3 of the best special ops watches for an adventure ready wrist

3 of the best special ops watches for an adventure ready wrist

It goes without saying that not all watches are created equal and if you need a timepiece to keep pace with an adventurous pace of living, there are only a few that need apply. Whether you’re deployed on the front lines or part of the thin blue line, you need a watch that can tackle everything that your line of work will throw at it and, for this, only a special ops style watch will do.

Those who operate in dangerous and adventurous scenarios are regularly going to face stresses and strains that the rest of us won’t encounter day in, day out. As such, their choice of watch needs to reflect this fact and you’ll need to pick wisely to make sure your chosen wrist accessory doesn’t meet an untimely demise. Needless to say, you’ll likely have to spend a little more on a special ops watch because it needs to do more than the average watch but you get what you pay for when it comes to quality and it will undoubtedly repay you down the line.

So, you’re ready to invest in an adventure ready watch? Well, at MTM we’ve established a reputation for offering some of the very best in the business and have thousands of satisfied customers who operate in all sorts of dangerous situations and rely on the competence and performance of their timepiece. We boast a masterful collection of military watches that are both tactical and sophisticated.Take a look at 3 of our most uncompromising, top-performing special-ops watches below:


Black Predator II 


Black Predator II

$1,075 – $1,195



As soon as you see some watches, you know they’re a different beast entirely and that’s definitely a compliment that can be paid to the MTM Special Ops Black Predator II watch ($1075-1195). It can withstand service under the most uncompromising of conditions be it weather, terrain or scenario. This no-nonsense timepiece boasts three dial chronograph which is so accurate that it is capable of measuring down to one tenth of a second.

Perfect for operating in low light conditions, the dial is illuminated with tritium glowing hands that will make seeing the time at a glance in the dark much easier. It comes with either a solid 316L stainless steel or titanium watch case and/or band which guarantees its unparalleled strength and resilience in the field which makes it suitable for many years of use. The locking screw-down crown helps to protect the Special Ops Black Predator II from water damage to help its depth protection of up to 200 meters/660 feet.


Gray Silencer


GRAY Silencer




Silence might be golden but the MTM Silencer Watch ($1070) is so much more. This quality, special-ops watch is a robust, rugged digital analog timepiece that is a trademark Special Ops model and will never let you down when push comes to shove out in the field. Each one is packed to the brim with tactical functionality which means this military wristwatch has something for everybody. The digital LED display, which is brought to life by the luminous index and hands, provides an alarm, various time zones, seconds, minutes, and much more besides. Speed is of the essence when in dangerous situations and the Silencer lets you rapidly alternate between functions by deploying the water-resistant locking pushers. The MTM Silencer has features aplenty which includes an internal light-mode, up to 3-seconds per actuation for simple reading, and an external light-mode, which boasts two bright white LEDs for flashlight and emergency strobe functions in a pinch or dangerous situation where help is required. 

This top-class timepiece is properly protected by its stainless-steel case and sapphire crystal glass which are two of the most robust materials on the planet. The Silencer Watch can withstand many different environments and with so many functions available in one cool watch, it’s no wonder it’s such a popular piece with front line personnel the world over. To recharge, you just need place the watch on the included electromagnetic induction charger. Each watch comes with overcharge protection and low battery alert to make sure you know when it’s close to running on empty. Each recharge lasts for approximately 4 months under the following conditions: Starting with a full charge with one beeper alert, one vibration alert, and 20 seconds of external LED light actuation per day.


Black Patriot

MTM Black Patriot Orange Dial

Black Patriot




Immeasurably hard-wearing and battle tested, the MTM Black Patriot Watch truly is a sight to behold on any wrist and perfectly balances war-ready performance with bold, vibrant visuals. With the Orange Dial and Black Titanium Band it certainly stands out in a crowd but can be relied on whenever the battle gets heated. It can be worn confidently by combatants and patriots alike for many demanding years to come and will rapidly become one of your favorite watches in your lineup.

The MTM Black Patriot chronograph watch is no shrinking violet and positively demands to be thrust into action such is its battle-ready nature. It is a tactical and exceptionably robust military timepiece that has an eye-catching orange brass dial, subdials and a solid 316L stainless steel or titanium case that won’t let you down come rain or shine. The Black Patriot is protected with a locking screw down crown to ensure a thoroughly impressive water resistance depth of 660 feet which means it’s also ready for any underwater adventures that might be afoot for its wearer. As one of the best military watches for men on the market, the MTM Black Patriot is a classic and favorite for active duty military, veterans, police officers and firefighters alike. This supremely hard-wearing and devilishly dynamic timepiece takes its inspiration directly from the strength of all Patriots and all their freedoms. ($1100)


So, if you find yourself in need of a new special ops watch this fall, the three above will more than fit the bill and are amongst our most popular amongst serving members of the military. Robust, ready for any scenario and impeccably designed and crafted we’re rightly as proud of making these watches as you are of wearing them.

5 key characteristics to look for when investing in a special ops watch

5 key characteristics to look for when investing in a special ops watch

Tactical or special ops watches are not going to be the same in design and performance as an everyday watch that is worn for style or simple timekeeping. They need to excel in the most uncompromising of conditions and environments and, when looking to buy a timepiece of this nature, there are certain design elements that you should definitely be on the lookout for.

Special ops watches need to stand up to the frontline in a warzone or the rigors of a police officers daily beat so can’t be made of materials not fit for purpose and has to have all the right stuff both inside and out. When you find yourself in the market for a military / tactical style timepiece you need to carefully vet the available options on the market and find the right fit for your budget and profession but there are some general characteristics that you should definitely look to feature in your purchase and we’ve outlined 5of the most important below:



In most military and frontline professions, chances are you’re going to get submerged from time to time and having a watch that is ready and waiting for this type of scenario is one of the primary features to look for in a special ops watch. For those working in the military in particular a minimum water resistance is always advisable and this is usually considered to be around 10ATM. Even if contact with water is not supposed to transpire as part of the mission objectives, by default those in the army, particularly those operating on or close to the frontline need to be ready for every situation that could arise. For those in the Navy and the Marines, it might be more advisable to add a dive watch to your wrist given these types of timepieces are purpose-built for water based missions day in, day out.




