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When it comes to pilot watches, companies generally take one of two different approaches: nostalgic pieces that evoke the style of an aviator in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, or a watch that might actually be useful to a pilot here and now. Given the crowd of watch enthusiasts, many of whom are currently reading this article, one can assume that the earlier type of pilot's watch with a mechanical movement, wide hands on a legible dial and possibly an oversized crown and leather strap. This genre is always pleasing greater popularity as pilot's watches compete with dive watches for bracelet real estate. And we're spoiled for choice - think of IWC's newly launched pilot's watch collection this year, as well as collections from Bell & Ross, Bremont, Alpina replica watches uk and so on. Even Rolex replica showed this year at Baselworld its refreshed (and polarizing) Air King. But Breitling is perhaps more tied to aviation than any other watch brand, embracing both the nostalgic pilot's watch and modern style in equal measure. (And lest we forget, were They were also the first company to be granted a patent for the two-push chronograph back in 1933).

The Navitimer chronograph of the 1950s was undoubtedly the watch Tom Wolfe referred to in his book on test pilots and astronauts, The Right Stuff – observes that, “had about two thousand calibrations and dials to record anything other than the sound of enemy weapons . . (They) were practically brotherly regalia among pilots. (Below is a Breitling Navitimer from Phil Toledano's collection, as seen in a recent episode of Talking Watches.) In the 1990s, Breitling came out with a new line of pilot's watches the bankruptcy, which looked forward instead of backwards. Some of the first analog-digital watches were aimed at pilots - with features such as second time zones, multiple loud alarms and night vision devices. compatible displays and even a built-in emergency radio transmitter.The strategy worked when these “modern” Breitlings became pilots' wristwear.Jim DiMatteo, former commander of the US Navy's Top Gun Fighter Training School (and Breitling USA's Aviation Consultant with over 5,000 hours in aircraft like the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-14 Tomcat), told me, "Fighter pilots always remember three things: their first solo flight, their first carrier landing, and their first Breitling." Below is an example of perhaps the most famous of the modern high-tech Breitlings: the emergency, as seen in Hodinkee's Hands On from earlier this year. To counter the challenge of the so-called "smart watch", Swiss brands have responded with different approaches, from clip-on e- Strap from Montblanc to the simplified activity trackers in Alpina and Frederique Constant to the full-on Google / Android collaboration from TAG Heuer.