7 Affordable & Robust Aviator Watches


Top 7 Most Affordable and Reliable Aviator Watches

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran pilot, or you are just looking to accessorize your wardrobe, our list of pilots watches gives you the most affordable and most reliable aviator watches on the market.

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Affordable Aviator Watches


Reliable & Affordable Aviator Watches Reviewed In Detail

Citizen BJ7000-52E Nighthawk Eco-Drive

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  • Size: 42 mm
  • Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
  • Movement: Eco-Drive B877
  • Price: $200

A flight watch for both novice and professional pilots, the Nighthawk features a pilot’s slide rule dial ring, dual time, date, and large luminous markers and hands for easy readability. At this price, this is a beautifully functional watch at a steal of a price.

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Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Watch

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  • Size: 46 mm
  • Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
  • Movement: Caliber H-30
  • Price: $680

The Khaki Pilot is designed to make the wearer feel like an early American pilot with its classic aviator design. It features a large dial, day and date function and superluminova hands.

Blending form with function this is an ideal watch for any pilot or pilot wannabe.

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Timex Aviator

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  • Size: 45 mm
  • Crystal: Mineral Crystal
  • Movement: Intelligent Quartz™ 3 GMT Movement
  • Price: $135

If you’re looking to buy your first Aviator watch but don’t want to drop thousands of dollars, this is a great compromise at a great price.

A slide rule top function combined with unique semi-chronos at 45-degree angles gives this watch functionality as a pilot watch, but unique fashion as well.

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Alpina Startimer Pilot Big Date

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  • Size: 44 mm
  • Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
  • Movement: AL-280
  • Price: $550

Alpina has more than a century worth of experience in building pilot watches for continental air forces.

The Startimer Pilot features all military aviation watch specifications and houses an Alpina AL-280 movement.

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Archimede 42H

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  • Size: 42 mm
  • Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
  • Movement: Automatic ETA 2824
  • Price: $775

Designed to reflect the old style Flieger watches, this piece holds true to the old style with no brand name, no date display and blue luminous hands.

This simple, yet classically styled pilot watch is functional as well as stylish.

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Laco Model A

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  • Size: 42 mm
  • Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
  • Movement: Automatic Laco 24 basic movement ETA 2824.2
  • Price: $285

This German made timepiece was created in the 1940s for aviators and is characterised by a simple design with numbered hours. For better readability the Model A features a triangle with two points in place of the 12. This design feature made it easier for navigators to see the hands even under poor conditions.

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AVI-8 AV-4011 Hawker Hurricane

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The AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane was a single seater fighter jet that saw combat for Britain during WWII. The Hawker Hurricane was the most acclaimed, successful and reliable aircraft for the allied forces.

This timepiece is inspired by the men and machines that influenced aviation history. With a classic case shape housing detailed dials, colours and graphics, this piece celebrates the spirit and adventurism of a past era.

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