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20 Best Aviation Watches You Can Buy Right Now [For Every Budget]

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20 Best Aviation Watches You Can Buy Right Now [For Every Budget]

As a pilot, a good watch with the right features is an important cockpit tool. It can also be a fashion statement. Functional, classic, modern, vintage-inspired – there are so many looks to choose from.

Whether your budget is $15 or $5,000, we have put together a list of the best aviation watches that you can buy right now.

Best Aviation Watches Under $50

1.      Casio Men’s G-Shock Classic Digital Watch

Casio Men’s G-Shock Classic Digital Watch

There is something to be said for a classic, functional watch with a design that has stood the test of time. If you are looking for the features you need and the durability you want at a great price, try the G-Shock Classic. The rugged build gives you a sturdy watch that will last for years.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 200 meters
  • Shock resistant
  • EL backlight with afterglow
  • 1/100 second stopwatch plus countdown timer
  • Multi-function alarm
  • Digital display
  • 45 mm case diameter

                Specs:

  • Brand: Casio
  • Model: DW5600E-1V
  • Weight:92 ounces 

2.      Casio Men’s Black Resin Digital Sport Watch

Casio Men’s Black Resin Digital Sport Watch

Your watch doesn’t have to be expensive to be functional.  Casio’s digital sport watch is designed so even student pilots with a small budget can get a watch that meets their needs.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 30 meters
  • Shock resistant
  • 10-year battery life
  • 1/100 second stopwatch plus countdown timer
  • LED light with afterglow
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Digital display
  • 34 mm case diameter
  • 22 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Casio
  • Model: F201WA-1A
  • Weight: Not listed 

Best Aviation Watches From $50-100

1.      Casio G-Shock Men's Multifunction Digital Watch

Casio G-Shock Men's Multifunction Digital Watch

Level up your G-Shock watch experience with a multifunction digital watch. It has the rugged build of the G-Shock line plus extras like a 200-meter water resistance rating and a flash alert feature.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 200 meters
  • Shock resistant
  • EL backlight with afterglow
  • Multi-function alarm
  • 2-year battery life
  • 1/100 second stopwatch
  • Flash alert for alarm, countdown timer, time-up alarm and hourly time signal
  • Digital display
  • 5 mm case diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Casio
  • Model: DW-9052V-1
  • Weight:08 ounces 

Best Aviation Watches From $100-200

1.      AVIATOR F-Series Watch

In the market for classy upscale detailing at an affordable price? The Aviator F-Series line delivers. This model pops with elegant metallic detailing on the face. The world city feature and dual-time subdial are extra perks for global travel.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • 2-year warranty
  • Dual time zone function
  • Luminous hands and roman numeral hour markers
  • Japanese Quartz movement
  • Analog display
  • 316L Stainless steel case
  • 44 mm case diameter
  • 24 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Aviator
  • Model: AVW2017G264
  • Weight:93 ounces 

Best Aviation Watches From $200-300

1.      Casio Gravity Master G-Shock Aviation Black Watch

Casio Gravity Master G-Shock Aviation Black Watch

Robust shock and water resistance plus extra features come together in the G-Shock GA1000. A built-in compass lets you take continual direction readings and temporarily store them in bearing memory. Don’t worry – the anti-magnetic structural design protects from magnetic interference.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 200 meters
  • Shock resistant
  • Twin sensor capabilities
  • Digital compass mode with bearing memory
  • Thermometer
  • World time
  • 1/100-second stopwatch plus countdown timer
  • Auto calendar
  • 2-year battery life
  • UV-LED (auto) neon-illuminator light
  • Anti-magnetic structure
  • Analog-digital display
  • 47 mm case diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Casio
  • Model: GA-1000-1ACR
  • Weight:88 ounces 

2.      Avi-8 Men’s Hawker Hurricane

AVI-8’s Hawker Hurricane watch draws on its namesake aircraft – a WWII single-seat fighter – for vintage detailing. Pops of red, blue and yellow on the dials are the perfect complement to the classic brown leather band. Give a nod to historic aviators when you strap on the Hawker Hurricane by Avi-8.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 50 meters
  • Analog display
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Vintage designed subdials
  • 45 mm case diameter
  • 22 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Avi-8
  • Model: Hawker Hurricane AV-4011-01
  • Weight:1 ounces 

Best Aviation Watches From $300-500

1.      Chotovelli Big Pilot 747-11

There is a certain allure and mystique that surrounds aviators of the past. Their influence lives on in Chotovelli’s Big Pilot 747-11 watch. This head-turning timepiece marries classic 1940’s aviator watch elements with modern touches for a truly spectacular result.

