They are inspired by aviation, and boast an impressive list of features and novel design.

They’re tougher, better, bigger and more durable for your everyday wear and tear. No matter the adventure,  a pilot watch is truly a worthy wingman for your wrist. Below, we take you through our top picks for best pilot watches.

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ZENITH PILOT

TON-UP

A high-altitude 45mm mechanical chronograph with a storied aviation pedigree and unique style, it has the coveted El Primero 4-069 Automatic movement with a 50-hour reserve. For true, die hard horologists. R115 000 picotandmoss.co.za 011 669 0500

 

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BREITLING

AVENGER BANDIT

This 45mm wide titanium beauty with its satin brushed finishes and classic stencils is as much at home on an aircraft carrier as it is in a meeting room. R94 600 breitling.com 0861001884

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LUMINOX XCOR

5120 SPACE SERIES

Even though the brand is famous for being the official Navy Seals watch, this hardened, 45mm wide ticker has been built for astronauts, and can withstand pretty much anything on this world (and off it). R12 999 tregergroup.co.za 011 089 6000

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BREMONT PILOT

ALT1-P/BL

Like a true pilot’s watch, it puts visibility first with special luminous markers and a classic face design. Combine this with a super Valjoux movement and you have a brilliant watch. R78 000 montresdumonde.co.za 011 783 8813

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DOGFIGHT WINGMAN

DF0056

This brand offers the perfect opportunity to start your pilot watch collection, especially if your budget is limited. This 43mm wide, Japanese Miyota quartzdriven timepiece has classic aviation-styled markers and a date calendar. R2 995 bacherco.co.za 011 372 6000