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    Hi,

    Out of curiosity, which watch brand would you most associate with Pilot watches, and why?
    Perhaps heritage or build quality?

    I have a brand in mind and I am wondering if the majority feel the same.

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    IWC, and maybe Zenith as a runner-up.

    I don't think that build quality relates to pilots watches in particular so that's not the reason. Probably because both companies have heritage in this area, and they choose to focus on this aspect of their heritage in their modern ranges.

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    SINN - strong flight instrument DNA. One of the creators of TESTAF and DIN 8330 standards that define modern pilot watches.

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    Breitling without a doubt. Probably the most recognizable brand because of their heritage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwtouring View Post
    Breitling without a doubt. Probably the most recognizable brand because of their heritage.
    Actually, Breitling probably is the "right" answer. Just doesn't fit in with my preferences !

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    Omega

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    Longines: Captain Philip Van Horne Weems, Charles Linberg, Amelia Earhart, . Maybe first Flyback movement (13ZN). Weems and Angle Hour watches.

    Also, Hanhart for German WW2 fighter pilots.

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    Any one of these go for the real McCoy vintage some thing used as intended it's like history on the wrist not some thing made to day to look the part go vintage if you are thinking of buying one.

    Hanhart, Omega, CWC, Longines, Zenith, Heuer

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    Wow, what a mixed bag
    There is certainly no definitive winner at the moment, it will be interesting to see how this pans out over the next few days

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    I don't think you can find a winner. You might debate who had the greatest influence for a particular period in history. I am sure someone could argue for Casio for modern Airforces too.

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    But for more modern this Sinn from the 1990's I am wearing it today about the newest watch I have in the collection. In some ways it's vintage being over 20 years old.

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    Breitling, because of the Navitimer 806 and it's development
    with/for AOPA - check here

    http://kurt-b.com/

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    Although not currently my favorite, I can see someone come up with a lot of support for the IWC/Jaeger Mark 11 as the beginning of a archetype for the common conception of a "pilot" watch.

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    IWC MKXI since it was also used by BOAC in addition to other air forces..

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    Breitling, Omega and Sinn.
    Cordially,
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    HEUER , SINN, HANHART, TUTIMA/BUNDESWEHR, OMEGA, BREITLING, IWC, LONGINES, ORFINA

    BORDUHR:
    JUNGHANS


    (I personally only wear Stainless Steel
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    I see Breitling come up a lot but why are they not used by any air force?

    If I had to choose it would be IWC because of their genuine RAF association and large variety of pilot watches

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    No one has mentioned Hamilton...

    Porche Design.

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    Breitling...
    Vintage: Navitimer
    Modern: B1, B2, Aerospace, Emergency
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    Certainly Breitling. Not military, but have the claim to be the inventor of the Navigation Timing Watch ("Navitimer") and produced exclusively for the Aircrat Owners and Pilots Association before making it available to the public.

    Here's one of mine, ironically in my car....


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