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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic
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IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar Grey Ceramic/Textile 48mm
C$ 15,706
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
760
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Ceramic
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IWC Pilot's Chronograph 46mm TOP GUN Miramar - IW388002
C$ 12,251
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
760
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IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 Steel
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IWC Pilot watch automatic - IW324001
C$ 4,752
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
760
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IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 Steel
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IWC Pilot's Watch Automathc Silver Steel 36mm - IW324006
C$ 5,353
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
760
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IWC Big Pilot Red gold
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Rose
C$ 54,636
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Blue Arabic numerals
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince IW377714
C$ 6,283
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Chrono Hour Passion
377
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot Slow Beat
C$ 13,591
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
47
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IWC Pilot Mark 40mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW324801 Mark XVIII Hodinkee Edition Ceramic (31284)
C$ 10,859
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European Watch Company
257
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph IW377801
C$ 8,878
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Black/Leather 2016 - IW377709
C$ 6,022
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
760
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
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IWC : Classic Pilot's Chronograph : IW371704 : Stainless Steel
C$ 5,559
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Bernard Watch Co.
342
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IWC Pilot Mark Steel 38mm Silver Arabic numerals
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IWC Mark XV Die Fliegeruhr Automatic - IW 325307
C$ 3,611
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Pawndeluxe
330
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IWC Big Pilot Platinum 46.2mm Silver Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot's Watch "Father & Son" IW5004-13
C$ 34,079
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WatchBox
443
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IWC Big Pilot Steel
IWC Big Pilot
C$ 12,225
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377709
C$ 6,010
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Chrono Hour Passion
377
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IWC Pilot Mark Ceramic 39mm Black Arabic numerals Canada, toronto
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Hodinkee Edition
C$ 8,000
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Pilot Mark Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW325501 Mark XVI Black Dial SS (30991)
C$ 4,712
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European Watch Company
257
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC St. Exupery Pilots Chronograph Special Edition IW371709
C$ 8,605
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
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IWC Pilot Mark Steel
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IWC Pilot's Watch mark XVIII Black - IW327001
C$ 4,766
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
760
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Canada, Montreal
IWC Schaffhausen Flieger Pilot Chronograph 3777-09 Box Papers
C$ 4,986
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Time Merchants
83
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IWC Big Pilot Bronze Black Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot Bronze Limited Edition IW501005
C$ 15,264
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Harley's Time LLC
370
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph IW3778-01
C$ 8,400
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WatchBox
443
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IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Boutique Edition
C$ 43,709
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Pilot Mark Ceramic 41mm Blue
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IWC Pilot Mark iw324703
C$ 7,103
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Chrono Hour Passion
377
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals Canada, Montréal
IWC Big Pilot
C$ 10,500
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Private Seller
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Ceramic 44mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW378901 Top Gun Ceramic Pilot Chronograph (30052)
C$ 7,308
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European Watch Company
257
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IWC Pilot Mark Steel 41mm Black No numerals
IWC Pilots Mark XVII IW326501
C$ 5,259
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
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IWC Pilot Mark Ceramic 41mm Blue Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Mark
C$ 7,512
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White Glove Watch Company
14
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Mint IWC Classic Pilot Chronograph Black Day Date 42mm...
C$ 4,566
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
106
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm White Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph 150 Anniversary Limited model IW377725
C$ 9,937
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Harley's Time LLC
370
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph IW3706-03
C$ 5,395
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WatchBox
443
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IWC Pilot
IWC Exupery UTC Limited to 500
C$ 17,757
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Big Pilot Steel
IWC BIG PILOT “FATHER EDITION”
C$ 17,620
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Royal Jewelers
14
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IWC Pilot Mark Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
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IWC Pilot Mark
C$ 4,506
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Big Pilot 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW502618 Big Pilot Orange Perpetual Calendar SS LIMITED...
C$ 33,464
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European Watch Company
257
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC 3706 Pilot Chronograph
C$ 5,873
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic 48mm Canada, Montreal
IWC Big Pilots Top Gun 7 Days Miramar Ceramic 48MM Ref.IW501902
C$ 13,900
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Timeless Watches
16
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Grey Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot
C$ 20,079
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Luxury Time NYC
19
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black
IWC Big Pilot Ref #5004
C$ 11,952
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Greis Jewelers
8
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Steel 44mm Blue Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot "Le Petite Prince" Double Chronograph Limited...
C$ 11,542
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WatchBox
443
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IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36
IWC IW324019
C$ 11,337
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Pilot Mark Yellow gold 36mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Mark XII 12
C$ 12,088
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World Of Watches NYC
 
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel Black Arabic numerals Canada, Ontario, Toronto
IWC Pilot Chronograph
C$ 5,805
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Private Seller
 
