Top gun. No spoilers. Pilot watches.

Hey all, I had to wear this to the movie as you understand why. For anyone who seen the film there are some watches that all the pilots seem to be wearing From what I can tell  chronographs probably IWC am maverick had his classic. Anyone identify the other watches all worn on NATOs?

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Love the Flighty I have one myself. I really doubt pilot's (unless watch enthusiast) would wear a 5k+ IWC watch. I think now and days a G-shock or the Garmin for aviation might be the watch to wear. Maybe someone in the air force can pitch in. 

Any how this would be the watch I would take if I go see the movie:

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I have one of the mudmasters from

2019 

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it’s the same module as the gravity master 

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I feel this is what I’d take with me in a jet lol. Does anyone know if there’s anything different about these two watches other than the case?

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JJMM1983

Love the Flighty I have one myself. I really doubt pilot's (unless watch enthusiast) would wear a 5k+ IWC watch. I think now and days a G-shock or the Garmin for aviation might be the watch to wear. Maybe someone in the air force can pitch in. 

Any how this would be the watch I would take if I go see the movie:

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I'm not a pilot, but I dealt with them on a regular basis. There are a somewhat surprising number of them in the RCAF that are kind of "into" watches at some level. I've seen a few Breitling Navitimers, Seamasters, Subs, etc., but I've taken note of few "pilot's" watches. 

I've see a lot of Timex Ironman, and G-Shocks as well. 

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It’s a great movie. Saw a pre screening the other day. Lots of IWC with several closeups of a IWC stopwatch. Blows the first movie out of the water. Enjoy!

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As I wrote about just recently, there's a great, cheap, quartz watch which is 95% the same as what the RAF issues in the UK to pilots. Hardly gets any airtime on any YouTube channel when they do their lists of 'what pilots wear' yet it's far closer to what real pilots wear in the UK, right now, than a lot of fancy watches that get tossed around. There's even some pictures in my thread of the actual RAF issue watches.

https://www.watchcrunch.com/complication/posts/any-love-for-the-civilian-versions-of-pulsar-s-raf-pilot-watches-8721

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As I wrote about just recently, there's a great, cheap, quartz watch which is 95% the same as what the RAF issues in the UK to pilots. Hardly gets any airtime on any YouTube channel when they do their lists of 'what pilots wear' yet it's far closer to what real pilots wear in the UK, right now, than a lot of fancy watches that get tossed around. There's even some pictures in my thread of the actual RAF issue watches.

https://www.watchcrunch.com/complication/posts/any-love-for-the-civilian-versions-of-pulsar-s-raf-pilot-watches-8721

The problem with your reasoning is not the style of the Pulsar (which I would agree with you looks similar) but 2 other things that work against it:

1) The 60 min subdial is almost impossible to read at a glance while flying low levels or maneuvering 

2) No one knows what a Pulsar is lol

As such, 99% of aviators wouldn't use it or notice it so might as well go buy the cheap casio/timex 

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Oneski

The problem with your reasoning is not the style of the Pulsar (which I would agree with you looks similar) but 2 other things that work against it:

1) The 60 min subdial is almost impossible to read at a glance while flying low levels or maneuvering 

2) No one knows what a Pulsar is lol

As such, 99% of aviators wouldn't use it or notice it so might as well go buy the cheap casio/timex 

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The "problem" with my reasoning? Sorry? This isn't a hypothetical scenario, open to debate. The RAF (Royal Air Force if it needs spelling out), issues these Pulsars, full-stop. Here's a picture of actual issue watches. The civilian versions have a few differences, but really not that many.

Which goes back to my point. People - especially YouTubers - wax on about luxury pilot style watches and have fantasies about pilots using them and obviously want to believe in a certain image when real life can be a lot more mundane and down market than they seem to think.

At the end of the day, I guess it's what people want to believe in. Is it the hard to qualify, "My cousin's best mate's brother swears all the pilots he knows wear $10,000 watches..." or is it the verifiable fact that the RAF issues cheap and cheerful Pulsars? I know which one I believe in :)

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The "problem" with my reasoning? Sorry? This isn't a hypothetical scenario, open to debate. The RAF (Royal Air Force if it needs spelling out), issues these Pulsars, full-stop. Here's a picture of actual issue watches. The civilian versions have a few differences, but really not that many.

