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IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Le Petit Prince" - IW32701
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IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Le Petit Prince" - IW32701
C$ 5,789
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
431
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
C$ 6,101
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
431
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "150 Years" White/Leather
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "150 Years" White/Leather
C$ 9,899
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
431
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IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
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IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
C$ 4,610
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
431
US
IWC Big Pilot Bronze Limited Edition IW501005
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IWC Big Pilot Bronze Limited Edition IW501005
C$ 14,884
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Harley's Time LLC
227
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
C$ 29,836
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
35
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IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Rose
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Rose
C$ 54,246
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Chad Warrick
16
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IWC Big Pilot “Le Petit Prince” Stainless Steel Watch IW501002
IWC Big Pilot “Le Petit Prince” Stainless Steel Watch IW501002
C$ 11,526
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Avi & Co NY
100
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IWC Schaffhausen World War II Pilots
IWC Schaffhausen World War II Pilots
C$ 5,696
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Knight Watch & Jewelry Co.
7
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IWC : Mark XVIII Heritage :  IW327006 :  Titanium
IWC : Mark XVIII Heritage : IW327006 : Titanium
C$ 5,303
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Bernard Watch Co.
287
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IWC IW378901 Top Gun Ceramic Pilot Chronograph (30052)
IWC IW378901 Top Gun Ceramic Pilot Chronograph (30052)
C$ 9,425
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European Watch Company
189
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IWC Blue Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince Box Papers
IWC Blue Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince Box Papers
C$ 5,933
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Time Trade & Trust
9
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun IW501901
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun IW501901
C$ 12,205
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Scorpio Luxury Corp
36
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377701
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377701
C$ 5,764
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Precision Watches
71
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Antoine de Saint Exupéry
IWC Pilot Chronograph Antoine de Saint Exupéry
C$ 14,850
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
35
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IWC Exupery UTC Limited to 500
IWC Exupery UTC Limited to 500
C$ 17,630
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Chad Warrick
16
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IWC Spitfire Split Second (Double) Chronograph
IWC Spitfire Split Second (Double) Chronograph
C$ 6,103
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Private Seller
CA
IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince Iw5009 Stainless Steel
IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince Iw5009 Stainless Steel
C$ 13,187
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OCWG Inc.
98
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IWC : Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun :  IW389001 :  Black...
IWC : Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun : IW389001 : Black...
C$ 12,565
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Bernard Watch Co.
287
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IWC IW500901 Big Pilot SS / Alligator (30105)
IWC IW500901 Big Pilot SS / Alligator (30105)
C$ 10,836
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European Watch Company
189
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IWC TOP GUN Pilot Double Chrono Split Second Day-Date Black 46mm
IWC TOP GUN Pilot Double Chrono Split Second Day-Date Black 46mm
C$ 12,138
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Time Trade & Trust
9
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IWC Pilot's Watch mark XVIII Black - IW327001
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IWC Pilot's Watch mark XVIII Black - IW327001
C$ 4,732
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
431
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IWC Pilot Mark Le Petit Prince Mark XVIII SS Midnight Blue Dial
IWC Pilot Mark Le Petit Prince Mark XVIII SS Midnight Blue Dial
C$ 4,787
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Luxury Watch Buyer
52
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IWC Big Pilot Bronze
IWC Big Pilot Bronze
C$ 13,494
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
35
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IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
C$ 12,138
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Chad Warrick
16
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Pink
IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Pink
C$ 40,007
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
18
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IWC Pilot Collection Chronograph Petit Prince Edition 43mm...
IWC Pilot Collection Chronograph Petit Prince Edition 43mm...
C$ 6,611
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Element iN Time NYC
181
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IWC : Classic Pilot's Chronograph :  IW371704 :  Stainless Steel
IWC : Classic Pilot's Chronograph : IW371704 : Stainless Steel
C$ 5,520
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Bernard Watch Co.
287
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IWC MINT IWC Pilot Chronograph Black 43mm 3777 IW377701 377-01...