You’re obviously not going to want to draw too much attention to yourself when you’re in a combat situation so any special ops watch will need to have a more understated, muted design than a watch worn for fashion. Those engaged in frontline operation will often need soldier camouflage or cover-up for their mission so a vibrantly designed timepiece isn’t going to fit the bill. Any watch that is chosen for those in the military should merely go about its work with a quiet elegance and, ideally, must be nigh-on unnoticeable because drawing an unwarranted attention could be the difference between life and death. A tactical watch will also need to look the part with the uniform being worn and you should choose the aesthetic of your timepiece in accordance with the style of uniform being worn. Due to this fact, the majority of special ops watches are normally army green, black, dark brown, black or with a camouflage design aesthetic.




It is clearly apparent that a military watch is a tool that a soldier will rely on and anything but exceptional readability whatever the scenario is not good enough. Army missions can take place at any time and in any weather conditions so having a timepiece that can handle this is essential. Having a watch that can be read instantly can be instrumental to the outcome of the mission and definitely a feature you should be looking for when purchasing a special ops watch. Typically speaking, slightly larger numbers with high contrast in the dial are what you’ll be looking for in a military-style watch.




Obviously, war-zones and the scenarios faced by police officers and firefighters are some of the toughest, most uncompromising imaginable and, as such, your choice of watch needs to reflect this and be made of durable, hard-wearing materials. Today’s military watches are some of the most impressive pieces of design on the planet and are typically made from some of the highest-calibre materials so as to be capable of standing up to anything that a hostile situation, terrain or weather condition can throw at them. Sapphire crystal glass, stainless steel casing, carbon fiber, titanium are just some of the materials that you’re likely to find to be used in the crafting of a special ops watch and when you’re looking to purchase one, make sure it is crafted from the highest quality components on the market.




Reliability in your watch is something that those in the armed forces will demand and one of the most important features for any special ops watch to possess. Without the knowledge that you can rely on your timepiece in the heat of battle or to ensure the synchronisation of attacks, for example, the battle may already be lost so that’s why it’s so important for special ops and military personnel to pick wisely when it comes to their timepiece. Automatic or manual winding timepieces might not be suited to battle scenarios as if you don’t have the opportunity to keep the mechanism wound, you’ll lose track of time and that could have dire consequences. As such quartz watches are usually more suitable for those in the armed forces. Doing away with the need to worry about winding the mechanism or generating enough movement to fuel the watch, you can concentrate on the mission in hand knowing your timepiece is delivering an accurate representation of the time.

At MTM, we are delighted to be considered one of top watchmakers for the special forces, military personnel, police officers and firefighters and that’s because they know they can rely on our timepieces when the time comes. We use nothing but the finest materials and all of our US made watches are stringently tested to make sure that they never buckle under pressure.

What are the regulations to look for when buying military or special ops watches?

What are the regulations to look for when buying military or special ops watches?

The American military and special forces are amongst some of the most exceptionally trained and bravest men and women on the planet and will have to ensure that they represent their squad with pride and precision at all times. As you would expect from such a well-oiled machine as the American military, there are plenty of regulations in place that dictate the sort of timepieces (and, indeed, other accessories) that they can possess when heading into the field. But what are these regulations and which do you need to be aware of when purchasing a new special ops watch?


Well, that’s where we come in. At MTM, we’re one of the biggest and most well-regarded American watchmakers for those in active service and we pride ourselves on offering the sort of timepieces that excel in any and every environmental condition, terrain or battle scenario. Our watches can be found on the wrists of everything from firefighters through to elite special forces operatives and this is testament to the quality of our wares. We’re only too aware that the military have a strict set of guidelines which those who enlist are expected to adhere to when wearing a watch in battle and knowing what these are will help you in deciding which is the right military watch for you.




There is a certain section of the army’s code of standards, namely section AR 670-1 to be precise, which lays out what is expected of their soldiers with regard to watches and jewellery in general. This paragraph states, “Soldiers may wear a wristwatch, a wrist religious or identification bracelet, and a total of two rings (a wedding set is considered one ring) with Army uniforms, unless prohibited by the commander for safety or health reasons. Soldiers may also wear one activity tracker, pedometer, or heart rate monitor. Any jewelry or monitors Soldiers wear while in uniform or civilian clothes on duty must be conservative. Bracelets are limited to medical alert bracelets, missing in action, prisoner of war, killed in action (black or silver color only), and religious bracelets similar in size and appearance to identification bracelets. Soldiers are authorized to wear only one item on each wrist while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. In addition to the one item (watch or identification bracelet) authorized to be worn on each wrist, Soldiers may wear an activity tracker, pedometer, or heart rate monitor.


Whilst the above does explicitly explain what is acceptable for today’s military in terms of what they can wear during active service, it doesn’t quite delve into the intricacies of watches and what is generally considered acceptable for battle. Essentially, wristwatches are allowed when in one’s uniform (unless prohibited by the commander for health/safety reasons) and, if your commanding officer does not permit wrist watches for any reason other than health/safety, then they are still not allowed.


When picking a military watch, it is implied that you should pick something that is more on the conservative / understated side because it is in keeping with the more conservative nature of the military as a whole. The guidelines found in AR 670-1 have this to say about soldiers adopting a conservative approach:


A vital ingredient of the Army’s strength and military effectiveness is the pride and self-discipline that American Soldiers bring to their Service through a conservative military image. It is the responsibility of commanders to ensure that military personnel under their command present a neat and soldierly appearance. Therefore, in the absence of specific procedures or guidelines, commanders must determine a Soldier’s compliance with standards in this regulation.


So, put simply, you need to make sure that any commanding officer is likely to approve of your choice of special ops / military watch and, in doing so, it’s wise to opt for robust, understated timepieces that don’t have any superfluous additions to their design and focus purely on delivering an unwavering performance out in the field.



What About Size & Color?


