Wrist Watches For Men-Part 2- Different Watches For Different Need’s

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This is my second post about different types of wrist watches for men. In my first post I talked about, dive watches, Hunting Watches, Fitness Watches, And Dress Watches.

In this post I will talk about Pilot/Aviator Watches, Racing Watches, Smart Watches, And Field Watches.

(This is not a review on the watches I have pictures of, they are only here to show what the types look like.)

Let’s Fly.

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This is a Pilot/Aviator watch, and as you can see in the picture, it is a lot going on there. When you hear pilot watch you probably picture something more simple looking, just black face with big white letters, and those that look like that is more retro and was made for fighter pilots. This one in the picture is a more modern version, for commercial pilots. But I will get more into all that.

Let’s start with a brief history of the pilot watch, this will help make more sense of everything in the watch face there.

The very first pilot watch was made not long after the Wright brothers made the first functional airplane, but it was a slow development from there and until the second world war, most pilots up until then usually just used a field watch with big numbers. During the war the Germans developed a new pilot watch, it was very big, case diameter was 55millimeter, it had a black face with big white numbers, and luminescent hands so it should be very easy to see.

It has evolved a lot sins then, and with more functions for a commercial pilot. And we will get into them now!

The first thing we will look at here is the Rotary Slide Rule Bezel. This thing is very complicated, but if you learn to use it, it can be very helpful. In very short description, it is a fancy scientific calculator, this bezel is basically 2 rings with number on, you can turn the bezel on the outside to do math, but that’s not all, it also has compass markings on it, but it is not a compass so I guess you need a map to use them, there are also marks on the bezel that say kilos/liters/fuel lbs/kilometer, and many more, you can use this to calculate for example how many miles is 20 kilometers and gallons to liters and so on.

There is also a tachymeter which is meant to be used together with the chronometer and so, of course, it has a chronometer as well, a chronometer is those three small watches inside the face of your watch, one counts seconds, and one count minutes, and one is an alarm. you can start and stop them at will.

So that it for the pilot/aviator watch. The most popular design is the simple one with just a black face and big white numbers, But the other one has many functions that can be very helpful if you bother to learn how to use it.

Let’s Race!

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The racing watch came to us in 1902(i think) and (i think) Rolex was the one that started it,(i say * I think* here because in my research I found a few different histories, but I found this version most often.) It started with a race on a beach in Daytona in Florida. A racer broke the land speed record there 4 times and he was wearing a Rolex Oyster. Rolex used this fact to create the Rolex Daytona which is one the most iconic race watches today.

What defines a race watch? A racing watch has a chronometer and a tachymeter, which I mentioned in the pilot watch. Unlike field and diver and pilot watches, this does not have a military origin, so they could go a little more crazy with color and styles.

As you can see in the picture above, this watch has a Ferrari logo and the chronometer look like the dashboard in a car, the band looks like a tire, it has a stripe on the band, stripes are very common on race watches, it makes them look fast in a way, just like stripes on a racing car makes it look fast as well. This is just an example of what a typical race watch looks like.

If you like to wear a lot of colors, a race watch might be for you, the looks on race watches can vary a lot, so it can be easier than other types to find one that can match your outfit if you wear a lot of colors.


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As you all know a smartwatch is basically a small computer in a watch case.

Most of the stuff you can do on a smartwatch, you can also do on a smartphone. I think the only thing a smartwatch has that a normal smartphone don’t, is a heart rate monitor. So why would you get a smartwatch when you have a smartphone?

There are a few small reasons. For example the watch is a lot smaller than a phone and it is stuck on your wrist all the time, and this can make a few functions more comfortable than on a phone, you can listen to music from your watch, and when you want to change songs or something you don’t need to take your phone up every time, you can also call and text with it when connected to your phone so again you don’t need to take out your phone to see who is calling or what a text says, The GPS is also more comfortable to use. When I walk around in a city and try to find something I feel a little silly walking around, holding my phone up in front of me and try to follow it without walking in to stuff in the way, so a small watch is easier to use, you can walk around taking small peeks at your watch every now and then. you can also change to look of the face on the watch which I think is pretty cool.

