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Old 7 March 2019, 07:01 AM   #1
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***The Pilot Watch Thread!***

Pilot watches have a rich history and have been manufactured - purposely built or, otherwise, just for the aesthetics - by a multitude of brands, from all ends of the spectrum.

This is a thread to celebrate all kinds of pilot watches you may be wearing today, lusting after or generally interested in, by any brand and at any price point.

I'll kick it off with my IWC Vintage Pilot that I've been wearing for the last couple of days.

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Old 7 March 2019, 08:03 AM   #2
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Beautiful piece. I really like the vintage look.
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Old 7 March 2019, 09:06 AM   #3
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Not a pilot but spend lots of time in planes. Hereís my Sinn 757 UTC and Fortis Square. More examples of other brands when I have pics available.
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Old 7 March 2019, 09:14 AM   #4
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Not a pilot but spend lots of time in planes. Hereís my Sinn 757 UTC and Fortis Square. More examples of other brands when I have pics available.

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Cool pieces, Dan. Sinn has some references that are hard to beat at their price point!
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Old 7 March 2019, 09:15 AM   #5
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Beautiful piece. I really like the vintage look.
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Old 7 March 2019, 09:33 AM   #6
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Cool pieces, Dan. Sinn has some references that are hard to beat at their price point!
Thank you, sir! Yes, I had my eye on a couple Sinn references but the 757 UTC had the most features that are important to me.
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Old 12 March 2019, 02:20 AM   #7
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I'm sure there are other pilot watch lovers out there on the forum!
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Old 13 March 2019, 03:36 AM   #8
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Old 13 March 2019, 05:18 AM   #9
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Nice choice! I tried various mk18 on last week. Really love the look and feel of the IWC pilots. Waiting to try the new spitfire in matte black before I make a decision. IMG_20190308_142131.jpegIMG_20190308_142019.jpeg

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Old 13 March 2019, 05:58 AM   #10
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Just got this in last week, loving it:
Cool piece and that strap just paired perfectly with it. Diggin' the ink too.
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Old 13 March 2019, 06:04 AM   #11
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Nice choice! I tried various mk18 on last week. Really love the look and feel of the IWC pilots. Waiting to try the new spitfire in matte black before I make a decision. Attachment 1026304Attachment 1026305

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They look good on you. I think the ceramic/matte black pilot will look beter than that ceramic/sunburst blue version.

Bonze should be killer too, can't wait to try this on:

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Old 13 March 2019, 07:56 AM   #12
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The Hamilton Khaki King, an impulse buy while browsing a poor selection of watches at duty free one day.
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Old 13 March 2019, 07:05 PM   #13
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They look good on you. I think the ceramic/matte black pilot will look beter than that ceramic/sunburst blue version.



Bonze should be killer too, can't wait to try this on:



Thanks, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the top gun ceramic. The boutiques should have them pretty soon.

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Old 13 March 2019, 11:46 PM   #14
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I guess IWC is the king of pilot watches. In fact, IWC provided pilot watches to both RAF (Mark X) and Luftwaffe (B-Uhr) during the WW2.

Their new Spitfire collection looks awesome.

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Old 14 March 2019, 12:59 AM   #15
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Pilot watches have a rich history and have been manufactured - purposely built or, otherwise, just for the aesthetics - by a multitude of brands, from all ends of the spectrum.

This is a thread to celebrate all kinds of pilot watches you may be wearing today, lusting after or generally interested in, by any brand and at any price point.

I'll kick it off with my IWC Vintage Pilot that I've been wearing for the last couple of days.

Awesome pic buddy. You have an impressive collection my friend.
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Old 14 March 2019, 01:40 AM   #16
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The Hamilton Khaki King, an impulse buy while browsing a poor selection of watches at duty free one day.
Those indices with 5 minute intervals are how I wish the new Rolex Air King dial was made!

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Awesome pic buddy. You have an impressive collection my friend.
Thank you, my friend!
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Old 14 March 2019, 01:57 AM   #17
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I am a private pilot and have used my speedmaster on many occasions to time fuel changes.

I have always wanted one of these.



