The Suunto Core falls under the popular ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass) outdoor watches and because of these features it makes a great aviator watch.
The Suunto Core comes in a host of different stylish options, from brushed steel, resin, all black and a host of different funky colors. Regardless of the style, all the watches share the same great functionality and robustness.
The diameter is 49mm, which makes it really easy to read and for night flying the backlight is perfect. Some people claim it’s not bright enough, but having a lighthouse on your wrist is terrible for night vision.
The watch is 30m waterproof so its not a dive watch but will not be damaged when you go snorkeling or swimming.
The functions of the watch are numerous and too much to go into detail here. For pilots the duel time (UTC), the chronograph, and first/last light functions are very useful. The “weather forecast “can be useful, but because of the nature of flying it will get a bit confused.
- Storm alarm
- Sunrise / sunset
- Depth meter for snorkeling
- Multiple watch, date and time functions
- User-replaceable battery
Here is a good video that explains some of the functions in more detail:
I am really fond of this watch and so are other pilots, because I see it more and more in the cockpits of planes.
The simple, and easy readable dial with dual time makes it great for time keeping and the stopwatch with the seconds creeping around the face makes it easy to time approaches.
Suunto has made a great aviation watch but have a look here to see how it compares to other watches.