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Q. Dear Gonzo,
A few years ago I was bitten by the watch-bug and since then, I have achieved and pursued the goal I had set for myself back then. Every 5 months I buy a new watch and it’s time for another one; It will be 6Th Additionally.
Reaching the half-dozen mark – as silly as it sounds – is something I’m looking forward to, to make it memorable, something I never expected; Obviously, for their common patterns and characteristics. Despite owning two pilot watches (one), my preference is for complications Hamilton was a khaki aviation pilot; Another is a Citizen Aviator Chronograph), I was suddenly drawn to the classic Flieger look. And this is where the problem starts.
The Khaki Pilot I found it very clear and in your face; The Aviation X-Wind Automatic An overkill (considered only for paragliding; that too only once so far), the Converter GMT Or Chronograph I don’t fit the look I had in mind. Plus, they weren’t the usual type I was looking forward to.
A good example of exactly what I follow Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Which, unfortunately, I missed. A technical watch with a non-technical look; When I go out with my family on the weekend I like things that don’t stick out.
I am open Seiko 5 Military Automatic But it’s a little less sharp than I’d like. What would you choose if you were me?
Now, to the next part of my question: does the term ‘pilot’ really apply to a watch that has no useful features and functions inside the flight deck? It excludes timing; I mentioned it that you shouldn’t try to get my attention that way.
A. I see, young man, you’ve always known about that hunt that doesn’t make a lot of sense, and somewhere, you have to draw the line. The Seiko 5 Military Automatic – and the Rest’military’ Concerts are definitely a line but definitely not the end of the line. There are a few more and some give you more without deviating from the classics the aviator If you don’t mind a little complication and don’t mind the inner circle of hour-markers, you might want to check out the Orient Sports Flight Style Chronograph. Or, just go for it Santos de Cartier (And easily get up to about $8K). “why?” – I can imagine you asking.
The fun part is that men’s wristwatches all owe their existence to pilots. So technically, every watch is a pilot’s watch, with or without Pilot-friendly Feature(s) and function(s) and as you said, keeping time for this discussion.
You must have heard about it Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian aviation pioneer? For those who didn’t – he was quite the gentleman whose contribution made the basic aircraft valuable and venerable. Exactly 118 years ago, in 1904; Cartier received an order from the famous Parisian jeweler Alberto Santos-Dumont for a watch that he could wear on his wrist. Reaching for a pocket watch every time he needed to check the time was embarrassing for him (and other pilots of his era). Letting go of the controls while in motion – even momentarily – is dangerous. Autopilot didn’t appear for another 8 years. Whether this was invented to aid aviation and aviators or to keep their love of pocket watches alive is subject to much debate; Obviously, it seems to be the first. But again, you can’t be too sure about that.
Sorry, I digress.
The thing is: over time, wristwatches have become essential equipment for every aviator, and watch companies have tried to throw as many aviation-friendly gadgets into them as they can afford.
Note: Military watches also came like this. Soldiers had to keep their hands free for their rifles and grenades and watches to synchronize their attack times.
Only a few stand up to real-life use. Because flight decks have everything sorted on digital displays and there are very few chances of them malfunctioning; Thanks to modern technology and innovation.
Why, then; Should you buy a pilot watch? (Again I digress, but this time, knowing it).
Let me tell you a story. Given to an officer of the armed forces Bringing small supplies from the base to his camp. He was given charge of two JCOs to carry out his orders.
Each week the three traveled a total of 350 kilometers (up and down). All the while, the JCO and Captain at the rear held their respective rifles in hand; their index fingers through the trigger-guards.
Weeks turned to months, then years. While sailing one such day, the captain asked his JCO at the back – “Please take a back seat some time.”Even the JCO was speechless. asked the captain (now slightly distressed) a second time. JCO’s reply – “Sir, our orders are to be on full alert at all times.“
The captain was surprised. “Have you faced a single threat along this path in the past two years?” – he asked.
JCO replied – “Sir, it may very well be, and my earnest wish is, that we may never engage in war in this way; But when you’re fired upon, you don’t have time to reach for your rifle in the back seat. You may not even have time to say—”Hand me over my rifle,” for I am gone before I can hand you your weapon; Sir.”
On-board circuits should never fail! But if they do, a pilot’s watch will be useful to anyone who’s used to flying. But for average city guys like us? If you know how to use the EB6 scale and chronograph, you can accomplish a lot more.
However, you are really looking for an old-style flyer/pilots watch and you don’t want to walk the way others normally walk. My suggestion, wait and allow some more time Ratio Skysurfer Pilots watches fly!
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