Imagine classic subdials and an Italian calf leather strap paired with hardened sapphire glass and SuperLuminova illumination. This is the Big Pilot.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • Analog display
  • Japanese Citizen Miyota OS 21 movement
  • SuperLuminova illumination
  • Stainless steel finish
  • Hardened sapphire glass
  • 2 mm case diameter
  • 22 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Avi-8
  • Model: 747-11
  • Weight: Not listed 

2.      Laco Pilot Watch Aachen 42

Another historical throwback, Laco’s Aachen 42 watch was modeled after an original WWII German pilot design. The analog display is crisp and streamlined with modern detailing including SuperLuminova illumination and sapphire glass.

Key Features:

  • Original WWII German pilot design
  • Waterproof to 50 meters
  • Analog display
  • Citizen Miyota 821A automatic movement
  • SuperLuminova illuminated hands, numbers and figures
  • Stainless steel case
  • Synthetic sapphire glass
  • 42 mm case diameter
  • 20 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Laco
  • Model: Aachen 42
  • Weight:29 ounces 

3.      Torgoen T16 Black Swiss Chronograph Pilot Watch

Bold. Simple. Classic. Torgoen’s T16 pilot watch offers a striking, easy to read watch face mounted on a sturdy vintage leather band. The clean statement look complements your style both in and out of the cockpit.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • Analog display
  • Swiss movement
  • Large, illuminated digits and markers
  • Available in either K1 Hardened mineral crystal or sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel case
  • 3-year warranty
  • 44 mm case diameter
  • 24 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Torgoen
  • Model: T16BKIP44V
  • Weight:7 ounces 

Best Aviation Watches From $500-700

1.      Bulova Men's 45mm Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch

How many watches can claim that they were designed and customized especially for astronauts? Now how many of those watches have been updated and re-released to those of us who have yet to fly beyond Earth’s atmosphere?

Connect with the Apollo 15 crew’s legacy when you take home Bulova’s special edition updated version of their historic lunar pilot watch. The new model retains the look of the original and has been upgraded to include high performance quartz movement, super-luminous hands and markers plus other modern features.

Key Features:

  • Special edition updated version of lunar chronograph watch worn on Apollo 15 mission
  • Analog display
  • Water resistant to 50 meters
  • High performance 3-prong quartz crystal movement at 262 kHz frequency
  • Super-luminous hands and markers
  • Anti-reflective sapphire glass
  • Tachymeter
  • Calendar
  • Solid 316L surgical-grade stainless steel case
  • 3-year warranty
  • 45 mm case diameter
  • 22 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Bulova
  • Model: 96B251
  • Weight:96 ounces

2.      Seiko Men's SSG010 COUTURA

A beautifully crafted two-tone stainless-steel case and band set the stage for Seiko’s Coutura SSG010 chronograph watch. The timeless design is crafted with attention to detail and includes extra features like a radio sync time and calendar feature. Dead batteries are a thing of the past as your new timepiece is solar powered. A 6-month power reserve will get you through even the cloudiest of months.

Key Features:

  • Powered by light energy – no battery
  • Radio controlled time and calendar updates
  • World time
  • 6-month power reserve
  • Power save function
  • LumiBrite hands and markers
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Analog display
  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • Overcharge prevention
  • Two-tone stainless-steel case
  • 1 year worldwide warranty, 3 years in United States
  • 5 mm case diameter
  • 3 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Seiko
  • Model: Coutura SSG010
  • Weight:2 ounces 

Best Aviation Watches From $700-1,000

1.      Garmin D2 Delta S Aviator Watch

Garmin D2 Delta S Aviator Watch with Beige Leather Band (42MM Case)

Large watch faces aren’t for everyone. Pilots looking for a smaller timepiece will appreciate the scaled-down size of Garmin’s D2 Delta S. The watch face may be smaller, but the features and style are anything but tiny. The on-trend rose gold bezel pairs with a beige leather band for an effortlessly sophisticated look.

