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    What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    The Pilot's watches and their simplicity has always enticed me, but it has never tugged at my heart enough for me to open my wallet. It is always on my short list of watches to eventually get... but something just hit me. I prefer divers as my tool watch of choice. I just have a pilot's watch on my list just so I can cross it off my list... Once I admitted this to myself, I am content with never owning the iconic pilots watch.

    I have always felt that a watch should either be a rugged tool or a smart-looking professional dress watch. I prefer that watches don't ambiguously straddle the middle area of tool and dress, like a dressy chronograph or a Rolex submariner (but this is just my personal opinion at the moment and perhaps this will change).

    That being said, I prefer a good diver to any military/pilot's watch as my tool watch of choice. A close friend of mine is saving up for his first big watch purchase - a pilot's watch, but for me, I just love the chunky bezel that comes with divers. I used to be drawn to the utilitarian philosophy of military watches, but now I find them a bit stale, sterile and lacking in personality.

    I would love to get your input, especially from those who prefer the military watch aesthetics over the dive watch.
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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    Pilot watch fan through and through. Have everything from historically correct sterile dial A's and B's, to technically advanced Damasko's (better bezels don't exist BTW). Just like with divers, not all pilot watches are the same. Actually far from it. From Stowa to Sinn, Bremont to Fortis, the variety and merits are boundless. Every bit as robust (way more so in some cases) as any diver.
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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    My tool watch preference has become the field or military watch. The big bezels and cases of divers have not had the same attraction for me. The simplicity, legibility and ruggedness of field watches check all the boxes for me. They're available from many brands at many price points, my recent favorite being the Hamilton Khaki Mechanical green dial for its list of features and gorgeous design at around $260. Perhaps these watches can be a bit sterile, but that seems like a case of if it's not broken, don't fix it. That said, I love Damasko watches and their pilot styles which aren't so different from field watches. Timeless and functional, can't go wrong.
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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    I like both. Divers and pilot watches make up the bulk of my collection. Currently I have a taste for German made pilot watches ranging from beobachtungsuhr watches to modern fliegers by Sinn and Stowa which have bidirectional countdown bezels. MY next purchase will be either another Sinn flieger or a Sinn diver. Personally I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    Divers when I'm around water, Pil/Mil when I'm not, variety gives an excuse to own both...
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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    My preference is for a hybrid of the two. A pilot watch dial with Arabic numerals and a rotating bezel. Such as:



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    As long as it has at least 100m WR I'm good. I'm not a massive fan of the typical lume blobs on divers, I prefer numbers. But rotating bezels are handy.
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    I prefer divers overall and own a few but I also enjoy the simpler military styles. In fact I would say that a couple are actually hybrids between the two.
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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    The main feature I look in a true beater is the movement; quartz. It has to be quartz. That said, I have more than one beater and it depends. For work around the house then a military or field watch because they're generally thinner than a diver. If I'm going to be in water and thin profile isn't a concern, then a diver.
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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    Pilot watches were my first love. I've sold out to divers for the most part now however :( I don't know how it happened

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    Re: What's your tool watch of choice - Diver vs Pilot/Military?

    I'm definitely partial to field watches (Hamilton Khaki Field Auto).

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