The heart rate monitor is usually not very accurate on smartwatches, you need more of a professional fitness watch for that, but it can still be helpful in some cases.

Why I would never buy a smartwatch!

I consider my self as a watch enthusiast, and when I buy watches I want great quality watches that can last a lifetime, a smartwatch will go out-of-date just as fast as a smartphone, and so you would keep buying new ones to have the latest tech inside and when a smartwatch gets a little older it will become slower and the value will go way down, so if I bought 2 watches for maybe $500 one of them was a smartwatch. If I tried to sell them again after 2-3 years the smartwatch would be almost worthless while the other watch could still be almost as valuable as when it was new.

Field watch!

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The field watch was invented during the first world war, and it is also the first wristwatch.

When the military was in the field it would some times take to long to look at a pocket watch, so the military put a band on the pocket watch and wore it on their wrist. They soon evolved to become smaller than a pocket watch so it would be more comfortable and way more shock resistant and waterproof. And later they could push the crown on the watch to synchronize them easily.

The field watch spread to the common people and that was the death of the pocket watch. The filed watch today don’t really have any special functions. Some of them can come with a chronometer, but they are most known for being pretty solid and are maybe the most popular style for everyday use.


I hope this has helped you to figure out what kind of watch that might suit your style or needs the best. If you haven’t read part one yet, you can CLICK HERE. to read it.

Please leave a comment below, so I can know what your thoughts are and to maybe improve the article.

Have a nice day!

25 comments on “Wrist Watches For Men-Part 2- Different Watches For Different Need’s

  1. Great Article! I was wondering if you could direct me where to purchase them? That race watch was really fascinating, how much do they normally cost?

  2. This is a very interesting article. I liked learning about the history of the pilot watches. I have seen smartwatches, some of my students have them, and they are really cool. They really are like a tiny computer, it’s impressive. I’m glad I read your article though, it makes perfect sense that smartwatches will go out of style after a short while just like smartphones do. So, I’m not sure which watch would be best for me. Maybe a field watch?

  3. Hi, pretty cool article. I have never seen a watch with as much going on as the pilot watch. That thing looks like it is smart enough to do your calculus for you.  Too bad I didn’t have that in high-school. Aside from the ladies loving that you are pilot, I am not sure if it is my favorite for fashionably. Then again I am not wearing a pilot uniform.

    I had no idea they even had such  thing, let alone they have been around for so long. 

    I love the idea of a smart watch. but like you said, it will go out of date within a few years. Soon enough our phones will be able to cook us breakfast in bed with how fast technology is going. That will be nice. Then our watches and phones can drive us to work and get us promoted.

    Then they will go out of date and be worthless lol.

    Great article and cool website, thanks very much,

  4. Certainly there can be different needs that call for different wrist watches. I see that the pilot watch definitely has a lot going on with all those bells and whistles. I appreciate you providing a little background information on the pilot watch. Being able to convert kilometers to miles and gallons to liters without the use of a cell phone can be invaluable for such an individual. With the race watch I see that it is capable of having such a sleek design and I’ve always liked the idea of a smart watch. For me though I really like the classic field watch look and I see it is a pretty popular choice. Though I don’t know any race car drivers personally I do know a few pilots who would be particularly interested in this post and I will definitely be passing your post along to them, well done!

  5. Dear Simon
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to make towards their proper understanding of watches. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,

  6. Dear Simon, Thanks for All The information. You seem to be an Subject Matter Expert in this area of the market.

    I like The Hunting Watch. I Cannot Tell You How many People Get Lost in The Mountains or while Hunting. (Including Me)

    Great Article and elegant Designed website.

    I would like to hear Your Thoughts on My Website.


  7. Hello! Thank you very much for this thorough investigation in the world of watches. I love watches. I have always loved them. I prefer them to jewelry. I loved reading about the history of the watches you introduced. I am more into men watches myself, as I think that they are more beautiful than women watches. Cheers!

