IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watch became an instantaneous vintage when it was re-released in 2002, and the watch world found the unveiling of new IWC Pilots’ models at January’s SIHH (for information on these, just click here and here). But its background exercises much further back in its history. In this feature from the WatchTime archives, we explore the best Pilot and its own many evolutions on the decades.
This timepiece has remaining its tag on the look of pilots’ watches today – as well as similar models from German manufacturers just like a. Lange & Söhne,
IWC Big Pilot History 55
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Distinguishing characteristics were the military triangle flanked by two dots at 12 o’clock, a sans serif typeface for the numerals (such as a 1 that looks like an unadorned vertical pub), and rhombic hands. Each one of these features can be found today on virtually all current IWC pilots’ watches. Even the Tag XVIII preserves the family’s design, although its prototype, the Mark 11 pilots’ watch designed for the Royal Air Pressure in 1949, used other hands and marks.
However the successor of the original model wasn’t unveiled until 2002, when IWC re-released the Big Pilot’s Watch with a 46-mm-diameter metal case and in-house seven-day Caliber 5011. Using its large, eye-catching size and sleekly simple design, this watch distinguished itself as a masculine statement on the wrist soon. In addition to the quality dial, the conical crown is another unmistakable feature, and an user-friendly one, too, since the crown’s form makes it simple to use when putting on gloves.
IWC Big Pilot Heritage 48
e diameter of the situation of the classical Big Pilot’s Watch has remained unchanged (46 mm) from 2002 for this day, although current versions encase the improved Caliber 51111. Just like the Tag models, the best Pilot’s Watch is one of the Vintage Collection, whose watches have casebacks imprinted with a graphic of the classic Junkers Ju 52 aircraft. The watch has a strap crafted by the artisanal Italian leather and shoe goods producer Santoni. As time passes, IWC has generated the Big Pilot’s watch family into a small collection. Here, IWC pursues a number of different pathways: the new models are more historical, newer, more complicated or even more elegant than the traditional.
IIWC Big Pilot History 48 Bronze
500 Pieces, $13,200)
e Classic Collection also includes four Traditions models that are worth a closer look definitely. e 48-mm-diameter Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage 48 encases IWC’s own hand-wound eight-day Caliber 59215 and day display, but a much greater impact is attained by the best Pilot’s Watch History 55: its 55-mm-diameter case consists of hand-wound manufacture Caliber 98300, which amasses a 46-hour power reserve. Here, IWC is resuming its original diameter of 55 mm. With beige luminous materials and a matte case, the newcomer’s style comes very near to its predecessor, if it has a little seconds subdial even; the initial model experienced a central mere seconds hand.
And the limited model of just one 1, Each is outfitted with a soft-iron internal case to safeguard the motion against magnetic areas – the predecessor lacked this useful fine detail. that provides a view of the total amount and, relating to IWC, detracts from the safety against magnetism scarcely.
IWC Big Pilot Watch Spitfire
IWC offers a stylish version of the Big Pilot’s Watch in the Spitfire collection. Here the 46-mm case is constructed of rose gold, a sunburst design embellishes the anthracite-colored dial, and an engraving of the Spitfire fighter jet adorns the relative back. This line also contains a version that has the useful problem of an electronic twelve-monthly calendar: the 46-mm Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Spitfire is driven by produce Caliber 52850, which amasses a seven- day power reserve and can be adored through the sapphire back.
Here, too, the titanium back again bears the Top Gun emblem as an alleviation engraving. The wristband appears like it’s textile but is in fact manufactured from patterned calfskin for higher durability.
IWC Big Pilot Watch Top
Another known person in this line is the complicated Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun, which houses automated Caliber 51614,
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
ere are also elegant models that commemorate People from france author and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his famous reserve, e Little Prince (Le Petit Prince). e classical Big Pilot’s Watch happens to be available in a 46-mm steel case only as the best Pilot’s Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince” with a blue sunburst-embellished dial. e Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edi- tion “Le Petit Prince” understands which weeks have thirty days and that have 31 times, so that it needs ual correction only at the start of March man-. IWC offers it in increased platinum or in white yellow metal, each in a restricted group of 250 watches. e sapphire back reveals a planet-shaped rotor and a por- characteristic of the tiny Prince predicated on Saint Exupéry’s sketch, which he contained in his book.
IWC Big Pilots Watch Le Petit
limited by 250 watches also, but only in rose silver.
THE BEST Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Model “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” requires manual correction even less frequently because its calendar mechanism also switches properly by the end of Feb – and will so not only in regular years, but in jump years also. This steel watch has a sapphire back. The rose-gold rotor bears the letter A – the original of the first name of the pilot and writer; another notice A is on the dial. Unlike the perpetual calendar in the very best Gun collection, this watch has a straightforward moon-phase screen. IWC uses the elegant numerals with serifs on the gross annual calendars and on the perpetual calendar in this edition.
IWC Big Pilots
Watch Annual Calendar Saint-Exupéry
IWC in addition has released numerous special editions over time: the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition DFB, the state watch of the German country wide team, orange or red numerals. the existing collection includes 12 the latest models of. A lot more than one-third of most IWC pilots’ pieces are Big Pilot’s Pieces.
IWC Big Pilots
Watch 8-Day Power Reserve
Ref. 500912, Caliber 51111, the dial has a 9, new wristband, 46 mm ($12,900)
Prices start at $12, 200. Followers of the best Pilot’s Watch can anticipate other variations in the foreseeable future.