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What's The Best Watch For Pilots?  
User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1101 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16301 times:

Hi,

I want to buy a watch. I do not want needles. I had a Nike with huge numbers. I was wondering whether there were watches the pilots among you would favor.

Thanks.

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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8189 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16283 times:

The best pilot watches I can think of are all analog with hands. Mine has an E6B flight computer built right in, it's the Chase-Durer Wing Commander XV.


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User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16241 times:

It looks all right but I don't want analog. It's easy to make mistakes of one or two minutes with an analog wristwatch.


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8189 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16213 times:

Hehe, if you say so. Anybody else got any ideas?


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User currently offlineMeister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16199 times:

One with numbers. Honest... that's all it takes. Maybe look for a good backlight, so that it is easy to read at night, but, hey... if it has a stopwatch I am willing to work with it.

-Meister

N766UA: Nice watch.



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User currently offlineFedExDC-10 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 196 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16199 times:

Yeah, I wear a Casio G-Shock and it's the best wristwatch I've ever owned. I love it. It's survived everything, from flying right down to day-in and day-out water rescue. I gave about 100 bucks for it, so it's not a huge investment, but a fine one even so.

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User currently offlineType-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4940 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16174 times:

Years ago we used to joke that if you saw someone with a humungous watch on he was definitely a pilot!
I have had a Breitling Chronograph for years, yes it's analog but it's easy to read even in turbulent conditions (which you sometimes find on IFR approaches). It has my recommendation.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29790 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16174 times:

Sorry but I will stick with my $15 dollar Timex Indiglo

It replaced an earlier $10 doller version that somehow got lost at the pool.

Damm inflation  Pissed

Who the hell uses an E-6B built into a watch.

How they hell can you see it and try and fly and airplane at the same time?



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8189 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 16163 times:

It's actually really easy. Alot better than fumbling around your flight bag that's for sure. I guess if your vision is failing or you're old then maybe it's a different story.

Meister808: Thanks!



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User currently offlineAa717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16124 times:

I'm looking for that 12" E6B. 1" across is WAY too small! Big grin

For digital, Timex and Casio probably can't be beat. For analog, keep it simple--Rolex Submariner Stainless. If you don't want to plunk down $3000+, try the Swiss Army type with the rubber band. Mine has an inset window with timer and GMT. $125.TC



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User currently offlineCirruspilot From Ireland, joined May 2004, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16118 times:

Want a good watch, get a G-Shock. Or if you want to spend $6,000 get the one with the emergency locator beacon.

User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16056 times:

I would say something that is easy to read. One of our pilots has this watch that tells him time in like 27 different parts of the world in Zulu, Army and Standard time and i'm sure about 20 other kinds of time that we didn't even know exist and gives the avg. tempature, humidity and rainfall and stuff like that for the last 10 years, for the current day (Ex. the avg temp in Sudan is 97F on 5/23 over the last 10 years with 88% humidity and 3/4 of an inch of rain or something to that matter). To me thats just a bit to much useless stuff to have on a watch. We don;t fly to Sudan so why would we care what the tempature is there??? or any of the other crap. Thats what the weather channel is for. I think I remember him saying he paid like $220 or somethnig like that for it. Ill stick to the $8 Target special that gives me the current time in the place i'm in...not SUDAN!!!!!

User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16055 times:

Thanks everybody. I just bought a G-Shock GW700A1V.

It's Solar so you don't have to change the battery and it gets a fresh time through radio wave 3 times a day. It was listed for $130 on Casio's website but I found it for $94 with tax.

Thanks.


User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 15949 times:

I agree with N766UA, I also have a Chase-Durer Wing Commander XV, the hands are big and easy to read and I'm able to to do some simple time/speed problems on it (Haven't figured it out yet tho)  Big thumbs up

Not too expensive either, at least not in the U.S.

johan



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