De Pol Watch Company pays tribute to not only the history of aviation, but to the feeling of sovereignty. Born from dissatisfaction in the ability to track flight performance, their approach to design is considered and calculated. Through simple forms and tiny details, De Pol timepieces present the technical needs specific to Naval Aviators in a way that civilians can appreciate.
“I see how aviators react to watches. It’s about invoking a feeling. Your De Pol cheap replica watches UK collection tells the story of your life; where you’ve been and the experiences you’ve had,” explains Robert De Pol, the company’s founder and former fighter pilot. “While on deployment, our squadron organized a custom watch buy. Most of the options cost upwards of $5,000 and I knew there had to be a more affordable alternative that would yield the same quality product.” With that motivation and in the middle of an overseas deployment, De Pol set out to design and manufacture his own. Within a year, his team had selected an American manufacturer and prototypes came soon after.
“We saw a void in the market for custom watches at this specific price point and knew we had to fill it,” says De Pol. “It’s hard to get a Junior Officer in the military with a family and a house, to spend several thousand dollars on a watch. So, we created a superior quality, customizable timepiece for around $1,000. We started by developing two signature models: the LSO, which is vital to how the Navy times landings, and the TAILHOOK, which is a key component in landing aircraft safely onboard the carrier.” A couple of years later, De Pol high quality replica watches now offers dial customization, in addition to notable premium leather straps, stainless bracelets, and meticulous engraving.
In addition to their sporty sophistication and many custom options, functionality was an essential component. “We exclusively use Swiss movements in order to maintain precision, accuracy, and quality. Precise timing, especially with our LSO model, is critical, since we encourage these watches to be used as tools,” De Pol explains. The LSO model assists Landing Signal Officers (LSOs) in timing and grading aircraft as they land aboard the carrier.