  8. I love my wristwatches and just as you have pointed out here, we must all take note of having watches to suit our different needs and desires when it comes to attending to varieties of events and happenings around us. I like smart watches a lot because of the quality of input they are made on. They work almost like the perfect device that can be used for so many things altogether. They can receive and make calls and can also be used to do so many other things. I have the Apple watch series5.

  9. Wow, I never knew there was a thing like the pilot watch and learning about its quality makes its one the best watches i have seen so far. However I’m more of a race watch kind of guy and its been oen type of watch I like wearing alot. The smart watches are great as well depending of the quality of that watch and the various activity that can be done with it. Some really cool watches you have here, what is the price range for a racing watch?

  10. Wristwatches have grown beyond jut a normal thing these days, they have become the perfect complement of our fashion, our way of life and used for varieties of functions. The list here is right on because you pointed the major uses of different watches and for different purposes. Smartwatch, fieldwatch, flying watch and many more. It is advisable to get each for the purpose it is required for and if it is not possible to get them all, atleast get more than one.

  11. Hi, Simon.
    Your extension of the first article is even more exciting and helped me to take decision on my next purchase. Actually I wanted to purchase a smart watch as I have Casio Edifice since 09 years but your suggestion on its value after purchase made me to think twice . Yes you are correct, my Casio is still worth its value in its tenth year.So I buy your opinion.
    Thanks for a great article and helping me in my decision.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

  12. Watches are tools or something that helps peoples for timekeeping. From my personal view on this topic, as today’s world advances rapidly in science and technology, the most significant aspects of the provided tool are the features. So it’s the same for watches, the more capability it offers, the more it can be useful for us. Also, there are some functionalities of smartwatches provides that smartphones can’t do, such as fitness & heart tracking, but you’ve got the point there, and I couldn’t agree more about the time limits use. This article is good, as it may help people to think about which type of watches that suit them.

  13. Hi!

    You have great information, I love smart watches a lot, I feel I can use them to do a lot of things more than just watching the time so it is great tha you are doing this type of posts. I would like to know how much one could cost and the utilities so if you ever do a post like that it would be awesome if you could send it to me.


  14. It was interesting to read about how wrist watches were invented during WWI. It’s surprising that they have only been around for about 100 years. Although a smartwatch will probably never be good for a long term investment, it’s still amazing to think that they managed to get the functions of a smartphone into something  that small. 

  15. Hey Simon

    Thank for this article, I really like it because it is not only interesting, but very educative. I personally like the history about pilot watches, I have never reed about it before. Do you have a link or any idea were can get one of these pilot watches?

    And once again thank you for taking your time to write this great article

  16. Finally, you made the part 2. I must say that i am very impressed with these ones again. You do not fail to put out top-notch content on your website here. I didn’t know that there is a specific type f wristwatch that the military use for their field works. This is nice. The racing wristwatch also looks nice but the mother of them all is the smartwatch which is already becoming a part of many peoples life. Nice post you got here. 

  17. Wow, some more awesome watches for different reasons. I am thinking of getting the popular smartwatches but i think for the budget i am not right now, i would want to go for the racing watches. I didn’t know that there is anything like that. It is really very nice that you can share this. I must say that this is a very good thing. Can you please make a post of the different options of company that made race watches.

  18. Wow, this topic about Wrist watches for men is really great. I don’t know anything about men’s wrist watches, because my husband is more concerned about technology dynamics, I think he definitely likes smart watches very much. I don’t seem to see the buy link in the smartwatch mentioned in your blog, if I want to buy online Which website should I buy?

  19. I’m trying to decide between a smart watch and a field watch for my Dad for Christmas. He has a computer but no smart phone. He likes gadgets and I know if I show him how to use a smart watch I think he’d really enjoy it and play with it a lot. On the other hand, he’s a sensible guy. Simple man. I know for sure he would love a field watch. Decisions decisions. Lol. 

  20. Wow, I mean I was never a watch person, I normally don’t wear watches. Never in my life, I thought that these things have this much of a history. The post is really interesting! I didn’t know there are so many types of watches like field watches, race watches, etc. It’s really intriguing to get to know these stuff. Thank you, I enjoyed this a lot!!!

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