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Thread: Which Wrist Watches Do Fighter Pilots Actually Wear in Real Life?

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    Which Wrist Watches Do Fighter Pilots Actually Wear in Real Life?





    Update: Here’s Why We Saw So Many Garmin Smart Watches at MCAS Miramar
    https://theaviationist.com/2019/10/2...-mcas-miramar/

    Which Wrist Watches Do Fighter Pilots Actually Wear in Real Life?
    https://theaviationist.com/2019/10/1...-in-real-life/
    It's a watch eat watch world.

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    Not surprising really considering the spec provided these days by the likes of Garmin. Thanks for sharing.

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    They wear whatever they want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougair View Post
    They wear whatever they want.
    As long as it's free and endorses the company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADDOG View Post
    As long as it's free and endorses the company.
    Nothing in this world is free!

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    Back in the late 90's when the Seiko Gen 2 would have been issued our Sqn pilots got a very good deal with Breitling on a group buy with the unit crest added to the dial. They were also offered to the groundcrew but I wasn't keen on the chosen model, plus the cost would have been a stretch so didn't take it up; not into collecting watches back then. In glorious hindsight I wish I had.

    a few of them flew wearing these but I don't know how well they stood up to being used as a pilot/navigator daily work wear as I didn't take much notice.

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    I would have thought digital watches.

    I used to work around alot of RAF and ex RAF and there were alot of Breitlings about but i think that was their casual wear.

    Same with divers, i have spoken to quite a few including instructiors and club leaders and they laugh off Rolex as a relic than only a numpty diver would turn up with.

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    My father in law was a fighter pilot in the 70's and 80's and wore a Breitling. But not sure if he wore it operationally and he isn't around anymore to ask.

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    In my time, during peacetime, I wore whatever watch was the current favourite. As I've posted in other threads, post training I never had the need to actually use a watch for anything when flying. On operations (Gulf War 1 & 2, Balkans, Afghanistan etc.) I wore the issued Seiko Gen 1 or in later years a Suunto/Garmin smart watch; basically, anything I knew could be replaced easily should I be brought down. I purchased a Breitling Aerospace Avantage in 2005 as everything was on your wrist in the days before Smartphones and it's such a light, comfortable watch - originally on a black leather strap but now lives most of its time on the correct Titanium bracelet. I still have it and will never part with it.

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    I'm trying to remember who has been on the forum. I think there was a GR4 pilot, and a CH47 driver at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    I'm trying to remember who has been on the forum. I think there was a GR4 pilot, and a CH47 driver at least.
    I flew Tornado GR1. There is indeed a Chinook pilot on here and probably others.
    Last edited by Skier; 21st August 2020 at 21:54.

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