Affordable Pilot Watches Under $200 (Minimalistic & Stylish)

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Jacky Chou

The Pilot Watch is one of the most recognizable, time-honored and loved watches in history. It has made countless appearances on movie sets, television shows, and even in pop culture. Nowadays it's an affordable option to own this classic piece of watchmaking that you can wear every day.,

Pilot watches are a popular choice for people who want to wear something stylish and minimalistic. They have a variety of styles, colors, and sizes that make them a great option for anyone.

Under $200 Budget Pilot Watches

I'll be showcasing some of the greatest and most reasonably priced pilot-style watches under $200 in this article.

A Quick Look at Our Top 5 Affordable Pilot Watch Picks Under $200

  • Our Top Pick: the Stuhrling Original Aviator
  • Eastern Flight
  • Hand-Wound Pilot for Fanmis
  • Automatic Big Pilot Parnis Flieger
  • Pilot for Citizen Eco-Drive

Since the turn of the century, pilot watches have been in use. The first Pilot watch was created because pocket timepieces were no longer reliable enough for pilots who needed to know the time and their speed.

Since those initial watches, many new styles have been included into Pilots watches.

The first was a watch in the WW2 Flieger design, which had a plain dial with an arrow at the top and a large, plain display that was straightforward to read.

Later, when more intricate calculations were needed, the watch's bezel and outer ring were employed to assist pilots.

Style Of Flieger

1. The original aviator by Stuhrling

Stuhrling Original Men's Aviator Chronograph Watch with Date and 24 Hour Subdial and Leather Strap...
  • EDGY STYLE: Eye-catching looks are both impressive and...
  • GENUINE LEATHER BAND: Supple, stylish, and comfortable genuine...
  • Keep your eye on the time with a day-of-the-month quick-set...
  • Measure speed with laser-like accuracy with built-in Chronograph...

Keeping to the original German STYLE OF FLIEGER, at least around the outside, this watch from Stuhrling stands out from the crowd.

It immediately stands out as a flieger because to the huge arabic indexes at 6 and 12 and the inner train of minutes. However, the inner portion of the dial, which has the elevated logo at 9 o'clock and a day indication that seems higher and along the vertical, is what makes it special.

With the two studs located right below the pin, the black leather band also offers a tough appearance.

Additionally, it is available in 3 various color/style combinations, so you may choose the one that best fits you.

  • Quartz mechanism made in Japan
  • Crystal Krysterna
  • Day/Date feature
  • calfskin leather band and a stainless steel case
  • 100m water resistance
  • 44 x 9.7 mm for the case

2. Eastern Flight

Garmin 010-01040-30 D2
  • Has Direct-to and Nearest buttons that use a worldwide airport...
  • Altimeter with adjustable baron setting and compass
  • Displays multiple time zones with Zulu/UTC reference
  • Various timers and vibrating alerts for inflight task reminders
  • Wirelessly receives flight plan from Garmin Pilot and controls...

Another more traditional STYLE OF FLIEGER watch from Orient is the Flight. It has a very simple and clear  dial with contrasting colors. The minute markets are large along the outer, and the inner hour markers are quite small. 

At 3 o'clock is a date window, and at 12 o'clock is the large flieger arrow. The canvas band contributes to the rugged appearance that you would expect from a pilot's watch.

It also has a wide range of band variations, including steel and canvas (which, in my opinion, is more genuine to the flieger).

  • Quartz mechanism made in Japan
  • Mineral That Resists Scratching
  • Date feature
  • With a canvas (or steel) band and a stainless steel case
  • 50-meter water resistance
  • Size of case: 42 x 9 mm

3. Hand-Wound Pilot for Fanmis

Fanmis 44mm Black Dial Luminous Dark Brown Leather Strap Wrist Watch Hand-Wound Movement
  • Classic, simple, versatile design with large , easy-to-read dial
  • Stainless steel round shaped case
  • Protective Mineral crystal glass protects watch from scratches
  • High quality leather strap and top class alloy
  • Mechanical Hand Wind movement

This Fanmis pilot's watch shouts "flieger"! Markings in clear white on a black backdrop. an enormous crown. the arrow pointing up at 12 o'clock. All of these watch indicators are indubitably classics.

