So while the IWC Mark series is a gold standard of classic pilot's watches, Laco does more than work in a pinch; it's a legitimate aviation companion in its own right, with its own credentials. So until you come up with a spare $5,000 to lay down, the Laco shouldn't feel like a substitute.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor for Supercompressor. He frequently has not only a watch tan, but a watch tan SUNBURN, from when he takes off the watch. Hear him testify about it on Twitter @ewolffmann.