It goes without saying that watches come in all sizes and colorways but, in order to be approved by military personnel, it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution in both these design details. As a general rule of thumb (for men) in the military forces, you should actively avoid wearing watches that are either too large (larger than 50mm) because that’s frankly pretty ostentatious and will draw plenty of unwanted attention or too small (smaller than 33mm) because, at this size, they’re not really fit for purpose of being easily legible in the heat of a battle.


So far as color is concerned, it is pretty obvious that those carried out special forces missions are going to need to avoid vibrantly colored timepieces because this will catch the eye in all the wrong sorts of ways. There are no official stipulations about what color watches are acceptable for battle but there is one general assumption; namely, if it blends in GOOD, if it stands out BAD. You can use your common sense here when picking a special ops watch because you know black, grey or dark colored dials are much more likely to blend in their surroundings than a bright orange one and that’s something you should definitely think about before committing to a purchase.


Which Watch Brand?


Well, of course, we’re going to say that our special ops watches are the best fit for military personnel and they are extremely popular with armed forces the world over but we understand that those in the army have a lot of different brands to choose from when it comes to adorning their wrist for battle. Generally, some of the safest bets for military watches in terms of both aesthetics and performance are the likes of G-Shocks, Casio and Timex watches. But these are not your only choices and if you prefer to be a shepherd rather than a sheep, you’ll find plenty of great options in our lineup of military-inspired timepieces.

Whichever watch you choose when heading into the field of battle, you’ll just want to make sure that it offers reliability under pressure, a precise performance day in, day out and looks just as good on your wrist in formation as it does in the bar back home and we can safely say that all our special ops watches do exactly that here at MTM.


What type of watches do special ops personnel wear?

It’s a generally accepted fact that those who are accepted into the special forces are a rare breed indeed. Invariably the best and brightest that the armed forces have to offer, these brave men and women are in a league of their own and should always wear a timepiece which reflects their excellence.

Needless to say, Special Forces units are called upon to carry out missions in some of the most uncompromising conditions on the planet. These conditions will change dramatically depending on the sort of mission that they are carrying out and may in some cases, they may need to endure long stints away from civilized society and because of this fact, the watches worn by the Special Forces must be as robust and adventure-ready as the seasoned men and women who are relying on them during active missions.

Back during the Second World War, those in the Special Forces used to be kitted out with standard timepieces that their military superiors picked out for them but this is no longer the case and they are now free to choose the watch of their liking. Most Special Forces personnel have received sufficient training and have the in-field experience to know exactly the sort of features that they’re going to require from their chosen timepiece.

There are a few different types of watches that Special Forces operatives typically gravitate towards and we’ve outlined the main ones below with an example of an MTM watch that fits perfectly into this bracket if you’re in the special forces and in need of a new timepiece:




Special Forces will often opt for sport watches for their wrist because they are robust and ready for physical activity day in, day out. They are purpose-built to be lightweight and resistant to harsh climates and this fits in perfectly with the requirements of those in the special forces. Sport watches usually put high priority on being both water and mud resistant and typically put robustness amongst their chief characteristics. Sport watches usually boast features such as timers, alarms, activity trackers or a combination of the above.

MTM PICK: Black Predator II – The reinvented MTM Special Ops Black Predator II Watch with Blue Dial and Rubber III Band definitely sets the standard by which all others will be judged.








Analog watches are the most traditional and simple timepieces that have withstood the test of time and have a conventional dial that is both easy to read and understated. Top quality analog timepieces are designed to be incredibly robust and many of them today will have unparalleled duration of use, and in some cases, have unlimited durations of use when they are made from some of the toughest, no-nonsense materials on the market. Longevity, an understated design, and an adventure readiness are some of the main features that those in the Special Forces are on the lookout for and an analog watch can tick all these boxes and more. They are the most traditional type of watch on our list and still a favorite amongst the armed forces the world over.

MTM PICK: SILVER HYPERTEC CHRONO 2A – The MTM Silver Hypertec Chrono 2A watch is an exceptionally well-made, luxury watch built for ultimate durability. The Silver Hypertec Chrono goes through the same watchmaking procedures and materials as all of MTM’s watches and will deliver a great performance out in the field.








Another popular choice of timepiece for those in the Special Forces are what are known as hybrid watches. These are so-called because they make use of both an analog movement in conjunction with digital technology as well so they offer the best of both worlds as it were. The analog does what it says on the tin – namely, tells the time, whilst the digital components of the timepiece are there to offer additional (and often vital) information, such as calendar, alarms, timers, and even sometimes basic navigational data. A hybrid watch is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those in the Special Forces and with good reason because they can be relied upon in any scenario that is likely to unfold in the day to day rigors of battle.

MTM PICK: AIR STRYK II – The MTM Air Stryk II Watch is an elite analog-digital aviation timepiece and an update to the original MTM Air Stryk model.

Black Air Stryk II

Black Air Stryk II WATCH






Clearly, smartwatches aren’t something that Special Forces personnel would have worn traditionally but they are becoming an increasingly obvious choice for battle-hardened individuals out there. A smartwatch typically entails the use of Bluetooth enabled technology that can deliver impressive amounts of data including O2, sleep data, activity data, GPS, SOS functions, and even sometimes communication capacity. For obvious reasons, Bluetooth enabled watches are not typically permitted in highly classified areas or buildings due to their ability to record and store data. The most obvious downside of a smartwatch for special ops professionals is their often quite short battery life. Many Special Forces missions will require days or sometimes weeks out in the field and you don’t want to have to worry about the battery on your smartwatch running out. However, battery life is improving with more recently released smartwatches and many have low-power modes which can extend their lifespan considerably before recharging is required.

MTM PICK: BLACK STATUS – Connectivity and limitless potential are the stand out features of our new MTM Black Status watch with black lumi II dial and black rubber II band that is about as adventure ready and robust as they come. At MTM, we’ve made some innovative design choices and engineered our Smartwatch for live-action and all-terrain messaging that will never let you down. It is designed to allow for endless and uninterrupted streams of connectivity. 


