It’s been a long time since I’ve worn or shot a pilots watch. It’s not a style that normally finds itself in my collection because I tend to opt for divers, casual watches, and dress watches, so it’s been nice to spend a few months with the P-51.
In typical LIV style, the P-51 came ready to perform once the camera came out. The rich blue dial and ceramic bezel pair brilliantly with the tan Barenia leather strap. The indicators on the bezel are coated with Swiss Super-Luminova, as are the insets on the hour and minute hands.
A silhouette of the P-51 Mustang rests between the 7 and 8 o’clock hour markers, an overt visual cue and celebration of the watch’s namesake. It’s not a perfect rendition of the P-51, but from eye level, the airplane does its job of evoking the feeling of America’s iconic WWII fighter.
The handsome face is busy, but thanks to being oversized, the eye has no problem finding its destination.
The 46 mm Titanium Case
I know larger case sizes are on-trend, but my flag is firmly planted in the “less is more” category. Having tiny 6.75″ wrists may be a factor in my thought process. Sizing up at a hefty 46mm in diameter, and standing a full 15.5mm tall, the P-51 dominates the wrist of anyone that wears it.
The P-51 has a unidirectional titanium and ceramic bezel, with 120 clicks and BGW9 Super-LuimiNova applied to the numbers/indexes, and a screw-down crown. It’s rated for 100 m / 330 ft of water resistance, which is sufficient for a watch you would wear every day. You shouldn’t go swimming with it, but you can get it wet without worry.
LIV uses sapphire on the top and back of the crystal, and when paired with a titanium case, it should hold up to the abuses of daily wear and look good for a long time. With proper care and maintenance, there’s no reason the P-51 couldn’t find its way to more than one generation of wrist in your family.