The seconds sub-dial at 6 o'clock, which is unusual for a watch, draws your attention first. Some individuals may find the absence of text or branding in general off-putting, but it really helps draw attention to the watch's simplicity.

This watch is entirely manual and hand-wound, which may be a touch noisy for some (like a Swatch if you've ever had one), but it's a terrific buy for the aesthetic and tribute to vintage timepieces.

  • Seagull movement from Tianjin with hand winding
  • crystal mineral
  • functional seconds sub-dial
  • Case made of stainless steel with a transparent rear
  • 30m of water resistance
  • Size of case: 44 x 11 mm

4. Parnis/Fanmis Big Flieger Automatic

Fanmis 47mm Black Dial Big Pilots Automatic Mechanical Luxury Men's Wrist Watch Luminous Marks
  • Classic,simple,versatile design with large ,easy-to-read dial,...
  • Stainless steel round shaped case
  • Protective Mineral crystal glass protects watch from scratches
  • High quality Leather band and top class alloy
  • Automatic movement

This variant of the Parnis flieger lacks the sub-dial but still includes a date window at 3 o'clock. It is a more traditional form. 

It also has the Parnis branding at 12 o’clock and comes with an automatic movement, which most people will appreciate (not having to wind it every day or two :>).

  • Seagull Motion that is automatic
  • crystal mineral
  • Date feature at 3 o'clock
  • A leather band and stainless steel case
  • 30m of water resistance
  • Size of case: 47 x 15.5 mm

5. Pilot for Citizen Eco-Drive

Citizen Men's Promaster Skyhawk A-T Eco-Drive Aviator Watch, Black Dial, Stainless Steel, Black
  • With atomic timekeeping is 43 cities, this chronograph watch...
  • Synchronized to Atomic Time Clock for Superior Accuracy, Atomic...
  • Black Stainless Steel
  • Ana-Digi Display; Luminous Hands and Markers; Power Reserve...
  • 200 Meters Water Resistant and 5 Year Limited Warranty

Another common kind of pilot watch is based on the German observer watch. To rapidly and readily identify how many minutes have passed, it has an inner ring.

Just such a Pilot Observer watch is this Citizen. a flawlessly rounded steel casing with markings on the inside and outside. A big crown, like the ones the WWII pilots enjoyed donning while wearing gloves. also a longer date window at three o'clock.

The watch is solar-charged and does not need battery replacement since it is an eco-drive.

  • Solar-powered eco-drive movement
  • crystal mineral
  • Day/Date feature at 3 o'clock
  • calfskin leather band with white stitching and a stainless steel case
  • 100m water resistance
  • Size of case: 45 x 12 mm

6. Vintage Mil-Tec Luftwaffe ME 109 Pilot

Mil-Tec Luftwaffe Me109 Aviator Vintage German WW2 Flieger Pilot Mens Watch - Military Easy to Read...
  • Collectible Vintage Watch design from an era of aerial bravery -...
  • Vintage Design combined with Modern Technology - this watch has a...
  • Each Watch is Unique - the beige dial of the watch is different...
  • Simple and Easy to Read - three-hander with luminous hands, black...
  • Comfortable and Eyecatching watch - genuine brown calfskin...

If you wish to wear a genuine vintage flieger watch, Mil-Tec's German Luftwaffe replica aims for the authentic appearance.

Large, legible markers and numbers, huge, white hands, a massive crown, and a lovely brown leather strap complete the appearance.

The faded dial hue, intended to make this watch seem old, may either appeal to you or turn you off.

  • Quartz mechanism
  • crystal mineral window
  • Rubber band and stainless steel case
  • 200-meter water resistance
  • Size of case: 40 x 15 mm

7. SNK809 Seiko 5, 807, 805

SEIKO Men's SNK807 SEIKO 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Canvas Band
  • Round watch featuring blue dial with day/date windows at 3...
  • 37 mm stainless steel case with Hardlex dial window
  • Automatic self-wind movement with analog display. Case Back:...
  • Canvas band with buckle closure. Case thickness: 11 mm
  • Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes...