Black status






In many scenarios, those engaged in Special Forces missions might need to head beneath the waves and into the deep blue sea. For these situations, a dive watch is a must and these will be amongst the most hard-wearing accessories on the market both on and off land so make the ideal choice for those in the Special Forces. At MTM, our dive watches are engineered to withstand extreme depths and each will be water-resistant up to 1,000 meters or 3,300 feet without worry. They have screw-down crowns with thicker rubber gaskets to allow for enhanced protection against water damage in any underwater missions afoot. In addition, the unidirectional rotating bezels give divers the ability to effortlessly track the amount of time underwater and coordinate with other members of their squad.

MTM PICK: SILVER SILENCER – Born from the endless pursuit to design and manufacture cutting edge tactical timepieces, MTM proudly presents the Silver Silencer with black nylon band.


silver silencer




Everything you wanted to know about special ops watches but were afraid to ask

Buying a military or special ops watch can be a tricky affair especially if you’re not quite sure where to start or have questions that you want answered before committing to a purchase. Luckily, here at MTM, we create military watches for both active, serving members of the military and civilians alike and have helped to pair people with their perfect watch time and time again.


We like to think we’ve been doing this long enough now to be considered experts in our field and, if the popularity of our USA-made military watches is anything to go by, this is certainly the case. We’ve been asked plenty of questions about special ops watches in our time here at MTM and if you’ve got some that you want answering to help you choose the ideal adventure-ready accessory for your wrist, chances are we might just answer them below:


Q: How Accurate Should I Expect a Special Ops Watch to be?


A: Well, by definition, you’re going to want any watch to be as accurate as humanly possible but it is more important than most that a timepiece worn by the military or Special Forces is accurate and reliable. Don’t assume that a $20k watch will be infinitely more reliable than a $500 dollar one. There is an important fact to understand about watches and that is that timepieces have a tendency to gain or lose a few seconds over a period of time. These are small mechanical or electro-mechanical accessories that are responsible for keeping track of a mammoth 86,400 seconds EVERY DAY. Even if a timepiece is 99.9% accurate, it will still be off by a minute and a half in just a 24 hour period. So even a mediocre one will need to be well over 99.9% accurate to even begin to be useful for those in the Special Forces where time really is of the essence.


Q: What is the Definition of a Military Watch?


A: As you might expect, this isn’t a question which can be answered definitively because each armed forces are going to have their own recommendations as to what is and isn’t acceptable as a military watch. Many watch manufacturers don’t make watches that are specifically for the armed forces – G-SHOCK being a prime example of this – but those in the forces tend to see them as a quick and easy choice due to their robust performance. At MTM we make watches not just for military use but we have also crafted watches for Special Forces, police personnel, firefighters, Navy and Airforce to name but a few and there is typically a shared set of characteristics that those operating in these fields will look for from their choice of timepiece.


Q: Does Quartz Deliver More Accuracy Than Mechanical for Military Watches?


A: As a general rule of thumb, you can say that quartz are more accurate than mechanical watches (which is why Special Forces will typically opt for quartz) but as with all things, this is not always the case. For example, even when a mechanical watch is allowed to vary +6/-4 seconds per day, that does not always mean it will regularly vary by that high an amount each day. Mechanical movements – with the exception of so-called ‘tourbillon’ movements that are designed to overcome it – are noticeably affected by the gravitational pull of the Earth. This is important because the performance of mechanical movements is somewhat different from day to day when not stored in a fixed position. For these reasons, whilst mechanical watches definitely have their merits, for those operating in dangerous and uncompromising conditions, a quartz movement is usually the best choice for a watch.


Q: I Have to do a Lot of Diving as Part of Special Forces Missions – What are the Water-Resistance Recommendations for Military Watches?


A: Whilst there isn’t a set specification for water-resistance in watches, most watch manufacturers agree on the below:


  1. Water-resistance 30m. This is one of the lowest levels of water resistance and, generally speaking, will only really be resistant to splashes of water and shouldn’t ever be worn in water entirely.

  2. Water-Resistance 50m – At this level of water-resistance, a timepiece should be suitable for rudimentary water engagement such as swimming in shallow water such as crossing rivers and in a pool. 

  3. Water-Resistance 100m – As the level of resistance increases so to does the level of performance – a watch with 100m water resistance should be safely used for swimming and snorkelling in open water.

  4. Water-Resistance 200m – At this depth, a watch will be suitable for sports diving without any issues at all. 

  5. Water-Resistance 300m – A watch with a 300m water-resistance is ideally suited for professional diving and, crucially in our context, military operations.

  6. Water-Resistance 1000m – One of the highest water-resistances on the market – a watch with a 1000m resistance will typically have a helium escape valve and are conducive with more rigorous water-based pursuits such as deep professional diving with mixed gases and challenging military missions and operations.


So, based upon the recommendations outlined above, anyone looking for a watch for a military purpose should be looking for a minimum of 300m of water resistance.


Q: What Does Power Reserve Mean in Military / Special Ops Watches?


A: A watch’s official power reserve essentially refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch will carry on running after it has been fully wound. In other words, if you wind you watch all the way, how many hours it takes before it stops working. Power reserves on automatic watches can vary dramatically and it is always an important feature to look out for when buying a military timepiece for your wrist when in active service. The longer the power reserve is, the longer you can leave your watch between wearing or winding – regardless of how much power reserve is left when you leave it. With regards to how much power reserve you actually need will depend on 1] whether it is something integral to your mission and 2) your watch wearing habits. As a general rule of thumb, the majority of mechanical watches on the market have a power reserve somewhere between 40 and 50 hours. Some will have less and some will have more. For a Special Forces watch, a longer power reserve will obviously be beneficial because it means you’ll be able to go longer without having to wind it again and risk losing accuracy in your timepiece.


Check out some of our most popular special ops watches below:







Black Air Stryk II PILOT WATCH









5 of the best pilot watches from MTM


When men seek out a new timepiece, pilot watches are always one of the first things that will enter their train of thought and, truth be told, there are no shortage of watchmakers offering aviation inspired accessories. Even if we do say so ourselves, the pilot watches from MTM Watch are in a league of their own and soar high from both a style and performance perspective.