CA
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW500429 Big Pilot 7 Day SS Las Vegas Limited Edition (31076)
C$ 12,703
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European Watch Company
257
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IWC Big Pilot Platinum 46mm Blue No numerals
IWC Big Pilot Platinum Limited Edition IW5002-03
C$ 32,781
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Exquisite Timepieces
39
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IWC Pilot White gold 44mm Brown Canada, Montreal
IWC Pilot’s UTC Antoine de Saint Exupery White Gold Limited...
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Timeless Watches
16
CA
IWC Big Pilot Bronze 46.2mm Black
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IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage
C$ 19,700
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WatchesofMayfair.com
602
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Blue
IWC Petit Prince Big Pilot Special Edition Ref. IW 500916 Blue...
C$ 12,292
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LTW (Luxury Time Watches)
14
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IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 Steel 36mm Silver Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot's Watch IW3240-06
C$ 5,122
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WatchBox
443
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph
C$ 5,190
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot's Chronograph 42mm Automatic Day Date Steel Ref....
C$ 5,122
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WatchMen
73
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
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IWC Pilot Chronograph - Online Boutique Limited Edition
C$ 6,823
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun 44.5mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW389001 Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic 44.5MM (30555)
C$ 9,903
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European Watch Company
257
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IWC Big Pilot Black
IWC Big Pilot 5002 Automatic 7 day Movement 46mm
C$ 11,603
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Watches 24 Seven, LLC
69
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IWC Big Pilot Rose gold 46mm Brown Arabic numerals Canada, Montreal
IWC Big Pilot “ST-Exupery” Perpetual Calendar Rose Gold LTD...
Price on request
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Timeless Watches
16
CA
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
C$ 5,361
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Fashion Ace, Inc
10
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IWC Pilot Mark Ceramic 41mm Blue
IWC Next IW324703 Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition
C$ 6,823
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JapanEasy Watches
247
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IWC Pilot Mark Steel 38mm Silver Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot's Spitfire Mark XV IW3253-14
C$ 5,395
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WatchBox
443
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic 48mm Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
C$ 15,708
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Chad Warrick
20
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Blue
IWC Big Pilot 46mm Le Petit Prince" Blue Dial Limited Edition...
C$ 15,230
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WatchMen
73
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
C$ 6,556
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Private Seller
 
US
IWC Big Pilot Titanium 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW501004 Big Pilot Heritage Titanium UNWORN (30967)
C$ 14,342
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European Watch Company
257
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IWC Pilot Mark 20mm Black
IWC PILOTS CERAMIC MARK XVIII HODINKEE LIMITED EDITION
C$ 10,586
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Watches 24 Seven, LLC
69
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IWC Pilot Mark
IWC Mark XVI "Spitfire" 3255
C$ 3,346
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The Goldenswan Inc
25
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IWC Pilot's Watches: Pioneers in Aviation

Pilot's watches are IWC's specialty. The Swiss manufacturer has been producing high-quality pilot's watches since 1936, including the classics that make up the Mark series. Currently, they offer around two dozen different pilot's watch series.

Highlights

  • Pilot's watch tradition goes back to 1936
  • Trendy 46-mm Big Pilot watch
  • Mark XVIII, a classic pilot's watch
  • Ceramic, red gold, and stainless steel cases
  • Special editions: Spitfire, Top Gun, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Creating Pilot's Watches in Schaffhausen for Over 80 Years

The International Watch Company, also known as IWC, presented their first pilot's watch in 1936. Since then, IWC has been considered the pioneer in developing and manufacturing pilot's watches.

The original watch from 1936 had a diameter of 37.5 mm, making it relatively large for its time. This special watch had a finely ridged bezel with marker needle, enabling the wearer to record short periods of time. Not all planes were equipped with a fuel indicator in the 1930s, so pilots kept track of the flight time via the watch bezel. This allowed them to monitor the flight time, fuel consumption, and cruising range. Large, light-colored Arabic numerals and a black dial define the look of this special watch. The decentralized seconds is located at six o'clock. The escapement is protected against magnetism, which can negatively impact a timepiece's precision. Many features of this original watch are still being used today. Current pilot's watches have stark color contrasts and luminous hands to make them more legible, and many have streamlined designs featuring protection against magnetism.

The 52-caliber T. S. C. Big Pilot's Watch (reference number 431) followed in 1940 with an impressive 55-mm diameter case. IWC delivered this timepiece to the German Air Force. It was not the watch's size, but rather the rest of its design, that has influenced the look of classic pilot's watches to this day. Black/white dial contrast, sword hands, stick indices, Arabic numerals, and a triangle at 12 o'clock all remain typical design features of classic pilot's watches.

