An arresting combination of presence and practicality, the pilot’s watch has been a must-have from the moment that fellas began to strap timepieces around their wrists. Highly functional, robust and legible, and often with a crown large enough to be wound while fastened to the arm, the flieger(as it’s been known since before World War II) has evolved its own striking design language and, whether stripped-down simple or technical and complex, invariably makes a statement about its wearer.

No matter that 1A may be the closest you’ll ever get to the captain’s left-hand seat, you’ll definitely look the part in any one of these five picks.