The quality of our men’s pilot watches is immediately apparent from the get-go and the adventure ready design, high quality craftsmanship and impeccable materials make these watches a triple threat and a worthy addition to any horology aficionado’s line up. We build watches with purpose, poise and performance at their core and regardless of which of our men’s pilot timepieces you go for, you’ll be adding a real touch of class to your wrist. 

We want to take a moment to introduce you to our line up of pilot watches and delve into their individual characteristics, design aesthetics and features to show you why they would be the ideal candidate to be your next purchase if you currently find yourself in the market for a new pilot watch. Check out 5 of the best pilot watches from our digital shelves below:



Grey Air Stryk I Pilot Watch



The MTM Grey Air Stryk I ($1170) is an exceptionally reliable, robust pilot watch that is made especially for men with the spirit for adventure. It has two LCD displays which show off many of the timepiece’s most impressive features: this includes chronograph mode, up to 5-daily/scheduled alarms, 58 presets + My City (user-defined), and much more. 

Its solid stainless case and sapphire crystal glass is more than capable of reaching depths up to 660 feet/200 meters. Meanwhile, the luminous hands offer easy readability at night and in low-light cockpit conditions. The MTM Grey Air Stryk I Watch boasts dual analog and digital functions for the perfect timepiece, made for the airman. ($1170)


SILVER COBRA 44 | $1320 


Silver Cobra 44 PILOT WATCH




The limited edition MTM Silver Cobra 44 with Tan Dial and Nylon Band ($1320) is our premier chronograph tactical watch for men and one of the most adventure inclined pilot timepieces on the market right now. It incorporates a classic slide rule bezel with state-of-the-art titanium to deliver a modern and cutting-edge pilot watch for men that will stand the test of time and take the skies with effortless aplomb. 

The MTM Special Ops Silver Cobra 44 Watch delivers a sophisticated and aesthetically superior look with a tangible sense of quality to the touch. It is purpose built for everyday use and its unrivaled strength and durability is second to none. This breathtaking men’s pilot watch has a high-grade titanium case with a locking screw-down crown and pushers. As an aviator/pilot watch, this tactical military timepiece will be your ideal ally for traveling, whether in the air, on land or by sea. The Silver Cobra 44 boasts a sleek shine that will brilliantly compliment your adventurous lifestyle and watch collection. ($1320)




Black Air Stryk II PILOT WATCH




The epitome of a pilot watch, the MTM Special Ops Black Air Stryk II ($1380) has a stealthy, black DLC-coated case and vibrant carbon blue dial. This truly is a military men’s watch and provides a precise analog and digital timekeeping experience day in, day out. The digital display can be also be deployed as a compass, time/date display, and has time for different time zones, an alarm, and much more besides. 

This uncompromising timepiece takes no prisoners and features luminous index and hands, which makes it effortless to read in the dark. In addition, the solid titanium case and 330-feet of water resistance put this watch on another level so fa as its performance in the wild is concerned. Built for everyday tactical use, the black Air Stryk II is ready for action wherever your adventures may take you. The MTM Black Air Stryk II Watch with Carbon Blue Dial and Black Rubber II Band is an elite analog digital aviation timepiece and an update to the original MTM Air Stryk Model. ($1380)




grey/green air stryk i PILOT WATCH




The MTM Grey Air Stryk I Watch with Green Nylon Band boasts dual analog and digital functions for the the ultimate in aviation style timepieces, which is well and truly made for the airman. The MTM Grey Air Stryk I is a one of the most dependable pilot watches on the market, and this rugged wrist watch has been constructed with an active, high-octane lifestyle in mind. 

This pilot watch boasts a couple of LCD displays which add a tech-orientated aesthetic to proceedings and some of the stand out design characteristics of the watch are its chronograph mode, up to 5-daily/scheduled alarms, 58 presets + My City (user-defined)to name but a few. Its solid stainless case and sapphire crystal glass is extremely durable and it is capable of standing up to the most daring of deep dives and is equally as at home for those adventures up in the sky. A truly unique and breathtaking pilot watch which is one of our proudest creations here at MTM. ($1170)




silver cobra 44 PILOT WATCH




The MTM Special Ops Silver / White Cobra 44 Watch offers an aesthetic quite unlike anything else on the market and it’s for that reason it is one of our most popular pilot watches here MTM. As with all our aviation watches, it has been cleverly designed for everyday use courtesy of the highly durable materials that stand up to any rigors you can throw at them. 

Its unparalleled strength and durability is second to none, and it is crafted from a high-grade titanium with a locking screw-down crown and pushers. As an aviator/pilot watch, this tactical accessory is not going to let you down wherever your travels take you, whether by air, on land or across the ocean. The Silver Cobra 44 delivers a powerful visual punch with a sleek shine that will compliment your lifestyle and watch collection. ($1470)

And if this isn’t what you’re looking for, we have a huge range of other pilot watches, automatic watches, chronograph watches and more available in our huge online store. Shop now!

A Brief History of the Pilot Watch


It goes without saying that in this day and age, the uncompromising characteristics and charm of men’s pilot watches is no longer solely the preserve of those in the cockpit. 

All those men who have been won over by the style and lured by the accuracy, reliability and legibility will want to get their hands on a modern iteration of this iconic watch type, and will be fascinated by the thoroughly intriguing history that is worth delving into.

The original objective of the humble pilot’s watch was a straightforward one, as you might expect – namely, to move timekeeping from the pocket and on to the wrist. This was due to a desire for enhanced convenience that led to the emergence of a style that has lasted for well over a century now, and the love of pilot watches is greater than it has ever been. 

The aviator’s timepiece became ever more complex as it evolved over time and it rapidly became a must have device for pilots, so they could calculate stats like how long an aircraft had been in the air and how much fuel had been consumed. 

As pilot watch features became more advanced, they would eventually be used as an instrument for navigation as well. It’s the legacy of those characteristics that lends the pilot’s watch the enduring appeal it continues to have to this day.



