The pilot's watch has become a staple of the horological community, specifically within the tool watch market. But, as we've seen with divers, the recent surge in their mainstream appeal and marketing has de-emphasised their professional utility. In response, we revisit the fundamentals of a practical pilot's watch by highlighting five things to look for when buying from this category. Legibility While it should go without saying, a good pilot's watch should enable the wearer to see the exact time down to the second with merely a glance at their wrist. There's no place here for watches without minute markers, second hands, or featuring bizarre colour combinations. Legibility is also improved when the crystal has anti-reflective coating. Not only does this reduce the sun glare when trying to see the dial, it prevents inadvertent and distracting reflections being shone into your eyes by a co-pilot with low situational awareness. Accuracy The pilot's watch needs to be accurate. It's the law. Civil Aviation Order 20.18 [https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2013C00121] lists aircraft equipment that must be carried in flight and includes the requirement for 'an accurate timepiece indicating the time in hours, minutes and seconds' that 'may be carried on the pilot or navigator'. Military…

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