Pilot’s Watches Take Off

The popularity of oversized watches and the 2003 centenary of the Wright Brothers’ first successful flight have renewed interest in the pilot’s watch, which marks its own 100th birthday in 2004. Pilot’s watches originally were created to meet the needs of aviators, both professional and amateur. But in recent decades, the watches also have become popular with consumers who enjoy multi-technical timepieces, consider them a fashion statement, use them when traveling, or just dream of flying. And watchmakers have responded accordingly. Today, there are many authentic pilot’s watches, as well as those with features based on pilot’s watches or designs influenced by the pilot’s watch “look.” Here are a few of many now available.