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.