During the golden age of air travel, all seats on a plane were pretty much first-class seats. At the dawn of intercontinental flight, travellers dressed for the occasion, and the experience was much more genteel, even elegant, especially when compared with today’s post-apocalyptic hellscape. Sadly, modern flying has become a soul-crushing exercise, with stressed-out travellers crammed together like so many hapless tinned fish.
In the same way that civilised flight is something of a rarity, so is a watch on the wrist of a pilot. Akin to a dive watch’s redundancy in a world where dive computers exist, a pilot’s replica watches for sale uk is something of an affectation, a nod to an idealised memory of the Jet Age future. But before the advent of computerised cockpit instrumentation, a timepiece was compulsory, relied on for a number of functions. Most useful of all were chronographs, which could calculate vital details including airspeed and fuel consumption. So as a throwback to that more refined age, here are some of my favourite modern-day pilot’s super clone watches online.
Fake Breitling – Navitimer 1959 Edition in platinum
The original Navitimer is an unimpeachable legend among pilot’s chronographs, with its slide rule bezel helping to make its bones with aviators, and Swiss made replica Breitling delighted fans with their Re-Edition of the 806 several years back. It was a virtual one-to-one of the 1959 version, down to the number of beads on the bezel’s edge, and Breitling has released two precious metal versions since, including a red gold version, and this perfect fake Breitling Navitimer 1959 Edition in platinum. This limited run of 59 keeps nearly all the features of the steel version, including the 41mm diameter and hand-wound COSC-certified Caliber B09 movement, but shows off with its case rendered in platinum. The other main difference is the deep blue dial, matched with a luxe blue alligator strap with white stitching. Still, it’s an authentic experience, albeit one with just a bit extra.
Replica IWC – Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Oceana
Swiss movement fake IWC UK is rightly known for their broad range of aviation-themed timepieces, including the cheap copy IWC Big Pilot’s and Mark series, but their chronograph range spits some real horological fire, with an ever-growing lineup that includes their innovative coloured ceramic variants. Newly minted at 2023’s Watches & Wonders, the 1:1 replica IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Oceana sees it take flight in a snappy, matte-finished Navy blue, perfect for the would-be fighter pilot in all of us.
Getting all those colours just right is something of an obsession for aaa quality fake IWC, the result of many hours of trial and error to reach the desired hue. The 41.9mm blue case is complemented by the eye-popping white-on-blue dial, and the textile inlay rubber strap brings a weekend-worthy denim look. The 69380 Calibre autowinding movement has 33 jewels, a 48 hour power reserve, and runs at a ultra-smooth 4Hz. The whole package is a supersonic take on an already well-regarded classic.