The Co-Pilot Watch recalls an era of aerial bravery that will never be forgotten.
Soaring over English skies in 1940, Royal Air Force pilots knew they were all that stood between the British people below and the impending Nazi invasion. Day after day, these brave men took their Hurricanes and Spitfires to the air, relying on nothing and no one but their instruments and each other, to engage the invaders, defend their countrymen, and change the course of history by handing Hitler his first defeat of World War II.
“Never, in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few,” said Winston Churchill.
The Co-Pilot Men’s Watch is inspired by what was accomplished in the Battle of Britain. This classic aviation-style watch is not for the faint of heart. It features markings to calculate velocity, and a stylish sepia-toned dial carrying three classic complications: 24-hour at 3 o’clock and chronograph 60-minute at 9 o’clock. The Co-Pilot’s look is completed by a vintage-style distressed brown leather strap.
Those brave pilots flew solo, but their instruments were invaluable. It’s where they looked for confirmation, what they relied on when in trouble. We want our Co-Pilot Men’s Watch to fulfill that role for you, and that’s why we’ve priced it at a low-flying price for a high-flying timepiece.
- Japanese Precision Movement
- Stainless Steel case, caseback, & crown
- 40mm Case Diameter
- 12mm Case Thickness
- 20mm Band Width
- Distressed leather band in brown
- 24 hour dial
- Mineral Crystal
- Battery type:SR927SW
- fits up to 8 1/2" wrist
Co-Pilot Watch Review
Very nice watch. This has a functioning, bi-directional slide rule bezel, and the basic calculations I've done with it seem pretty accurate for a watch of this price.
The second hand for the stopwatch is the long, centrally mounted second hand, which I prefer, not one of the subdials, like with some cheaper watches. And, when you reset the stopwatch, the minute and second hands quickly return to zero without needing to spin round and round.
When I tap on the crystal with my finger, it feels substantial, not cheap or "plasticky."
The specs say it has 40mm diameter case, but it "wears" bigger, maybe due to the fact that the metal bezel is so thin, so that the crystal takes up most of the viewing area of the watch, and everything inside the crystal is a similar color. To me, it looks a nice size on the wrist.
The only cons are that it doesn't have the date, and the stopwatch second hand is slightly "wobbly", but not enough to make it difficult to read the value it is pointi
Altamonte Springs, FL
BEAUTIFUL WATCH. LARGE FACE FAIRLY EASY TO USE. ONE DRAWBACK IS THE 24 HR. HAND DOESN'T KEEP LAPS TIME IN HOURS. IT ONLY MATCHES THE PRESENT TIME. IE. 10:00 PM STANDERED TIME SHOWS UP AS 22;00 HOURS. OTHERWISE A VERY BEAUTIFUL TIME PIECE. WORTH THE MONEY.
Tachymeter Instructions Missing
This is a lovely watch, and I plan on purchasing one as soon as they come back in stock. I had asked customer service how the Tachymeter function worked (the outer movable bezel and adjacent rings), as there are no instructions for that. I have since researched this and have provided them with a document I drafted that outlines how to do time, distance and rate of speed calculations with the watch. I can't wait to lay hands on my own version of this watch, and add it to my extensive collection of other Stauer wristwatches.
This watch was out of stock for almost a month; but it was worth the wait!
The dial just screams vintage chronograph!The attention to detail is amazing. The quartz movement is very accurate and easy to use...
One of my all time favorite Stauer timepieces!It wears a little large on my wrist, but it doesn't matter; I never get tired of looking at quality and value in a great watch!
Cool, hip, stylish and very retro. Very pleased with this watch.
Los Angeles, CA
Co-Pilot Watch Review
A very attractive and cool watch reminiscent of what the old aviators wore. However, the bezel DOES NOT MOVE allowing for the functions and calculations it looks like it's capable of. This let me down some, as I am a pilot and it would have been cool if it was capable of calculations. None the less, a cool watch.
The bezel does move!
Thomas, I'm not sure what is happening with your watch, but this bezel does rotate, and it is a functioning bi-directional slide rule. I do remember that it was pretty stiff when I first got the watch and it did require some effort to get it going, but after turning it a few times, it loosened up a bit.
Altamonte Springs, FL
The bezel does rotate
(This submission supercedes the reply that I just submitted -- please use this one instead)
Thomas, I'm not sure what is going on with your watch, but unless the manufacturer made a running change to the design of this watch, the bezel does rotate, and it is a bidirectional slide rule.
I do remember that when I first got the watch, the bezel was kind of stiff, but after I turned it a few times, it loosened up a bit.
Altamonte Springs, FL
The co-pilot just arrived. Nice. Don't panic, there is no second sweep, after removing the plastic retainer on the crown and pressing it in, the watch is running. Reset the sweep timer if it does not return exactly to zero, the directions do explain how. Now, how to use the functions for which the watch was intended? If, like me, you are old enough to have used a slide-rule, this will be easy. If not, just take the time and it will become easy. The best explanation of this type of watch is the Breitling video at:
I already have a couple of good watches but my wife thought this would be interesting. I am impressed for the price. It looks vintage and so far has worked perfectly. The bezel DOES move but is very tight, which is fine by me. I need the instructions on how to use the "slide rule" but since my daughter-in-law has a masters in math, I bet she can tell me. Seems to be a high quality watch,again for the price point and I look forward to wearing it. I do wish the numbers were luminous which is the only reason it is not getting five stars from me.
PRO-A very handsome retro style timepiece, wears well and keeps good time.
CON- The hands do NOT glow in the dark so you can't tell time at nite (as in a dark cockpit?)
The band design is very weak at the pins, mine ripped out in 3 weeks.However the customer service lady is very personable and is shipping me out a new band ASAP.
Just received the co-pilot watch today and it did not disappoint. So much attention to detail, a kind of detail that takes you back many years ago. It’s the kind of attention other watch companies should be taking notes on. This will be the third Stauer watch I own (hybrid sport and midnight flyboy) and I will keep the collection growing. Thank you Stauer and keep up the great work!
Desert Hot Springs
The Stauer Co-Pilot has kept time flawlessly since I received my watch in early Spring. I work with an historical aviation magazine and have been looking for the right vintage aviation-themed watch at the right price for several years. The Co-Pilot exceeded my expectations. Reminiscent of the chronograhs from WWII, this watch definitely evokes a vintage RAF feel. The watch is larger, heavier, and more detailed in person than what I expected from any photos. The distressed leather strap is a fine compliment for this sturdy timepiece. As others have mentioned, instructions for utilizing the Co-Pilot’s other functions were somewhat lacking. Thank you to other reviewers for providing tips and directions. This watch may be well suited for the pilot of a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX but I find its great for the office as well.