Garmin packed the entire Delta watch series with features designed just for pilots. Color maps, preloaded worldwide aviation database, NEXRAD weather, flight logging and more – this watch has it all.

Key Features:

  • Transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens
  • Color mapping function
  • Preloaded worldwide aviation database
  • NEXRAD Weather
  • Waypoint reference
  • Flight logging and alerts (fuel tank timer, cross track error, etc.)
  • Sport watch features: Elevate heart rate monitoring, daily activity tracking, training metrics
  • Storage for up to 500 songs
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Garmin Pay
  • Smart notifications
  • Comes with trial subscription of Garmin Pilot app
  • Water rated to 100 meters
  • LED backlight
  • 42 mm case diameter
  • 20 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Garmin
  • Model: D2 Delta S 010-01987-30
  • Weight:24 ounces 

2.      Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T Titanium Watch

Citizen is known for building quality watches and they have something for everyone including the discerning pilot. The Promaster Skyhawk A-T has all the features you want including radio updated multiple time zones, world time and a rotating slide rule bezel.

The watch housing itself is a sturdy lightweight two-tone titanium. Light powered Eco-Drive technology eliminates the need for a battery.

Key Features:

  • Radio-controlled atomic clock timekeeping
  • Light powered by Eco-Drive technology
  • World time
  • Dual time
  • Digital backlight display
  • Universal coordinated time (UTC) display
  • Perpetual calendar
  • Rotating slide rule bezel
  • 1/100 second chronograph
  • Water-resistant to 200 meters
  • Anti-reflective mineral crystal lens
  • Titanium case and band
  • 46 mm case diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Citizen
  • Model: Promaster Skyhawk A-T JY0010-50E
  • Weight: Not listed 

3.      Garmin D2 Delta Aviator Watch

Garmin D2 Delta Aviator Watch with Brown Leather Band (47MM Case)

The D2 Delta is the full-size sister product to the Delta S. Both watches share Garmin’s full line-up of aviator-friendly features. Some of the most obvious differences are in case size and color.

The Delta is 5 mm larger than the Delta S. It comes with a silver titanium bezel and brown leather band. The larger size also allows for improved battery life (up to 12 days instead of 7 in smartwatch mode).

Key Features:

  • Transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display
  • Titanium bezel
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens
  • Preloaded worldwide aviation database
  • Color mapping function
  • NEXRAD Weather on moving map
  • Waypoint reference
  • Barometric altimeter
  • 3-axis compass with horizontal situation indicator
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Multiple time zones
  • Flight logging and alerts (fuel tank timer, cross track error, etc.)
  • Sport watch features: Elevate heart rate monitoring, daily activity tracking, training metrics
  • Smart notifications
  • Comes with trial subscription of Garmin Pilot app
  • Garmin Pay
  • Can be paired with Bluetooth headset or headphones
  • Water rated to 100 meters
  • LED backlight
  • 47 mm case diameter
  • 22 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Garmin
  • Model: D2 Delta 010-01988-30
  • Weight:68 ounces 

Best Aviation Watches Over $1,000

1.      Garmin D2 Delta PX Aviator Watch

Garmin D2 Delta PX Aviator Watch with DLC Titanium Band (51MM Case)

Rounding out Garmin’s D2 Delta premium watch line is the D2 Delta PX. The upgraded PX model allows you to monitor your pulse oximetry with the built-in sensor. The striking diamond-like carbon (DLC) titanium band and largest case size of the D2 Delta line-up give the PX a bold statement look.

