Top Pilot Watch Picks

four military jets flying in formation

The best pilot watches are clear and easy to read. That is, after all, what they were designed for. Flying an aircraft demands total concentration so if you can’t read your watch with a quick glance, then maybe you are wearing the wrong watch. That legibility typically makes them a little larger than a field watch or a dress watch, but that’s not to say that they don’t come in a variety of case sizes, because they do. You just have to look a little harder to find the smaller ones.

Some aviator watches have a GMT function to navigate multiple time zones, while some, like the Flightmaster, feature a circular slide rule or a chronograph like the Lunar Pilot. Features like these undoubtedly make a pilot’s watch a great conversation piece, especially when they have a story or some watch heritage attached to them.

These watches tend to be on the more casual side of things because they are tool watches. They were designed for a purpose and to have functionality. That isn’t to say you couldn’t wear one of these to a dinner party, you just might want to pick and choose which one would work best.

So if you want to start people talking, take a look at our picks below for the best pilot watches that money can buy.

citizen skyhawk watch on a titanium bracelet

Citizen Skyhawk

The Citizen Skyhawk is a watch that is jam-packed with features that you would expect from a modern aviation watch but it also has some surprises.…
seagull 1963 chronograph watch on an olive nato strap

Seagull 1963

The Seagull 1963 is an affordable mechanical chronograph that is steeped in military history. It’s a pilot’s watch you will be proud to own.…
Hamilton Pilot Pioneer watch on a green nato strap

Hamilton Pilot Pioneer

The Hamilton Pilot Pioneer is a perfect example of a classic military pilot watch that has been updated for modern tastes. It’s hard not to like.…
marathon pilot's navigator watch on a black nato strap

Marathon Pilot’s Navigator

The Marathon Pilot Navigator is a compelling choice for service men and women, or for those who want a military style watch that is built to last.…
The Hamilton Pilot Date Date automatic watch on a steel bracelet

Hamilton Pilot Day Date Auto

The Hamilton Pilot Day Date found fame for appearing in the movie Interstellar, but is this modern aviation watch a blockbuster hit? Let’s find out!…
a black citizen promaster nighthawk watch with a black strap

Citizen Promaster Nighthawk

The new Citizen Promaster Nighthawk is a fantastic pilot’s watch with military styling and high legibility. It’s ready for anything. Are you?…
Seiko SNA411 Flightmaster on a steel bracelet

Seiko Flightmaster SNA411

The Seiko Flightmaster SNA411 has something of a cult following among watch lovers. If you take time to understand this watch, you’ll know why.…
Orient Pilot Sports Watch

Orient Pilot

The Orient Pilot watch has a clean legible design, a workhorse automatic movement, and a price that won’t break the bank. What’s not to like?…
Laco Augsburg 39mm watch

Laco Augsburg 39

If you are looking for German style, the Laco Augsburg has it in spades. This functional pilot’s watch has great legibility and a history that few can match.…
The Bulova Lunar Pilot watch

Bulova Lunar Pilot

The Bulova Lunar Pilot is often referred to as the “other” Moon watch, but this chronograph has much more to offer than the moniker of a budget Speedmaster.…