One of our favourite parts of spending so much time on the hunt for cool stuff here at The Coolector is coming across new watch brands because timepieces are one of our favourite accessories and we’ve got the week off to a great start already having encountered the exemplary looking offerings of the De Pol Watch Company, a Texas based watch brand responsible for some of the finest and most eye-catching naval and aviation timepieces on the market.
There is a distinct aesthetic to aviation and naval timepieces and nobody understands this better than the De Pol Watch Company. The brand is the brainchild of Robert De Pol, an American patriot and fighter pilot with a love of timepieces and this is something that positively shines through in all their magnificent looking watches. The driving force behind the creation of these watches came when De Pol noticed a void in the American watch-making industry. His love of America, passion for watches and love of all things aviation, was a catalyst for him to design his own American-built timepiece, to use in his cockpit. And we’re mighty glad he did because these watches look fantastic.
One of the main things that makes De Pol Watches stand out from the competition is the fact that they are officially licensed by the US Navy and this means they are entitled to do any type of aviation and naval design with their timepieces. Robert De Pol’s fascination with watchmaking then evolved into designing a watch to improve the efficiency and precision of timing landings aboard aircraft carriers in his LSO model. At De Pol Watch Company, the overriding objective is to craft functional, yet beautiful timepieces for people that share in their passion of aviation because they know only too well that keeping perfect time is absolutely critical. Better still, you can create custom artwork on the dial of your own squadron.
De Pol Watches are aesthetically striking and impeccably well made timepieces and we’re loving their military style aesthetic here at Coolector HQ. The timepiece that perhaps caught our eye the most is their immeasurably cool and expertly crafted Rotary Wing Watch ($1000) which is the ultimate in aviation timepieces. This supremely stylish and versatile offering has been made in collaboration with the Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) and introduces De Pol’s custom “Wings of Gold” Rotary Wing Edition timepiece for those with a real passion for all things aviation.
This magnificent looking aviation watch from De Pol has been a long time in the making and boasts an abundance of fine features that make its $1000 seem all the more miraculous. This includes a Swiss-engineered Quartz movement for unparalled precision, BGW9 Lume, a screw in caseback, a mighty impressive 100m water resistance, a luxurious, black alligator leather strap and a domed sapphire crystal that will help keep scratches and scrapes at bay. This is definitely one of the most appealing aviation watches we’ve seen in some time here at Coolector HQ.
From working as a military fighter pilot, the brand’s founder, Robert De Pol, knew only too well how essential it is to have a reliable and accurate timepiece on your wrist in the cockpit and that’s why he created the De Pol Watch Company in 2014. They’ve gone from strength to strength in the last few years and now offer some of the most popular aviation style watches on the market – with a military discount for those serving in the forces both in the USA and in other NATO countries (you just need to email them your military discount code).
Whilst these watches are clearly designed with spending time in the skies in mind, such is their aesthetic appeal, they’re going to look great on the ground too. There is a lot of love for aviation watches here on the pages of The Coolector but these eye-catching and USA made offerings from De Pol are undoubtedly some of the best in the business and if you’re in the market for an affordable, well made and visually impactful accessory this summer, look no further.