Watches and aviation have become synonymous with each other since the early 1900s. Back then, the closest someone came to be an actual pilot were the Wright brothers, with their history being well documented over the years. However, it wasn’t until 1906 that Alberto Santos-Dumont flew the first powered flight in Europe that transpired to the entire history of aviation watches.

Being close friends with Louis Cartier, Santos-Dumont enlisted the help of the watchmaker to create a timepiece that would made it easier to tell time without having to rely on a pocket watch. This gave birth to the world’s first aviation watch, the Cartier Santos-Dumont. Featuring its signature leather band with a curved dial in a rectangular case, the Cartier Santos-Dumont became an important part of the evolution of aviation watches.

These days, many brands carry its very own take on aviation watches, featuring the latest in haute horology. From the likes of Breitling to Bermont and IWC, the market for aviation watches has never been better. While many pilots would prefer an aviation watch, many fanatics have also taken a liking to it due to its symbolic nature, or probably because it fits their lifestyle. Be that as it may, aviation watches are not going away anytime soon.


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