Pilot watches not only look cool, but they're handy when in the air. One of the most famous is the Seiko Flightmaster SnA411, and we took the ultimate look at it below.
The SNA411 is a pretty cool watch, but before we get into the good stuff, it’s only right that we look at its specs.
You might be intimidated by its dial. There’s a multitude of rings, each with their own function. From a distance, reading the SNA41 is hard. Don't be afraid to get up close and personal.
There are large, circular markers. Around them is a ring with the minutes passed. The circles are full of LumiBrite; you’ll be able to tell the time in the dimmest settings.
In the 3 o’clock position, there is a date window. It's easy to read.
You’re getting 3 sub-dials. Two of them are chronographs. They let you measure up to 60 minutes and 1/5th of a second.
There's a slide rule bezel - it helps with calculations and unit conversions. Whether you're a pilot or not, you'd agree that it adds a cool design element.
The model rocks a black dial, with its hands being off-white. There’s a pop of colour with the bright yellow on its the second hand.
The chronograph watch has Hardlex as its crystal. It is Seiko’s version of mineral glass and is the more scratch resistant crystal. It’s engineered to be shatter-resistant after all.
You're looking at a quartz chronograph watch. The brand Seiko is a fan of adding the mechanism in their series. To be more specific, it houses the calibre 7t62. It allows the center chronograph to tick 5 times per second.
There is an alarm. It functions as a dial that can track the time in a separate time zone too. This is pretty handy when flying.
Any watch enthusiast would tell you that quartz mechanisms are more accurate than mechanical counterparts. They have the less parts, so there's less room for error.
Considering the content discussed in our review, the Seiko SNA411 is a great watch. It's a flight chronograph that looks and feels expensive - its watch price isn't that bad either. But we took a look at equally superb options below. Read ahead.
Resistance RatingLike the Seiko SNA411, it can handle considerable depths underwater. That being said, it's not as resistant as it. Its rating falls a bit short at 330 feet (100 meters) . Similar to it, the company advises to not dive with it on.
Case & StrapIt's made from stainless steel. Its face isn’t that large - its case measures 1.61 inches (41 mm) across. You're getting a thickness of 0.39 inches (10 mm). It's thin, so it looks chic.
DialThe dial is a stunning blue. It has cylindrical markers that replace numerals. In the 3 o’clock position, there's a calendar, but it only reads the day’s date.
MovementThe SND houses a Japanese quartz movement. Instead of the caliber 7T62, the 7T92 is present. It allows for a chronograph that reads to 1/20th of a second. We're happy to say that italso comes with an alarm function.
It has good water resistance. But it still pales in comparison to its counterpart. You'll only be able to go 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. Considering its resistance rating, diving won't be possible.
There's a screwed-down crown and sealed back. You don't have to worry about water getting inside.
Of course, it's made from stainless steel. This not only makes it corrosion resistant, but it'll also be superbly water proof.
Case & Strap
The unit comes with a stainless steel bracelet. Unlike its alternative, it is made from 3 links. Attached to it is a deployment clasp.
Its case is on the smaller side. It measures 1.57 inches (40 mm) across. If you have a smaller wrist, the SSB031 would be ideal.
It’s not too thick either. It comes in at 0.43 inches (11 mm), which is moderately thin.
There's a tachymeter on its bezel. Spoiler alert, one of its features is a chronograph. You can use the tachymeter along with it to read the speed and distance between points.
If you're wondering about its crystal hardlex is present. As mentioned, it can handle a beating. But it's not the strongest glass around, that crown goes to sapphire.
Its face is completely black, with rectangular markings that replace Arabic numerals. They’re large and full of lume. The seconds' hand is red, with red accents also in the North, South, East and West positions.
There are 3 sub-dials. All three of them are chronographs. One of them reads up to 60 minutes, the other 60 seconds and the third one, 1/10th of a second.
There’s an outer ring that tells you the minutes passed.
It rocks a Quartz movement. Instead of the caliber 7T62, the 6T63 mechanism is housed. Like the SNA411, its chronograph ticks 5 times per second.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with an alarm function.
Resistance RatingThe model can handle 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. With such a water resistance, diving won't be possible.
Case & StrapAs mentioned, it's big. Its case stretches 1.79 inches (45.5 mm) across. If you have a smaller wrists, you'll still be able to wear it. It's just that it'll look awkward on you. Attached to its strap is a durable deployant clasp.
DialIts face is a pitch black. Its markers are white, so they pop. Its seconds' hand is a deep red - you'll be able to spot it from across the room.
MovementIn terms of its movement quartz is by your side. What's great is that the unit is solar powered. All kinds of light sources power it. Other than this, not much information is known.
What did you think about our review? The tool watch has a functional slide rule bezel, thorough chronograph functionality, and a chronograph alarm. The fact that it’s durable and has an accurate Japanese Quartz movement makes it an even more tempting purchase.
That being said, the alternatives are great and all watch enthusiast approved; they're also within the same price range as the Seiko SNA411. From the assortment, we think the SND255P1 is the best. It looks the chicest from the other items discussed.
If you're not going to pick the pilots piece up, use the content we discussed to snag an equally decent unit.