There’s a lot of history packed into pilot watches. They’ve taken us to new frontiers and saved lives up in the air and in outer space.
In the age before GPS, timing one’s journey in relation to speed and fuel was a crucial part of flight navigation. (Lindbergh even designed a watch with Longines in 1931.) In space, the Apollo 13 crew used the Omega Speedmaster to time a lifesaving, course adjusting thruster burst. If accuracy, ruggedness, and a legacy of adventure aren’t enough to make you a watch guy, throw in the white-knuckle experiences of aviators and astronauts. And if those do nothing, well, check your pulse.