Best Pilot Watch Under $500

When it comes to pilot watch, there's only one criterion in determining the best: How practical it is.

Manufacturers produce an endless stream of varieties. Every supplier online showcases pilot watches from luxury brands. These sell for thousands of dollars, with companies forgetting that there are plenty at price points in between.

These timepieces not only speak to fashion but also lifestyle and piloting activities (which is the focus of our article). They look outstanding, but the price is prohibitive. Not everyone can afford a price point of over $1,000.

That’s why here we’ll look at some of the world's best pilot watches under $500.

Traditionally, the best pilot watch has some distinct features that address the pilot's needs. These might include seeing the numbers quickly under any weather conditions, an extra bezel marking for calculations, and dual time features that allow the pilot to track different time zones conveniently.

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Native | White Dial - Brown Leather - 32mm / Silver
32mm 36mm 40mm
Native | White Dial - Brown Leather
$184.00
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Native | White Dial - Mesh - Silver
Swatch r
32mm 36mm 40mm
Native | White Dial - Silver
$194.00
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Native | White Dial - Mesh - Rose Gold
Swatch d
32mm 36mm 40mm
Native | White Dial - Rose Gold
$194.00
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Native | White Dial - Mesh - Gun Metal
Swatch l
32mm 36mm 40mm
Native | White Dial - Gun Metal
$210.00
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Native | White Dial - Mesh - Gold
Swatch d
32mm 36mm 40mm
Native | White Dial - Gold
$194.00
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Philosopher - Brown Leather - 36mm / Silver
36mm 40mm
Philosopher - Brown Leather
$209.00
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Philosopher - Mesh - Silver
Swatch r
36mm 40mm
Philosopher - Silver
$219.00
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Philosopher - Mesh - Rose Gold
Swatch d
36mm 40mm
Philosopher - Rose Gold
$219.00
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Philosopher - Mesh - Gun Metal
Swatch l
36mm 40mm
Philosopher - Gun Metal
$219.00
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Philosopher - Mesh - Gold
Swatch d
36mm 40mm
Philosopher - Gold
$219.00
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Native | White Dial - Black Leather - 32mm / Silver
32mm 36mm 40mm
Native | White Dial - Black Leather
$184.00

Other features might include altimeters, compasses, chronographs, and slide rules that will enable pilots to measure calculations with ease. It’s this array of features that make an aviator’s watch quite pricey.

Finding affordable pilot watch prices is extremely difficult.

That’s why we’ve taken a close look at our range. These models aren’t traditional aviation watches in terms of features. You wouldn’t get a full-featured option under 200 or even 500 dollars.

Our models are the same in terms of classic styling, precision, and quality. They’re priced under $500 without looking cheap. They’re the creations of Jakob Wagner, the top Scandi designer.

Each model is the epitome of the Scandinavian concept of Hygge.

What is Hygge?

Hygge’s quite a far-reaching concept. It entails bringing more contentment into your life by simplifying. Our watches embrace the simplicity of design that is the trademark of this concept. Danish watch brands have fully embraced this concept. 

Nordgreen's Selection of Pilot Models

At Nordreens, we made a choice early on – quality or features. In true aviator style, we chose quality above an extensive range of features.

Our watches don’t have all the bells and whistles, but they work flawlessly. With our high-quality options, you’ll never be late for your flight again.

We craft each wristwatch in our range to provide you with the best quality at fair prices.

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The Pioneer

Nordgreens focuses on simple styling and flawless design. Our Pioneer model is part of our premier range and has the classic elegance of an aviator’s watch.  It was designed around the classic chronograph but offered a more pared down look.

There are two dials on the face – the second’s hand and the stopwatch.

Unlike our other models, the dial here comes in one size only. It’s a bold 42mm and perfect for making a style statement. We don't offer smaller sizes in this model because it would look cramped. We do provide other customizations.

The Philosopher

The Philosopher offers a more pared-down style than the Pioneer. It doesn't have inset dials. What it does have is the date and a third hand to count away the seconds. The hours and minutes are marked too. That makes it easy to stay on track during any pre-flight checks. 

The Native

Don’t like the chronograph look? Want a pilot-quality watch without all the fussy features? Then the Native might suit you better. Only the hours are marked on the dial, so it’s the perfect minimalist option.  

The Infinity

Want something that offers the clean lines of the Native and the extra detailing of the Philosopher? The Infinity has the hours and minutes marked. It doesn't have the date on the dial or a second hand. The overall design is cleaner because there are no lugs.

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