Pilot Watch History & A Flight Watch

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Pilot Watch History & A Flight Watch

Post by koimaster » January 25th 2022, 4:33pm

So exactly what is the definition of a 'pilot's' watch, or an 'aviation' watch? No, really...I'm asking, because it seems to be a pretty wide open. Chronographs seem to be a popular feature for pilots, and were the mandatory addition for the Chinese Air Force when they commissioned their official pilot's watch from the Tianjin watch factory back in the early 60's. One of the earliest known watches made specifically for a pilot was by Louis Cartier for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, who was...one of the earliest pilots. Apparently the famous and flamboyant Santos caused a bit of a stir by wearing his watch on his wrist instead of in his pocket, which triggered some of the first wristwatch craze among the general public.

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