Watch for IFR

Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by mryan75, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. mryan75

    mryan75 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2014
    Messages:
    859
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    mryan75
    Hi guys,

    So you see a lot of "aviator" watches available that are clearly not for aviators. Do you have recommendations for a good watch? It's for flying IFR. The first thing it obviously needs is a stopwatch. And I prefer digital, just because I think that would be easier.

    I kind of like this one:

    https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/g-shock-altimeter-watch.html

    Barometer, compass, altimeter, easy stopwatch function. But I'm open to suggestion, having no experience with such a watch

    Any recommendations would be appreciated!
     
  2. champ driver

    champ driver Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2014
    Messages:
    687
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Champ driver
    You know the old saying, "big watch, little d**k".
     
    Bobanna and denverpilot like this.
  3. mryan75

    mryan75 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2014
    Messages:
    859
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    mryan75
    That was a huge help. Thanks.
     
  4. Ryanb

    Ryanb Final Approach PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2010
    Messages:
    9,806
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Ryan
    An EFB with ForeFlight has all of those functions.
     
  5. jordane93

    jordane93 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    9,018
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Jordan
    Do you really need all the functions of the watch or do you mostly just want a timer? Most of that other stuff is just gimmicky. If you do want a watch with those functions maybe check out the Garmin D2 watch.
     
  6. Zeldman

    Zeldman Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2014
    Messages:
    11,136
    Location:
    NM or the emergency room...
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Billy
    For what it is worth, I use my cell phone for a watch.

    And when I did wear a watch, it was $19.95 special from Walmart that had 24 hour face, day and date. I preferred an analog watch, no special reason other than that is what I like.

    A guy I worked with had a watch that had many aviation functions and would give the temperature. Funny, everywhere he went the temp was 98.6.....
     
    mryan75, mcdewey and Bobanna like this.
  7. champ driver

    champ driver Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2014
    Messages:
    687
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Champ driver
    1. You're welcome, I wasn't the only one thinking of it, I was just the first to say it out loud.
    2. It was a joke, nothing personal.
     
    Bobanna and Ryanb like this.
  8. denverpilot

    denverpilot Taxi to Parking

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2009
    Messages:
    49,508
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    DenverPilot
    Anything that keeps time in a way you find easy to use. Nothing else on a watch has ever come in any more useful than that in IFR flying.

    If ForeFlight’s Apple Watch integration included turn warnings and missed approach point warnings it might be worth the mega-bucks for it, but it doesn’t.

    So, Mr. $5 Casio it is.
     
    Shepherd, mryan75 and Bobanna like this.
  9. Unit74

    Unit74 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2014
    Messages:
    6,245
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Unit74
    Timex Casio el cheapo.... big watch wearing folk are not interested in telling time. They want to you see their watch and think they are important.

    Half a pound of gold, brass, stainless silver on your wrist doesn’t tell time any better than a $5 Walmart special.
     
  10. sourdough44

    sourdough44 Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2011
    Messages:
    1,614
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    WI Flyer
    You can get an aviation themed watch, no worries. I guess a Zulu time secondary may be somewhat helpful, other than that I can see much how a watch would help, besides regular time.

    As posted, flight apps have Zulu time, countdown timers & the like. The watch is more for being on time to meet cousin Eddy after the flight.
     
  11. donjohnston

    donjohnston Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2013
    Messages:
    656
    Location:
    Panama City, FL
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Don
    mryan75 and denverpilot like this.
  12. The-Flying-Lawyer

    The-Flying-Lawyer Pre-Flight

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2014
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    Omaha, NE
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    TFL
    If you're thinking about jumping into a smart watch, I'd just recommend one with physical buttons you can assign as hotkeys. My Fossil Gen 4 has two of them, one of which is the stopwatch "app".
     
  13. Brad Z

    Brad Z En-Route

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,818
    Location:
    Alexandria VA
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Brad Z
    Before I replaced it with my Apple Watch, I liked my Casio G-shock with atomic clock updates. The only real features that a pilot watch should have is a quick glance at Zulu time and timer.

