P–1 Pilot Launch Edition


The Aera P–1 Pilot, a contemporary take on the classic pilot watch. The sleek brushed 904L stainless steel case features a three-hand readout, a clean open dial, and high-visibility black-and-white Arabic numerals highlighted in white Swiss Super LumiNova® in low light.

Each order also contains a Black Leather and Limited Edition Grey Suede strap as standard.

The P–1 Pilot comes supplied with 3 straps.

1 x Black Leather.
1 x Limited Edition Grey Suede.
1 x Additional Strap of your choice.


Secure payments accepted by all major credit cards, Paypal, Apple Pay & Google Pay.


Return shipping is on us.

Local duties, taxes and shipping are included for deliveries to the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Sweden & Japan.

No questions asked, money-back guarantee, up to 30 days after delivery*


All Aera watches come with a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase*. This extends to 3 years when you register your watch.


The lofty inspirations of the P-1 Pilot

From its earliest beginnings, with the Wright Brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, powered flight never depended purely on aeronautics. The moment point-to-point flights became viable, navigational instruments became an integral part of flight equipment.

Navigation meant timekeeping, for to-the-second precision, in order to make the necessary calculations for each leg of a flight. As the operating range of aeroplanes grew, navigation relied on maps, mathematics and accurate timing rather than looking for landmarks on the ground. Timepieces, whether mounted on the instrument panel or on the pilot’s wrist, became vital, life-preserving devices, tools to ensure pinpoint accuracy whether you were bound for a target or heading home.

The domed sapphire crystal blends smoothly with the sloping matt ceramic bezel and the reverse pie-pan dial, creating a bold and contemporary feel. The black, one piece dial with oversized markings is hand-filled with Super-LumiNova for optimal visibility. 



Get to know the P-1 Pilot in detail

  • Diameter 43mm
  • Swiss self-winding movement
  • Case and buckle in 904L stainless steel
  • Swiss made
  • First edition run of 300 pieces
  • 3-year warranty*


Johnny Davis

Esquire / The Big Watch Book

To my mind the P-1 Pilot sits squarely at the intersection between ‘design watch’ and ‘tool watch’. Yes, it’s functional, but it also looks super-cool with it. This is a serious piece of watchmaking, assembled, tested and finished in Switzerland. Its dial is one-piece. There is no tapered ring to mess with the minimalist aesthetic – there doesn’t need to be.

Yuki Matsuda

Designer & Tastemaker, Yuketen

It’s great to see how much effort Aera has put in to making a better product. The design is so simple. The curved profile of the Diver’s sapphire crystal and bezel is beautiful. It makes me think of Mother Earth. That’s a great idea. And I like the blue in the crown and the bezel, the blue of the Luminova at night, the rounded, hand filled dots. Nobody else is going to go to this level of detail.



"[The P-1 Pilot is] One of the finest watches I have ever had. Superb quality. Aera is a brand of the future. I have to say firstly, excellent packaging (clearly well thought out), and secondly, first impressions are excellent - a true quality feel. So, my warmest congratulations to you all at Aera - you can be very proud of your achievements."



Probably my favourite of all the watches I have owned. Thankfully, she sits surprisingly demure. Neither too tall nor too wide. So many details in the design are just plain executed to perfection.



The watch is beautiful. Packaging and presentation were perfect,and the fit, feel and quality of the watch and the straps are superb.As a divemaster and active diver for over 40 years I’m very much looking forward to enjoying my D-1 under water. It is quite obviously intended for, and fully capable of taking a beating in the ocean.



This Timepiece has everything you want in a watch. Style comfort and features. The lume is very strong . On this particular dial from Pilot Watch from Aera Instruments. Wow. Blows you away. My hats off to these guys . Job well done.



These watches are superb! I own both models and couldn’t be more impressed with the quality and communication from the folks at AERA! They are very attentive both during and after the purchasing process. This sets them apart from every other watch maker out there. I highly recommend them and I get so many comments on their pieces. Buy a watch from AERA and you won’t be disappointed.