Which goes back to my point. People - especially YouTubers - wax on about luxury pilot style watches and have fantasies about pilots using them and obviously want to believe in a certain image when real life can be a lot more mundane and down market than they seem to think.

At the end of the day, I guess it's what people want to believe in. Is it the hard to qualify, "My cousin's best mate's brother swears all the pilots he knows wear $10,000 watches..." or is it the verifiable fact that the RAF issues cheap and cheerful Pulsars? I know which one I believe in :)

It's like when YouTubers lament "only" 50m WR on a Field Watch, and go on to say that it isn't good enough for use in the field, when armies have issued 30m WR field watches since WWII... 

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My father was a pilot and wore a manual wind Navitimer until the early 1980's and then switched to the Seiko.

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KristianG

It's like when YouTubers lament "only" 50m WR on a Field Watch, and go on to say that it isn't good enough for use in the field, when armies have issued 30m WR field watches since WWII... 

Just so. YouTubers talk a big game at times and want to come across as knowing it all and being in some unimpeachable position, but good lord, some of them talk so much twaddle, for any of us in the audience who actually know a bit about a certain topic. Your example there being a great case in point. And again, going back to my post, most of them actively ignore a watch actually issued to one of the great air forces of the world, instead favouring far more obscure stuff, that's never been issued by a government in its life, but waving the YouTube reality distortion wand and suggesting, "this is what pilots in the military wear".

And sure, maybe out there some pilot does choose to wear a luxury watch that they bought for themselves. But that's an unknowable thing; it's a fantasy that the YouTuber thinks is possible, so extrapolates it to being much bigger than it is, whilst completely ignoring a watch that has passed MoD evaluation and is actually issued to personnel. The latter being a much more real, "pilots watch" to my way of thinking.

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complication

Just so. YouTubers talk a big game at times and want to come across as knowing it all and being in some unimpeachable position, but good lord, some of them talk so much twaddle, for any of us in the audience who actually know a bit about a certain topic. Your example there being a great case in point. And again, going back to my post, most of them actively ignore a watch actually issued to one of the great air forces of the world, instead favouring far more obscure stuff, that's never been issued by a government in its life, but waving the YouTube reality distortion wand and suggesting, "this is what pilots in the military wear".

And sure, maybe out there some pilot does choose to wear a luxury watch that they bought for themselves. But that's an unknowable thing; it's a fantasy that the YouTuber thinks is possible, so extrapolates it to being much bigger than it is, whilst completely ignoring a watch that has passed MoD evaluation and is actually issued to personnel. The latter being a much more real, "pilots watch" to my way of thinking.

I actually know pilots in the RCAF that wear luxury watches, but that is down to having met and talked to many over a couple of decades. 

One recent example I saw was a YouTuber(one I generally like) slagging the Marathon Navigator because it "only" has 60m of WR, and is "MILSPEC"... but in other videos raves about Hamilton watches that haven't been military since the 80s, but flog their "heritage". 

Pilots shouldn't need more than 60m WR... If they do, the watch is likely the least of their concerns. 🤣

I may be wrong, but I'm 99% sure the Marathon GSAR is still the CAF issued dive watch for Clearance Divers, and Combat Divers, which means Marathon is a real military watch maker, not just a licensed manufacturer that gets to put "Navy Seal" or some other name on it's entirely civilian watches. 

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Just so. I find a lot of them have a particular hobby horse to push, so they push it and don't do the necessary research to really understand the bigger picture. Maybe they can't be bothered, or maybe they know their 'hobby horse' won't come across as well when it's part of a more balanced picture? I mean, Marathon is currently the only active military watch contractor to the U.S. Government - fact. Pulsar supplies the RAF with pilots watches - fact. Yet you see Marathon being written off in favour of companies that might have had a contract decades ago. And I see Pulsar being totally ignored, even though it's a UK contractor. Crazy stuff. It's why I take YouTuber's opinions in general with a huge grain of salt.

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Just came back from seeing this movie; I LOVED it! And all the watch spotting was an extra bonus ✨

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Take my Breath Away! Tom knows how to wear watch!

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Mav’s mission times were recorded on an IWC pocketwatch if I remember right but I didn’t catch the wristwatches.