When what can be considered as a pilot watch first came to be, it’s fair to say that it’s quite a long way from what we’d consider as a pilot’s watch on today’s market. The timepiece that started it all so far as aviation watches is concerned was the Cartier Santos and this was debuted well over a century ago in 1904. 

This was the following year from when the American aviation pioneers, the Wright brothers, wowed the world with the first-ever powered, sustained and controlled flight of an aircraft. Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont was heavily influenced by their mighty impressive endeavors and would soon become the first to achieve the feat in Europe, but also to take off unaided, flying an aircraft with a wheeled undercarriage as opposed to via track like the Wright Brothers.

In his preparation for his flight, Santos-Dumont turned to friend, horologist Louis Cartier, about the regular annoyance of having to reach into his pocket for a watch while handling the plane’s controls. It was from this observation and annoyance that what is thought to be the world’s first purpose-designed timepiece for pilots was created. 

The watch – which had a square case, Roman numerals on the dial and a comfortable leather strap – quickly began to turn heads of the general public when it appeared in newspaper photographs of Santos-Dumont’s aviation achievement. The fact that the pilot also wore the timepiece on every flight he took thereafter did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for this attractive looking timepiece and ultimately led to Cartier putting the watch into production in 1911. And, with that, the pilot watch was born.



One of the biggest factors in the emergence of pilot watches into mainstream thinking was the dawn of the two World Wars, in which aviation was a cornerstone for strategic battle and something that gave the pilot’s watch a real shot in the arm from a popularity perspective. One watchmaker synonymous with aviation style timepieces is IWC Schaffhausen and they’re known to have created their Big Pilot watch for the German Air Force in 1940. The design is still one of the best pilot watch designs and just as recognisable today as it always was, courtesy of its bold, highly legible design aesthetic.

An important name around this time so far as watchmaking is concerned was Louis Bleriot who is said to have worn a wristwatch in July 1909 when he made the first-ever powered flight across the English Channel. As a result of this fact, the first wrist chronograph was developed around 1915, and this was a creation that was rapidly taken up by incredibly brave and fearless pilots of the First World War. 

Another name synonymous with aviation watches during the World Wars was U.S. Navy captain Philip Van Horn Weems, who was responsible for devising an independently adjustable seconds ring which was important because it allowed the pilots to precisely synchronise their watch with a radio time signal without stopping the sweep seconds hand. This was crucial because it helped to significantly reduce any potential margin for error that could send these pilots off course by many miles and potentially jeopardise a mission or their safe return to base.

During the Second World War, the production of dedicated pilot watches was destined to increase dramatically, with makers in America, Germany, France and Switzerland ramping up their manufacturing endeavours to deliver highly accurate, often large-cased pilot’s watches, chronographs and bomb timers that were the true forerunners of today’s ‘tool’ watches that have become a mainstay on the wrist of modern watch aficionados.



Given that the timepieces considered as the original pilot watches were purpose built to carry out their particular aeronautical functions, many modern watch wearers today are not likely to make full use of all the capabilities of their pilot watch, and that’s fine. Being a pilot is still undoubtedly a really ‘cool’ career choice or hobby and the watches intended for use in the cockpit will always be unbelievably popular amongst watch collectors. 

We’re understandably proud of the pilot watches we produce here at MTM and blood, sweat and tears goes into making these as robust, reliable and top-performing as can be. The proof is in the pudding, as our men’s pilot timepieces are seen on the wrists of armed forces personnel and those working the front lines on a daily basis. Built to last with an enduring quality that means you’ll want to pass it on from one generation to the next.

If you’re interested in a top-quality, military inspired US-made automatic pilot watch with the ultimate in aviation heritage, look no further than MTM Cobra and MTM Air Stryk pilot watch collections.

And if this isn’t what you’re looking for, we have a huge range of other pilot watches, automatic watches, chronograph watches and more available in our huge online store. Shop now!



As with any purchase, you want to make sure you’re buying quality when investing in a pilot watch. There are, alas, plenty of watch brands out there that put quantity over quality when it comes to releasing pilot watches onto the market, and knowing what to look out for when buying a timepiece of this nature will definitely stand you in good stead in the long run.

Pilot watches are amongst the most popular men’s timepieces right now and we’re rightly proud of our aviation offerings here at MTM. We’ve built a reputation for crafting high quality timepieces that those in the armed forces gravitate towards because they’re purpose built for action and adventure. However, not all pilot watches are created equal, so we’ve compiled a list of tips that you should bear in mind when it comes to spotting a quality men’s pilot watch.

When looking to pick the ideal watch for you, it’s always a good idea to pay close attention not only to the aesthetic of the timepiece i.e. that it fits in with your style sensibilities but also to all of the features and components it has. After all, the quality of materials used and the design aesthetic will determine the difference between a “throwaway” timepiece and a solidly-built accessory that you’ll want to wear for many years to come and pass on to your next generation. Here are some of MTM’s top tips on discovering the perfect pilot watch for you.

1] High price doesn’t always mean high quality


It goes without saying that some watchmakers have timepieces which cost, quite frankly, a small fortune. However, that doesn’t always mean the components that they use are any better than more affordable options such as our pilot watches at MTM – you’re merely paying for their brand name and reputation. 

Always consider the actual cost to make the watch (that is to say the materials used and their quality, the caliber of the labor, and the profit margin the watchmaker builds into the watch). You’ll be surprised that some of the top names in the watchmaking world are significantly overcharging their consumers based on the quality of materials they’ve used. 

At MTM, we pride ourselves on the quality of our pilot watches – each of which is hand-made in our LA based workshop, and our watches are highly competitively priced given the excellence of the materials we use and the high quality of our craftsmanship.

2] Pay attention to the movement


Put simply, the movement of a watch is its beating heart, its most crucial component and one of the most crucial elements to be aware of when making a purchase of this nature. Some watchmakers will charge a fortune for a movement which costs next to nothing to make, so it’s always imperative to do your research when buying a pilot watch. 