It’s an incredible watch. Genuinely beautiful, comfortable, practical and the dial and crystal just set it above anything else, quality is amazing! Thanks so much and it’s been a pleasure being part of the journey with you guys.






I bought a D-1 Diver after reading about it on Hodinkee. It's a spectacular watch - sits great on the wrist, the weight is perfect, the dial super easy to read and the accents like the blue really make this watch pop. The ability to easily swap out bands is really smart. Aera's customer service goes over the top in making sure you feel part of the new Aera family.



I have one P-1. I really like the rounded shape of the body and the domed glass. I also like the size. Shipping to Japan was very fast. And the members of the support team after the purchase were very kind and responded quickly and I was able to interact with peace of mind. I will continue to use the P-1.



Great product, and great customer service. Unique interpretation of classic tool watches. Very responsive customer service department. I was a bit surprised, as I thought the watch would be good. The bands were very high quality.


'Both models manage to feel distinctive, stylish, and more mature than I'd expect from such a young brand. Certainly the definition of "one to watch," it will be exciting to see how the brand evolves and expands its lineup in the coming years.'

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“Our goal is to make authentic contemporary watches that appeal to watch and style lovers equally, and punch above their weight in terms of execution, quality and finish,” Minhas says.It represents a compelling fusion of modern style and function, and arguably a truly fresh viewpoint in the watch world. So what is better, then – consistency or variety?Aera might be one brand attempting to do both."

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“We are immensely flattered and grateful to be included alongside such lofty company in the new UK edition of Vanity Fair On Time, written by Bill Prince”

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A closer look at the P–1 Pilot

We knew that in creating a clean, clear and uncomplicated design, a one piece dial was the perfect choice. This had its challenges – most watch brands have a separate tapered ring that fits onto the dial, but this would have affected the clean profile of our original design concept. A matt velvet-like black finish, and an extra fine luminous compound recessed into the dial and filled by hand, yields a greater Super-LumiNova performance than usual printing methods would allow.

Drop element here!


Tell time with clarity 

We’ve chosen simple matte white hands to provide a sharp contrast to the matte black velvet dial, and added a luminous tip on the second hand for a subtle accent of colour. For a look that’s contemporary, functional, and doesn’t compromise on style - or legibility. 


See clearly in the dark

We insist on only the best in quality and efficiency. That’s why our dials are hand-filled with Swiss-made Super-LumiNova. It maximises emission for colour, vibrance and a superior glow that will help you see in even the darkest of settings. 


Never miss a moment

Our crafted sapphire crystal is domed to reduce distortion and give you a clear view of the dial from every angle. We’ve finished it with an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare and is scratch resistant, to make sure it lives up to all of life’s adventures. 


Feel the difference

Each watch is powered by Sellita SW200-1, the Swiss-made workhorse of the industry. The 38-hour power reserve movement has a 4Hz frequency for a smooth, sweeping seconds hand, and 26 friction-reducing jewels for maximum efficiency. 


Make it yours

Change the look and feel of your watch with just the push of a button. Our quick strap release technology helps you personalise your watch easily, by simply swapping to your style of choice from our curated collection. 



We ship to the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France & Japan. Delivery, local taxes and duties all included in the price.


We offer no-questions asked returns if you ship back your watch to us within 30 days of receiving it*.


Secure payments accepted by all major credit cards, Paypal, Apple Pay & Google Pay.


All Aera watches come with a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase*. This extends to 3 years when you register your watch.


As well as our default strap you receive a limited edition grey suede strap, plus a bonus strap of your choice. Three interchangeable quick-release straps, with their own 904L stainless steel buckle.


Aera watches are built with the highest standard of components and materials. They are assembled, tested and finished in Switzerland.


Upon delivery, you will gain access to a personal owners page where you can register for your extended warranty, access your user manuals, book services or repairs.


Aera is partnering with a series of watchmaking and service centres across the globe to carry out warranty, non-warranty repairs and servicing.