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Old 14 March 2019, 03:09 AM   #18
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Old 14 March 2019, 04:16 AM   #19
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Nice choice! I tried various mk18 on last week. Really love the look and feel of the IWC pilots. Waiting to try the new spitfire in matte black before I make a decision.
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Thank you! I actually checked out the MK18 LPP in real life a little over a year ago which is what tipped me over the edge to pursue a IWC. I had seem them online a lot, but the pictures online left me a little cold.
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Cool piece and that strap just paired perfectly with it. Diggin' the ink too.
Much appreciated
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Old 14 March 2019, 09:41 AM   #20
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Those indices with 5 minute intervals are how I wish the new Rolex Air King dial was made!
I agree. The B dials are truest to the origional. Rolex's 3-6-9 dials raided from the explorer parts bin was a mistake. Hoepfully they'll fix it in a couple of basels (the official time frame for the WIS).
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Old 14 March 2019, 11:12 AM   #21
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Old 15 March 2019, 02:25 AM   #22
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I am a private pilot and have used my speedmaster on many occasions to time fuel changes.

I have always wanted one of these.
That "anonimo" dial is just a quintessential pilot's watch, what a great looking piece.

Since you are a pilot, I'd love to hear your thoughts about a remark I read in a very interesting interview a while back, with Jeff Kingston: he mentioned a true, practical, pilot's watch would have to be a chrono, to make timing intervals easier, which got me thinking, as that isn't how I've always viewed pilot's watches.

The rest of the interview, which I really recommend, can be found here:

https://www.watchtime.com/wristwatch...ain-watchtime/.
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Old 15 March 2019, 02:27 AM   #23
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Old 15 March 2019, 05:00 AM   #24
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Great IWC you have there Kaue!

Iím a huge fan of pilot watches. I have one IWC ceramic Doppelchrono and one pilot watch that I made myself with an ETA 6497.

I want to pick up a Cartier Santos soon, as it was the very first pilot watch ever.



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Subscribed. I absolutely love the heritage of pilots watches and have always wanted to add something to the collection. Maybe an IWC...that new Spitfire collection from SIHH is quite impressive.

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Since you are a pilot, I'd love to hear your thoughts about a remark I read in a very interesting interview a while back, with Jeff Kingston: he mentioned a true, practical, pilot's watch would have to be a chrono, to make timing intervals easier, which got me thinking, as that isn't how I've always viewed pilot's watches.
From my experience (I flew for the USAF), it depends on who you ask: but I find the chronograph very useful. There was one mission that comes to mind where I absolutely needed a chronograph. I was glad I had one so I didnít have to do the math based on the time displayed on the instruments. Most aircraft now have the ability to start and stop a timer but I like having one on the wrist. Hope that helps, but others views may vary a bit.
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Great IWC you have there Kaue!

Iím a huge fan of pilot watches. I have one IWC ceramic Doppelchrono and one pilot watch that I made myself with an ETA 6497.

I want to pick up a Cartier Santos soon, as it was the very first pilot watch ever.
Thanks, Dave! Ohh, that ceramic split chrono is just and how cool is it that you actually built that other pilot!


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Subscribed. I absolutely love the heritage of pilots watches and have always wanted to add something to the collection. Maybe an IWC...that new Spitfire collection from SIHH is quite impressive.



From my experience (I flew for the USAF), it depends on who you ask: but I find the chronograph very useful. There was one mission that comes to mind where I absolutely needed a chronograph. I was glad I had one so I didnít have to do the math based on the time displayed on the instruments. Most aircraft now have the ability to start and stop a timer but I like having one on the wrist. Hope that helps, but others views may vary a bit.
Hey Jonathan, thanks a lot for the input!
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Another day, another snap:

Your vintage pilot looks amazing! Killer pic as well!
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Another day, another snap:

I've never seen this watch before coming into this thread. Without a doubt, one of the most aesthetically pleasing watches I've ever seen. Every feature is, in my opinion, perfectly executed. Literally every part of the watch has a detail in it, from the:
-hybrid coin edge/fluted bezel
-railroad track style outter ring with diamonds painted on the 3 and 9 position
-the 2 sets of fonts for the 2 sets of numbers
-the heart tipped hour hand
-the tiny yet useful railroad track printing on the inner sub-seconds dial
-simple lugs to frame the stellar case and dial
-well sized crown that doesn't stick out too much.

I'll take it
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