At MTM, we use a few different movements in our pilot watches such as Japanese Quartz – Miyota OS-80 and our MTM Proprietary Quartz – Swiss Ronda 763E movement. These offer great value for money and impeccable performance, reliability and accuracy day in, day out. Do your research on movements prior to buying a pilot watch to make sure you’re not overpaying. 

You’ll find that most automatic watches have a glass on the back so that you can watch the impressive movement in action. Movements are not always made equal and a functional movement will always keep your time reliably, whereas lower quality ones will have much less impressive results. You can say you’re essentially “losing time” if you own a watch with a poor-quality movement with inconsistent tick speeds so if you’re planning to purchase a pilot watch in 2021, pay particular close attention to the quality of the movement it possesses.

3] Make sure it uses high quality glass on the dial


There are few things more disheartening that scratches and scrapes all over your watch dial and the best means of avoiding such a pitfall – particularly with a pilot watch which is likely to be on your wrist for any outdoor adventures – is to ensure the timepiece you choose uses high-quality, scratch-resistant glass as part of its design. 

When doing your research into aviation watches, you’ll quickly realize that top quality timepieces typically always use sapphire glass because of the inherently robust characteristics that it possesses. It also depends on why you wear the watch. Sapphire glasses remain clear and scratch-resistant even after frequent use. Crystal glass or mineral glass is found on an average watch. Further, these glasses are cheaper, but they’re also more susceptible to scratches. 

At MTM, we use Anti Reflective & Scratch Resistant Glass With Ultraviolet Protective Coating that ensures that all our watches are properly protected when it comes to bumps, scrapes and scratches. If a watch uses mineral glass, for example, don’t expect it to stay blemish free for too long.

4] Consider the watchmaker and do your research on them


We’ve garnered a great reputation in the watchmaking industry here at MTM and we always encourage our customers to read reviews of our timepieces prior to making a purchase as we stand by their quality. If you’re looking online to buy a pilot watch, you’ll encounter an awful lot of brands and if you’re planning on investing a significant amount of money into a watch, it’s imperative to do your due diligence and make sure they’re a reputable brand who offer quality timepieces. 

Read reviews, look at the materials used in their watches and familiarise yourself with the watchmaker’s overall ethos to make sure it tallies closely with your own. At MTM, we’re all about uncompromising quality and delivering timepieces capable of withstanding action on the front lines. This isn’t common throughout all watchmakers so make sure you go with a brand that has inherent quality in their blood.

And if this has tickled your fancy, check out our huge collection of pilot watches, chronograph watches, automatic watches and more.



It goes without saying that purchasing a luxury pilot watch can be quite the financial commitment (but one definitely worth making if you ask us). Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you’re asking the right questions before taking the plunge on an aviation watch. Fear not, we’re here to help to make sure that you go into this purchase with all the right knowledge as to what you should be seeking from a pilot watch. We’ve got some excellent men’s pilot watches on our shelves here at MTM and we’d want our customers to be asking themselves these questions before making a purchase.

Check out our pick of 6 of the most important questions to be asking (either the watchmaker or yourself) before you reach for the skies and add a pilot watch to your wrist.

Are you actually a pilot?


Do you actually have to fly planes to wear a pilot watch? Put simply, of course not. Pilot watches are amongst the most stylish and versatile timepieces on the market and earning your wings isn’t something that need preclude you from wearing one. Back in the day, pilot watches were more specifically for pilots because of the features they had which made flying more streamlined and safer, but such is their popularity in the mass market nowadays that they are worn by everyone – pilot or otherwise. 

Anyone can enjoy a capable pilot watch with roots in aviation and, if you are actually a pilot, this sort of timepiece will often ramp up your appreciation of both the watch and the sophistication of contemporary aeroplanes. If you don’t fly planes but have a penchant for all things aeronautical and still want to sport a pilot’s watch, there’s definitely nothing stopping you.

Do you want a mechanical or quartz movement?


The movement is the beating heart of a watch and when buying a pilot watch, you should be thinking about whether you’re seeking a timepiece with a mechanical or quartz movement. Mechanical movements are typically a more expensive option and will often be less accurate than their quartz counterparts, but they can add an extra sense of luxury to watches, and this might be something that you’ll be after when buying a pilot watch from a watchmaker with a considerable heritage. 

It’s important to realise, however, that the majority of pilot timepieces are chronographs, which means mechanical variations are often extremely expensive. Quartz watches provide a better value for money for the consumer and they can also deliver an abundance of features and digital tech that would come in handy for modern pilots. For example, you can use GPS and radio signals to automatically adjust to changes of time zones, and some modern pilot watches are specifically designed to record flight times and other crucial data.


What features are important for your pilot watch to have?


Needless to say, not all pilot watches are the same, with the same features and when purchasing a timepiece of this nature, you need to be asking yourself which features are most important to you. There are a few commonplace features of pilot watches that a lot of horology aficionados seek out such as GMT complication or a 24-hour bezel. 

These are popular features because they are both handy characteristics and were originally intended for commercial pilots, these are especially beneficial for contemporary travelers or those with friends and families located in different time zones. Pilot watches have all sorts of useful features that will come in handy day in, day out, and this is something worth considering when purchasing an aviation watch — it’s just the icing on the cake that pilot watches are also so cool and positively steeped in history.

Do you want a traditional or modern pilot watch?


There are certainly a lot of different pilot watches to choose from and the watchmakers on the market typically sit in two camps in terms of their design – namely, traditional or contemporary aviation watches. History is a big part of pilot’s watches’ appeal, particularly for those iconic aesthetics rooted in 20th-century military applications. 

While there are plenty of timepieces that offer impressive interpretations of these classic designs, there are also those made by the same brands that actually designed the originals. If you’re more of a modern design enthusiast, pilot watches like our Air Stryk II collection are a fantastic example of a contemporary aviation watch.

What style of men’s pilot watch are you in the market for?


As with most men’s watches, there are a lot of subtle design differences inherent in pilot timepieces and choosing the sort that is right for you is a big consideration at the outset when you’ve decided to buy a pilot watch. There are wide variations in type, model and so forth but if you’ve got a certain style aesthetic that you gravitate towards and an idea of what a pilot’s watch should look like, that’s a good jump off point. 

