a380900
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What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:06 pm

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.
 
N766UA
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:11 pm

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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a380900
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:18 pm

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.
 
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:24 pm

Hehe, if you say so. Anybody else got any ideas?
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:27 pm

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.

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N766UA: Nice watch.
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:27 pm

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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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:30 pm

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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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:31 pm

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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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:33 pm

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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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:58 pm

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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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 12:59 pm

Want a good watch, get a G-Shock. Or if you want to spend $6,000 get the one with the emergency locator beacon.
 
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 1:55 pm

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!!!!!
 
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 1:55 pm

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.
 
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RE: What's The Best Watch For Pilots?

Sun May 23, 2004 10:10 pm

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.

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