Pilot's watches

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Eye-catching, large and equipped with many mechanical refinements. In addition to their usually strikingly large design, aviator watches impress with their high functionality, durability and, of course, good readability, irrespective of whether by day or night. Over the years, almost all major watch manufacturers have recognised this and have launched aesthetic and modern wristwatches with well-known models such as the Cartier Santos, Breitling Navitimer, Bell & Ross Aviation, Omega Speedmaster, IWC Mark XI or Rolex GMT Master II, which also inspire a broad public away from aviation.
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Heroes of the skies - unlimited freedom on the wrist

There have always been attempts to produce special watches for pilots. The sports pilots above all wanted very precise watches, later also chronographs that functioned as well as possible. But they had to be dressed in thick clothes, especially in open machines, and often wore gloves for protection, which was a big problem at the time. As early as 1906, the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont complained to Louis Cartier how impossible it was to pull out and read a pocket watch while flying. Shortly afterwards, the ingenious jeweller Louis Cartier developed the "Cartier Santos" - a model for the wrist with a screw-down crown in a clearly laid-out angular design. Pilots and observers of international aviation often took over the B-watches ("observation watches") in World War II, which originally came from the maritime environment. These were very often pocket chronometers with diameters from 50 to 55 mm, equipped with luminous numerals and hands attached to a carrying strap. It was now possible to attach the watches to the wrist or, which some pilots found more practical, to the thigh.

A passion with history

When the aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic from New York to Paris in almost 34 hours in 1927, he knew like no other what is helpful for navigation above the clouds. Together with the watch manufacturer Longines, he developed a corresponding watch, which was introduced in 1932. The "Lindbergh" watch allowed a simple longitude determination, is still a successful part of the Longines collection and is considered a classic among pilot watches. Even in the 1930s there were already special aviator wristwatches. These were larger than the normal wristwatches and significantly more robust. Many were equipped with rotating bezels, with which one could adjust a certain time, usually the flight start. So you knew exactly how long you were on the road. Most of these watches were designed to be worn not under but over the jacket sleeve. Some watches had far protruding setting and winding crowns, which the pilot could still use even if he wore thick gloves. The early pilots - watches had almost no complications. They wanted the hour, minute and second hands to be good and visible without restriction. But 50 years ago, chronographs became fashionable among pilots. Because of the worldwide overseas flights, more and more watches with a second time zone were needed.

Second Time Zone - Pan American Airways and the Rolex GMT Master

The American airline Pan American Airways (PANAM) had the idea of equipping its pilots with a wristwatch that made it possible to display two time zones. With this order PANAM approached the exclusive Swiss watch manufacturer Rolex. Within a very short time Rolex developed such a model under the then reference 6542 - the GMT Master. This was named after the "Greenwhich Mean Time" (1884-1928 World Time) and was presented in 1954. The model was ultimately a further development of the Rolex Turn-O-Graph with the reference number 6202, where Rolex expanded the movement by a 24-hour function. Together with the new rotating bezel with 24h display it was now possible to read two different time zones without any problems. The date was enlarged with the cyclopean magnifier known for Rolex, creating the perfect aviator watch with two time zones. Even today, the Rolex GMT Master is one of the most coveted wristwatches, has certainly the greatest recognition value with the blue-red bezel and enjoys cult status among connoisseurs and lovers. Discover the new collection of this classic watch at Horando and wear a piece of history on your wrist. We offer you the classic Rolex GMT Master II with black ceramic bezel as well as the coveted reference 116710BLNR in black - blue. Of course, the GMT Master II collection is also available at short notice in steel and 18 carat yellow gold under the reference number116713LN as well as in 18 carat full gold (116718). For fans of the classic PEPSI GMT we can offer you the brand new model Rolex GMT Master II in 18 carat white gold with blue / red ceramic bezel (116719BLRO). Of course, our team is also happy to advise you on the procurement of a VINTAGE Rolex GMT Master and will find the right model for you.

Pilot's watches - vital instrument above the clouds

In today's aviation, pilots can rely on GPS, on-board computers and external radar and tower monitoring. At the beginning of the 20th century, however, pilots controlled their aircraft more by feel than by exact measurements. A pilot's watch was needed to calculate fuel consumption, showed the pilot its exact position and was used to calculate the time of arrival and wind speed - a vital tool. Many pilots pointed the small hand of their watch towards the sun. Halfway between the so aligned hand and the 12 o'clock position lies south. Even Charles Lindbergh navigated in this way when he flew from New York to Paris in 1927 and, as described above, designed a watch with Longines that made this type of navigation particularly easy. Later, many other watch manufacturers solved this problem by launching wristwatches that contained a small compass. This was either worked into the armand next to the watch or on the back of the watch case. Automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche, for example, designed a folding watch that concealed a marching compass.

Become a high-flyer with HORANDO

Hardly anything has had such a massive influence on watch development and history as aviation. Be inspired by the current collections and take off into the world of the coveted aviator watches from Rolex, IWC, Omega, Bell & Ross, to Cartier and Breitling. In addition to reliable, uncomplicated and fast processing, we offer you the best conditions and a comprehensive selection of all current collections and models. Of course, we will also be happy to advise you and - to suit your type - work with you to select your new pilot watch.

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