It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of pilot’s watch on the market as this will help you better explore your options as there are so many watchmakers offering so many different styles. For example, there are classic aviation watches like the W10 and the flieger or much more complicated affairs like flyback chronographs. If you look around, you can even find watches that celebrate the fact that pilots don’t need these watches, and instead approach aviation as a design theme — a good example of this is how some pilot watches have airplane-shaped seconds hand, or recycle material that has been taken from some historic aircraft or other.

If it’s an adventure ready, robust and top performing pilot’s watch that you desire, you’ll find plenty that fit the bill on the digital shelves of MTM. We pride ourselves on the quality of our timepieces which are all constructed in our Los Angeles workshop. Some of the stand out aviation watches we have to offer in 2021 include the Black Air Stryk II, Grey / Black Cobra 44 Watch and Grey Air Stryk I – all of which can be on your wrist for under $1600. 

And if this isn’t what you’re looking for, we have a huge range of other pilot watches, automatic watches, chronograph watches and more available in our huge online store. Shop now!

The Design Features of an Aviator’s Watch you Should be Looking for


Thinking about adding a pilot watch to your line up in 2021? You’re not alone. Pilot watches are some of our most popular offerings here at MTM. But it’s often difficult to know which features you should be on the look out for and which typify an aviator’s watch, but fear not – we here at MTM are experts in such things and have some top class pilot watches on our digital shelves to prove the point. We know what makes a high caliber aviation timepiece and will impart this knowledge on to you so you can make the right decision when purchasing a pilot watch in 2021.

Whilst dive watches have an official definition of certain features that they need to possess in order to be considered a dive watch, no such definition exists for pilot watches so it can be a little open to interpretation but, in most cases, there are some common design elements which you should be looking for when you’re planning to invest in a new pilot watch for your wrist. Each and every watchmaker will have its own take on what a pilot’s watch should be, depending on the needs of the wearer. However, there are some key elements that single these watches out from the crowd and it is these which we will take a look at in this article.

Aviator watches are exceptionally popular in horology circles and for good reason. They are so highly valued due to their utilitarian visuals and impactful readability. They are seen more as statement pieces nowadays than the essential tool watches that they were first used for in the air. It’s fair to say that pilot’s watches, much the same as dive watches, were born from necessity. Most consider the first wristwatch to be considered a “pilot’s watch” was devised by Louis Cartier for dapper aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont, in order for him to accurately time his flights. Its technical specifications were simple, much more basic than seen with the military watches of the mid-20th century, and have come to typify what we would expect to see in a modern day aviator’s watch.



First and foremost, pilot watches have to be sufficiently sizeable to be easy to read quickly whilst flying. Also, for the sake of readability, aviator watch dials were as contrasted and luminous as they could be and operating these timepieces was also made as straightforward as possible in order to avoid errors and inaccuracies in monitoring your flight path and distances. As you would expect, accuracy and precision were the most pivotal features and other crucial components of a pilot watch include protection against shocks, magnetic fields and sudden drops in pressure (with a crystal secured against any displacement) – all of which are factors that might well come into play whilst navigating the skies.

Something that you’ll often witness with an aviators watch is a flyback chronograph. This feature is much loved by pilots as it saves time when recording several elapsed times in a row and the fact it can be returned to zero and restarted with a single tap of a button. Rather than the traditional stop-reset-start sequence, which requires three operations, the Flyback Chronograph feature of an aviator watch goes through all the steps by just pressing the reset push-button once. This is important for pilots because these resets assisted waypoint navigation and grid searches, meaning pilots could transition “on the fly” as it were.

Dial shape is another defining feature of a pilot timepiece and, traditionally speaking, you’d often expect to see an “onion” or “conical” crown on this type of timepiece. When flying back in the day, pilots were exposed to exceptionally cold flying conditions, which facilitated them wearing heavy gloves to prevent their hands from freezing. As such, a bold crown design was a much-needed feature so as to be able to operate the timepiece effortlessly, even with cumbersome, gloved hands. This is why most pilot’s watches came equipped with oversized (so-called “Big Crown” watches) crowns, with two recurring shapes: onion (rounded) or diamond (conical) being the most commonly witnessed varieties.

Technical Features 


Magnetic fields are another issue that pilot watches needed to take in their stride and the design feature deployed to tackle this was so-called soft iron cages. A pilot’s cockpit is one of the most magnetic environments a timepiece can be put in and ordinarily, anti-magnetism was achieved using the principle of a Faraday cage: a soft iron inner cage surrounding the movement and shielding it from the magnetic fields of the cockpit. With the dawn of anti-magnetic materials, contemporary aviator timepieces are less and less equipped with such heavy, space-consuming cages. Their movement components are typically made in silicium or amagnetic alloys now, which means that they are inherently shielded against magnetic fields.

Another feature of pilot watches which is regularly seen on watchmaker’s designs today is a GMT indication. This contemporary non-military design feature regularly finds its way into the DNA of pilot’s timepieces. Essentially, it is the indication of multiple time zones and is a extremely functional feature for anyone travelling across different time zones regularly – something that pilots do more than most of course. The Rolex GMT Master, first released in the mid-1950s, is often seen as the archetype of the GMT watch. It was conceived alongside Pan American Airways to equip their crews – civilians, but still pilots. The GMT (or second time zone) is shown using an additional hour hand rotating on a 24-hour scale and is read on the two-tone bezel showing day and night. 

The above features are just a selection of the sort of characteristics you might witness with a pilot watch and by no means a definitive list. That’s the beauty of watches built for adventures in the sky, they can offer so many different options from a design and functionality perspective and finding the right one for you will be dependent on a number of different factors.

Want to add an aviator’s watch to your line up of timepieces? We’ve got some excellent options here at MTM such as our Silver Cobra 44 Pilot Watch, Green Air Stryk I Pilot Watch and the supremely stealthy Black Air Stryk II. Our pilot watches are some of the most respected and sought after and we proudly make each one in our downtown LA workshop to exacting standards and specifications. Pilot watches to be proud of and built for a life in the skies.