Key Features:

  • Pulse Ox sensor with Acclimation
  • Transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display
  • Diamond-like carbon (DLC) bezel
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens
  • Compatible with Flight Stream 510 wireless gateway
  • Preloaded worldwide aviation database
  • Color mapping function
  • NEXRAD Weather on moving map
  • Waypoint reference
  • Barometric altimeter
  • 3-axis compass with horizontal situation indicator
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Multiple time zones
  • Flight logging and alerts (fuel tank timer, cross track error, etc.)
  • Sport watch features: Elevate heart rate monitoring, daily activity tracking, training metrics
  • Smart notifications
  • Comes with trial subscription of Garmin Pilot app
  • Garmin Pay
  • Can be paired with Bluetooth headset or headphones
  • Waterproof to 100 meters
  • LED backlight
  • 51 mm case diameter
  • 26 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Garmin
  • Model: D2 Delta PX 010-01989-30
  • Weight:07 ounces 

2.      Bell & Ross Aviation Pilot Watch

The crisp matte black finish of a Bell & Ross aviation watch is instantly recognizable. The quality is legendary. Sapphire crystal, Swiss automatic movement and ceramic case – this is the impeccably built, timeless watch that you can pass down to your children.

Key Features:

  • Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • Analog display
  • Swiss automatic movement
  • Brushed ceramic case
  • Luminescent hands and markers
  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • 42 mm case diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Bell & Ross
  • Model: BR03-92
  • Weight:96 ounces 

3.      Bremont ALT1-ZT/51

Bremont focuses on understated style and function with the sleek ALT1-ZT/51 aviator watch. This everyday wear timepiece stands out from the crowd with a patented bi-directional inner bezel and on-trend vintage leather band.

Key Features:

  • Anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • Hardened stainless steel case
  • Patented inner bi-directional Roto-Click bezel
  • Super-LumiNova hands
  • BE-54AE automatic chronometer
  • Water resistant to 100 meters
  • 43 mm case diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Bremont
  • Model: ALT1-ZT/51
  • Weight: Not listed 

4.      Fortis B-42 Pilot Watch

The quality of Swiss timepieces is well-known, and Fortis has been a part of that history since 1912. In fact, the Fortis legacy is so impressive that it is the brand of choice for the Russian space program.

Lucky for you, you don’t have to be a cosmonaut to secure a Fortis watch of your own. Take the B-42 chronograph with you on all your adventures. A sturdy stainless-steel case with shock absorber protects the quality automatic Swiss quartz movement.

Key Features:

  • Automatic Swiss quartz movement with shock absorber
  • 24-month battery life
  • Antireflective sapphire crystal
  • Analog display
  • Stainless steel case
  • Luminous hands
  • Water resistant to 200 meters
  • Tachymeter inner bezel
  • 42 mm case diameter
  • 20 mm band diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Fortis
  • Model: B-42 (635.10.11L.01)
  • Weight: Not listed 

5.      TAG Heuer Aquaracer

The perfect combination of polish and comfort, TAG Heuer’s Aquaracer timepiece is visually stunning. The rhodium plating luminescent indexes sparkle in the fine-brushed and polished steel case. A black rubber band adds just the right amount of casual flair.

Key Features:

  • Automatic Swiss movement with shock absorber
  • Antireflective sapphire crystal
  • Unidirectional turning bezel
  • Analog display
  • Polished steel case
  • Water resistant to 300 meters
  • Rhodium plated luminescent indexes
  • 5 mm case diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Tag Heur
  • Model: Aquaracer
  • Weight: Not listed 

6.      Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46

Rounding out our top twenty aviation watches is Breitling’s Navitimer B01. Many watch faces are black or white, so the rich blue of the Navitimer stands out.  A circular bi-directional slide rule bezel adds to the functionality and your choice of 3 case color options completes the package.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant to 30 meters
  • Analog display
  • Self-winding Breitling Caliber 01 mechanical movement
  • Choose from steel, steel and gold, and 18k red gold case options
  • Cambered anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Bidirectional slide rule bezel
  • 46 mm case diameter
  • 20 mm strap diameter

Specs:

  • Brand: Breitling
  • Model: Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46 AB0127211 C1P1
  • Weight: 2 ounces

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