Aviator watches are the confident man’s timepiece of choice: They have a subdued masculine style and rugged good looks that are right at home in the dressed-down offices of today. These five watches run the gamut from solar powered to status statement.
1. Have a Ball
Tritium gas tubes offer perpetual illumination in low-light conditions. The canvas strap embodies understated masculine cool.
Ball Engineer Master II, $1,890
2. The Ion Has It
This low-key military-inspired field watch is outfitted with a sleek black ion-plated case.
Szanto 1005, $225
3. Super Fly
This impressive model from Breitling celebrates 30 years of the company’s pilot chronograph.
Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne, $8,030
4. Sun God
Oversize numbers and a solar-powered battery make this watch practical and tactical.
Seiko Core Solar, $195
5. Flight Plan
An elegant automatic watch that channels the timeless romance of flight.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot, $1,800
This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Playboy.