Looking for sub $500 Pilot Suggestions

A buddy of mine is interested in getting a decent watch for nights out etc

Here's what I gathered:

Sub $500 Pilot style with good specs

Automatic

Black dial

7 inch wrist so thinking 40-41mm range

Preferably on a leather strap

I immediately thought of Laco, Steinhart...but know there are many others

So it's not a pilot watch, but if your friend has any interest in a dive watch with most of his required items, this Glycine Combat Sub is on a hell of a sale at Costco for under $240:

https://www.costco.com/glycine-combat-sub-automatic-42mm-case-men's-watch.product.100721205.html

JBird7986

So it's not a pilot watch, but if your friend has any interest in a dive watch with most of his required items, this Glycine Combat Sub is on a hell of a sale at Costco for under $240:

https://www.costco.com/glycine-combat-sub-automatic-42mm-case-men's-watch.product.100721205.html

馃榾 I look at that watch every time I go to Costco ha ha

Thanks...I'll ask him

Swedish microbrand @malmwatches specialise in Pilot watches if you鈥檙e wanting something a bit different. I鈥檝e got the Air Wolf Viggen from them and love it. Their watches tend to be a little bigger more 42-43mm and it might stretch your budget a little.

Otherwise there鈥檚 Marathon who people talk well of.

Matt84

Swedish microbrand @malmwatches specialise in Pilot watches if you鈥檙e wanting something a bit different. I鈥檝e got the Air Wolf Viggen from them and love it. Their watches tend to be a little bigger more 42-43mm and it might stretch your budget a little.

Otherwise there鈥檚 Marathon who people talk well of.

Probably more than he wants to spend...but I really like that Air Wolf super clean...thanks!

Marathon is a good thought

Unfortunately not automatic, but still one of my favorites is the Seiko Flightmaster. Prices have rose over the years since they are discontinued and have become a bit of a collector鈥檚 item, but should definitely be able to find one under $500. Chronograph, friendly lug to lug size, unique dial, and 200M WR. Awesome watch IMHO

WatchoLibre

Unfortunately not automatic, but still one of my favorites is the Seiko Flightmaster. Prices have rose over the years since they are discontinued and have become a bit of a collector鈥檚 item, but should definitely be able to find one under $500. Chronograph, friendly lug to lug size, unique dial, and 200M WR. Awesome watch IMHO

I'm a big fan of the Flightmaster...I think my buddy wants a simpler dial though thanks!

You might want to look at Avi8

You might try getting one of our amazing modders here on WC to mod one of these for you!

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i would go with laco aachen or augsburg

RobertWood

You might want to look at Avi8

Looking...thanks!

HotWatchChick69

You might try getting one of our amazing modders here on WC to mod one of these for you!

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definitely ticks the boxes...馃憤

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i would go with laco aachen or augsburg

馃憤sent him the Augsburg to get him looking

Laco. The best option out there at different price points. Also you get quite a few variants and options to customise.

7inch wrist, 39-41mm would be a good size. Most pilot/field watches have longer lugs making the overall watch wear bigger.

You'll have to be more specific by what you mean by pilot style. When you mention Laco as one of the brands you've looked at, my mind unsurprisingly goes to A and B style fliegers, but are you also open to modern pilot watches which sometimes look nothing like that particular style of watch?

There鈥檚 already been a few mentions of Laco which I absolutely love, so I won鈥檛 go there again.

A Panzera could be an alternative. Australian made with a Seiko movement and well under $500 USD. They ship worldwide and their customer service is on point.

Here鈥檚 my Flieger 46

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