Although it's not often called a pilot watch, this Seiko 5 has all the marks we expect from one. the minute marks on the outside, the upward arrow at 12 o'clock, and the sharp, contrasting dial/marker colors

The Seiko 5 line is a benchmark for quality, dependability, and affordability. beloved by watch wearers around. With such a watch, you may get a lot for your money: day/date, hardlex crystal glass, and an automatic mechanism. 

  • Automatic Seiko movement
  • Scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal
  • Day/Date feature at 3 o'clock
  • Canvas band and stainless steel case
  • 30m of water resistance
  • Size of case: 37 x 11 mm

A Viking Modern Style

8. AVIATOR Invicta 17204

Invicta Men's 17204 AVIATOR Analog Display Japanese Quartz Silver Watch
  • Round watch featuring tachymeter and compass on inner bezel,...
  • Case Size: 48mm, Case Material: stainless steel case with...
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display
  • Stainless steel bracelet with fold-over clasp
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for...

The requirements of the contemporary aviator changed as flying became more complicated. The watches followed suit, providing even more ways to calculate quantities such as direction, speed, and a vast array of others.

With its three sub-dial chronometer, huge push buttons above and below the crown, and tachymeter around the bezel, this Invicta Aviator is typical of such timepieces.

The qualities of this watch are enhanced by the addition of a compass ring on the dial's very edge.

Both a black/red and a blue/gold/red version are available.

  • Quartz mechanism made in Japan
  • Mineral That Resists Scratching
  • Date feature, Chronometer, Tachymeter, Compass
  • Case and bracelet made of stainless steel
  • 100m water resistance
  • Size of case: 48 x 16 mm

9. Pilot of a Seiko Flightmaster (SND255 & SND253)

Seiko Men's SND255P1 Flightmaster Pilot Slide Rule Chronograph Watch
  • IF #ItemCategory.Description#=”Seiko”...
  • "US-Trader: Delivery timeframe to USA/AU/JP is 10 business days."
  • Additional Information: Chronograph Function
    Analog Stopwatch...
  • "Package and Content: Box received may not be the same as the one...

A well-known aviator watch, the Seiko Flightmaster has more calculating options on the bezel than any other watch I've seen. Including a compass, sliderule outer ring, three-dial chronograph, and more.

With its striking blue dial, bright hands, red second hand, and brushed stainless steel casing, it stands out from the crowd.

Nothing comparable to the Flightmaster is available on the market at this price.

  • Quartz mechanism made in Japan
  • Mineral That Resists Scratching
  • Date feature, Chronometer, Tachymeter, Compass
  • Case and bracelet made of stainless steel
  • 100m water resistance
  • Size of case: 41 x 10 mm

10. Men’s Edifice by Casio EF527D-1AV

Casio EF527D-1AV Mens Edifice Chronograph Watch
  • Comfort, style, and intelligence all come together in this...
  • Smaller rounded band segments allow its solid stainless steel...
  • 1/20 second chronograph (measuring capacity: 11:59'59.95";...
  • Water resistant to 100M
  • Date display

The Edifice line from Casio features a model that resembles the Flightmaster in terms of appearance. This watch is even more distinctive since the crown is located on the left side, which is quite rare.

Overall, at 45mm, this watch is somewhat bigger than the Seiko, which may be more comfortable for certain individuals with broader wrists.

  • Quartz mechanism
  • Date feature, Speed, Fuel, Chronometer
  • Case and bracelet made of stainless steel
  • 100m water resistance
  • 45.5mm case size

11. EcoDrive Promaster Nighthawk by Citizen

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Nighthawk Men's Watch, Stainless Steel with Leather Strap, Blue
  • The Blue Angels are the Navy's elite flight demonstration...
  • A watch powered by any light with Eco-Drive Technology featuring...
  • Dual Time (Second Time Zone), Date
  • Two-Tone Stainless Steel
  • Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal

The aviator watch has been given a special twist by Citizen, and I believe it looks fantastic.

It features a complicated calculation type sliding bezel, similar to the flightmaster design above, but the hour/minute component of the watch is still plainly visible in the central ring.

The inner area has a Date feature of course, but also a dual-time GMT capability on the left hand side.

  • Solar-powered eco-drive movement
  • Sliding bezel, GMT dual-time, Date feature
  • Case and bracelet made of stainless steel with safety clasp
  • 200-meter water resistance
  • Size of case: 42 x 13 mm

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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