Now from time to time, those familiar with the world of military aviation will hear of or make reference to the idea of those who operate military aircraft having a predilection for chronometers of rather large proportions. That is, big watches.
It also seems that in the realm of smaller one or two seat jet propelled aircraft, designed to go very fast and mix it up with other smaller one or two seat jet propelled aircraft, also designed to go very fast, but wearing different colors and/or markings (that is, fighters) a big watch is de rigeur.
Now the boys and girls who make a living in this particular realm of military aviation go by the name of "Pilot" in the Air Force and "Naval Aviator" in the Navy. As regards the Marine Corps I'll fall back on the OAFSSRFTOTN*:
A United States Naval Aviator may be a commissioned officer or warrant officer qualified as a pilot of the United States Navy or a commissioned officer of the United States Marine Corps or United States Coast Guard.Now I do not make mention of the US Army here, my apologies to the soldiers in my audience. It's just that we're talking fast movers here, not (ahem) "choppers" (as I believe the Army calls them), "helos" is what I call them. (I'm sure RJL would be completely comfortable with the term "rotary winged aircraft" or something equally technical. He's like that and we love him for it. In a manly, non-threatening way, of course.)
Now I do know one or two rotor-heads and I believe they too have the "big watch affectation". It's fighter aircraft I'm familiar with, so I'll stick with that. Helicopter operators are welcome to chime in down there in the comments.
My son-in-law, Big Time has many large time pieces. Some of great value. He owns a Breitling. I once asked him if he wore that while flying.
There was a long pause. He looked at me with his steely Naval Aviator gaze. It was as if I'd said, "So Son, do you wear women's clothing to go gambling in Reno?"
After that long pause, wherein I'm sure he was wondering how much of my idiocy was hereditary, fearing for his daughter's future no doubt, he said, "No Dad. Are you kidding? Do you know how much a Breitling costs?"
I assured him that I was aware of how expensive these fine instruments for professionals retailed for and that my question was, indeed, rhetorical.
At any rate it seems my fascination with Big Time's watch collection did not go unnoticed. A Christmas or two later I received a joint gift from the WSO and the Missus. That fine time piece depicted at the beginning of this post, in fact.
I feel humbled and honored to own such a time piece. Now I need a Super Hornet. To go with the watch. I keep dropping hints but I've been told not to hold my breath.
Well a fella can dream can't he?
*OAFSSRFTOTN = Old Air Force Sarge Standard Reference for Things of This Nature. Which would be Wikipedia. Make note of this for future reference. As a matter of fact, I'm going to run over and put this on the Acronym Page right now. Wait here.... Done!