Institute for Standardization (DIN) decided in the summer of 2013 to create a new standard for pilot's watches based on the Technical Standard for Pilot's Watches (TESTAF). This standard is oriented to meet the challenges of modern aviation. The aerospace engineering department at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences together with Sinn Spezialuhren developed the TESTAF in 2012. According to DIN 8330, pilot's wristwatches must be compatible with other on-board instruments, pose no risk to the aircraft and crew, and must be able to withstand the physical stressors of flight.
DIN 8330 differentiates between visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR). Watches certified according to IFR rules require a stopwatch function and are thus chronographs. Watches certified to VFR have a 12-hour as well as a 60-minute display. The central second hand must feature a mechanism so it can be stopped to the exact second. Furthermore, the standard requires the watch to have a bi-directional rotatable bezel with minute markers and ratcheting. The dial and scale background must be matte black, and the diameter of the dial must not be smaller than 27 mm. The watch has to be easily legible, and thus the hour indices, triangular marker on the bezel, and the hour, minute, and second hands must be filled with luminous material and glow for at least three hours.
The DIN 8330 also requires pilot's watches and their functions to work properly between -15 °C and +55 °C (5 to 131 °F). They have to pass an impact test by surviving a drop from a 1-meter height onto a hardwood floor. They are also tested for waterproofness according to DIN 8310. The watches undergo further tests for precision, strap fittings, and magnetic field resistance, among other things. At the end of the tests, the watch must still function properly and have no signs of external damage.

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