Big Pilot

The watch from the 1940s was succeeded by the Big Pilot. IWC has been producing this 46-mm stainless steel watch with a black dial since 2002. The watch isn't as big as its predecessors, but its new size is more practical. The 55-mm cases were meant to be worn over flight suits and weren't created for everyday civilian use. The Big Pilot has a seven-day power reserve thanks to a long mainspring and a special winding mechanism, the Pellaton winding system. It's named after its inventor, Albert Pellaton, who was the technical director at IWC for many years. In 1950, he patented this new technology whereby an automatic watch is wound bidirectionally by the natural movements of the wearer's arm. The round power reserve display is located at three o'clock.

From the Mark 11 to the Mark XVIII

One of IWC's top pilot's watches, the Mark XVIII, has its roots in 1948. IWC introduced the simple pilot's watch Mark 11 in that year; a watch that served as the Royal Air Force's service watch for 30 years. The name "Mark" comes from the RAF as well; the British used the term to refer to all interchangeable air force equipment that came from different manufacturers. In 1981, the RAF gradually phased out the Mark 11. By that time, IWC had made 8,000 timepieces for the military and 1,500 for civilian use. In 1994, IWC presented the watch's successor and switched to using Roman numerals for the name Mark XII.

The Mark XVIII, with a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 11 mm, has been available since 2016. Visually, it's not too different from the Mark 11. The wide sword hands, which replaced the older baton hands, immediately catch the eye. However, IWC made some concessions to keep the watch technologically up to date: The watch features a date display and an automatic movement instead of the legendary manual Caliber 89.

IWC also produces the Pilot's Watch Automatic 36. It's modeled after the Mark XVIII in terms of design, but has a smaller case diameter of 36 mm.

Pilot's Chronograph

The Pilot's Watch Chronograph isn't as minimalistic as the Mark XVIII. The 43-mm watch features a stopwatch function as well as three subdials. The small seconds at nine o'clock catches the eye thanks to a small red seconds hand standing out against the black/white color scheme. Its caliber, caliber 79320, is based on the popular Valjoux 7750 movement produced by the world's largest ébauche manufacturer, the ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA).

Dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

One of IWC's series is dedicated to the pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. The Frenchman was presumed dead in 1944 after disappearing during a reconnaissance mission while flying his Lockheed P-38. The series has a distinctive retro touch and the watches stand out with their characteristic blue or brown dial. They all come with a brown calfskin strap. The watches' case backs feature Saint-Exupéry related engravings, such as a P-38 or a portrait of the man himself. The collection also features a split-seconds chronograph. With this chronograph, you can time intervals while continuing to time another event.

Honoring the Spitfire

The Spitfire series pays homage to the most well-known pursuit plane from the Second World War. The case back features an engraving of the plane's silhouette from a bird's eye view. Most Spitfire watches can be identified by a slate gray dial.

Top Gun: The US Navy's Fighter Pilots

IWC entered the era of jet planes with their Top Gun series. The name refers to the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, more commonly known as Top Gun. Top Gun is also the name of a successful 1986 film starring Tom Cruise. The watches in the Top Gun series all feature a ceramic case, setting them apart from the other pilot's watches. The backside features an engraving of the Top Gun logo. The series also includes variations on other well-known IWC pilot's watches, such as the Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun, based on the Big Pilot. The case, strap, crown, and dial are completely black, while the hands, numerals, and stick indices are white.

Buying Advice

Do you want an authentic pilot's watch? IWC has been producing pilot's watches for civilian and military use since the 1930s. Very few Swiss manufacturers have a connection to aviation like IWC does. Their most significant competitor in this regard is Breitling.

If you want to stay trendy with a larger watch, then the 46-mm Big Pilot is a good choice. New versions made of stainless steel cost around 10,000 euros. If you prefer a red gold case, then the Big Pilot from the Spitfire series costs a total of 21,000 euros new.

Some of these pilot's watches also offer special complications. The Timezoner Chronograph can display multiple time zones. The Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar from the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry series has a perpetual calendar and perpetual moon phase display and shows the date, day of the week, month, and year.

The Mark XVIII is much less complicated; it features only one complication, a date display. The watch closely resembles the legendary Mark 11 used by the RAF. New, you can buy a simple Mark XVIII for around 3,500 euros. A vintage Mark 11 from the 1950s costs double that. The original Mark 11 had a diameter of 36 mm, but pilot's watches that size have become rare. IWC brought back the standard 36-mm size with their Pilot's Watch Automatic 36. New, it costs between 3,000 and 4,000 euros.

IWC: Success After a Rocky Start

IWC was manufacturing watches well before their first pilot's watches were made in 1936. However, they had a bit of a bumpy start. Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841 - 1916), an American, founded the International Watch Company in 1868 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Jones wanted to produce watches cheaply in Switzerland and sell them for profit in the United States. However, expensive import taxes prevented this from being a successful business model. After switching owners multiple times and declaring bankruptcy twice, IWC remained in the hands of the Rauschenbach and Homberger families from 1880 to 1978. IWC was heavily affected by the Quartz Crisis and again switched owners. Since 2000, the company has been a part of the Richemont Group along with other luxury brands such as A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, and Panerai.

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