    I found the pilot watches with circular slide rules to be unnecessary for flying (although they are helpful for quick currency conversions overseas).
     
    denverpilot likes this.
  14. asicer

    asicer En-Route

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2015
    Messages:
    4,027
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    asicer
    I kind of like this one

    [​IMG]
     
    mcdewey, swingwing and denverpilot like this.
  15. NordicDave

    NordicDave Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2015
    Messages:
    824
    Location:
    San Jose
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    NordicDave
    DIY one of these for the dash:

    [​IMG]
     
    Zeldman and denverpilot like this.
  16. Pugs

    Pugs Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2018
    Messages:
    130
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Pugs
    Anything with a sweep hand - It can be a stopwatch but leave it running when flying so with your hands full you can glance at it to start your timing for a procedure turn or whatever. I'm a visual guy and find it much easier to look at the hand, see it at 20 seconds and think 360 degrees of rotation.

    But, I wear an Omega Speedmaster so I also get to play like I'm timing a lunar orbit burn and not a holding turn. :p

    I always think about starting the digital clock in the plane, I just never seem to get to it!:D
     
  17. Geosync

    Geosync Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Messages:
    11
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Geosync
    I have a Citizen Ecodrive Nighthawk with a cool bezel...that I never use. Just go all around classy, like an Omega Speedmaster, and use other easy to see tools for actual flying.
     
  18. Weekend Warrior

    Weekend Warrior Pre-Flight

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2019
    Messages:
    50
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Mr T
    Am I the only one that reads the OP's headline as, "Watch OUT for IFR" ?
     
    Shepherd, Zeldman and texasclouds like this.
  19. Piperonca

    Piperonca Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    210
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Piperonca
    You’re not alone. I’m thinking IFR may be just around the corner.
     
    Weekend Warrior likes this.
  20. Timbeck2

    Timbeck2 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2015
    Messages:
    6,382
    Location:
    Vail, Arizona
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Timbeck2
    nope, me too
     
    Weekend Warrior likes this.
  21. Piperonca

    Piperonca Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    210
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Piperonca
    Check out these inexpensive, simple Timex watches. They pretty much alike, including UTC on upper right button, and a front button for stopwatch with lap timer. This is deceptively useful, because you can invert the display to have the lap time in a larger font, on top of the total time. They're ideal for timing non-precision approaches, elapsed time for crude navigation, or procedure turns. Price is right, too.

    I tried the Casios but none of them have a similar timer function, strangely.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YTYFN28/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_i_c_oBbvDb84PZ25C

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K6PISW/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_i_c_BObvDbWW3VK4X
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
  22. steingar

    steingar Taxi to Parking

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    25,745
    Location:
    Land of Savages
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    steingar
    The best watch tells time and does little else. You can get a quartz or solid state movement with a seconds indicator that will be accurate so long as it has power, that's what you should use to flying. Watches with all sorts of dials and gizmos are just confusing in a pinch.
     
    Bobanna likes this.
  23. Piperonca

    Piperonca Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    210
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Piperonca
    Here's a good IFR watch: https://www.rolex.com/watches/gmt-master-ii.html

    I flew many years with an older GMT. Kept the bezel on Zulu which was handy. Used that great big second hand to time procedure turns. Popular watch for aviation unit commanders in Vietnam. They would buy them in Hong Kong on R&R, usually a couple hundred bucks. Now you can barely get one serviced for an AMU.
     
  24. mryan75

    mryan75 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2014
    Messages:
    859
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    mryan75
    Absolutely PERFECT. Thank you! I should have been more "pacific", guys. I have my IR ride coming up and I want a watch so that I don't have to mess with a kitchen timer, or deal with it if he "fails" my ipad/iphone, etc. I just want a simple solution for timing holds, VOR approaches, etc.

    Thanks everyone for taking the time.
     
    Piperonca likes this.
  25. Warlock

    Warlock Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2013
    Messages:
    972
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Warlock
    Get a Casio retro calculator watch...just like all us cool gun guys did in the 80's...we could figure out weight and balance when we took on fuel and ammo...also you must wear it in the inside of the wrist so when you look at it on your left hand you don't roll off the throttle...
     
    Piperonca likes this.
  26. Piperonca

    Piperonca Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    210
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Piperonca
    LOL, I just now got it!
     
    mryan75 likes this.
  27. mryan75

    mryan75 Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2014
    Messages:
    859
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    mryan75
  28. Piperonca

    Piperonca Pre-takeoff checklist

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2015
    Messages:
    210
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Piperonca
    Even better. I misspoke earlier about the dual time zone button location. Slightly different arrangement on the new ones from my vintage Timex. But you should be able to set Zulu to default just by holding down a particular button.

    You will like that large display. Most readable of all watches, IMHO. Still moderately priced so you can't lose.