This special tablet issue contains a review of nine pilots’ watches. It was published in WatchTime magazine in April 2012 and is reproduced here as it originally appeared. We sent the watches – seven chronographs and two three-handed watches – up with a trio of aerobatic pilots to see how they would stand up to a series of stomach-wrenching midair maneuvers. Afterward, we interviewed the pilots about the watches’ suitability for life in a cockpit. We timed the watches before and after their flights to find out whether, or how much, their rates had been affected. For each watch, we list salient assets and drawbacks, according to our own assessments and those of the pilots.
READY FOR TAKEOFF
We sent nine pilots’ watches – from Oris, Sinn, Bell & Ross, Breitling, Damasko, Hanhart, Mühle, Tutima and Zenith – into the skies to see how they’d fare during a program of 14 aerobatic stunts, specially designed for our test. Including takeoff and landing, the watches were subjected to stress for about 20 minutes, and encountered G-forces ranging from +7 to -4.