IWC MINT IWC Pilot Chronograph Black 43mm 3777 IW377701 377-01...
C$ 5,144
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Collectors Coins of Lynbrook LLC
14
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IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Edition Tribute to Mark XI IW327007
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IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Edition Tribute to Mark XI IW327007
C$ 7,387
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Uhren2000 GmbH
376
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IWC Pilot Top Gun Miramar Iw389002 Ceramic
IWC Pilot Top Gun Miramar Iw389002 Ceramic
C$ 11,081
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OCWG Inc.
98
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IWC BIG PILOT PETITE PRINCE
IWC BIG PILOT PETITE PRINCE
C$ 33,768
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Royal Jewelers
11
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IWC Big Pilot Slow Beat
IWC Big Pilot Slow Beat
C$ 13,494
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
35
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IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
C$ 52,212
Seller
Chad Warrick
16
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IWC Fliegerchronograph
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IWC Fliegerchronograph
C$ 6,442
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Private Seller
 
US
IWC Pilot Collection UTC TZC Platinum 39mm Blue Dial Limited...
IWC Pilot Collection UTC TZC Platinum 39mm Blue Dial Limited...
C$ 14,884
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Element iN Time NYC
181
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IWC : Spitfire Flyback Chronograph :  IW387804 :  Stainless Steel
IWC : Spitfire Flyback Chronograph : IW387804 : Stainless Steel
C$ 7,120
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Bernard Watch Co.
287
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Iw377701 Automatic Stainless Steel 43mm...
IWC Pilot Chronograph Iw377701 Automatic Stainless Steel 43mm...
C$ 4,747
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Priceless Shine Inc
36
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IWC Pilot Mark XVIII - Top Gun Miramar 324702
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII - Top Gun Miramar 324702
C$ 5,764
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Watch Exchange Co.
147
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IWC Pilot Split Chrono - Antoine De Saint Exupery Iw371808...
IWC Pilot Split Chrono - Antoine De Saint Exupery Iw371808...
C$ 11,081
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OCWG Inc.
98
US
IWC BIG PILOT “FATHER EDITION”
IWC BIG PILOT “FATHER EDITION”
C$ 17,494
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Royal Jewelers
11
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IWC 3706 Flieger Chronograph Pilots
IWC 3706 Flieger Chronograph Pilots
C$ 4,474
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WearingTime LLC
20
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
C$ 15,596
Seller
Chad Warrick
16
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IWC Pilot Worldtimer IW326201
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IWC Pilot Worldtimer IW326201
C$ 7,186
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Pilot Collection Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Boutique 18k...
IWC Pilot Collection Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Boutique 18k...
C$ 42,685
Seller
Element iN Time NYC
181
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IWC : Big Pilot :  IW500912 :  Stainless steel
IWC : Big Pilot : IW500912 : Stainless steel
C$ 11,866
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Bernard Watch Co.
287
US
IWC Big Pilot 7 Days Power Reserve Automatic Steel Mens Watch...
IWC Big Pilot 7 Days Power Reserve Automatic Steel Mens Watch...
C$ 11,188
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Priceless Shine Inc
36
US
IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
C$ 9,832
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Radcliffe
118
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IWC Pilot's Chronograph TOP GUN iw389001
IWC Pilot's Chronograph TOP GUN iw389001
C$ 13,006
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Prestige Time
227
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph 377717 Petit Prince Blue - 2018
IWC Pilot Chronograph 377717 Petit Prince Blue - 2018
C$ 6,442
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Watch Exchange Co.
147
US
IWC Big Pilot Ref #5004
IWC Big Pilot Ref #5004
C$ 11,866
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Greis Jewelers
 
US
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Boutique Edition
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Boutique Edition
C$ 43,397
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Chad Warrick
16
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IWC Pilots Flyback Chronograph Antoine De Saint Exupery
IWC Pilots Flyback Chronograph Antoine De Saint Exupery
C$ 9,324
Seller
Sansom Watches
67
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IWC Pilot Collection Big Pilot 18k Rose Gold 46mm Slate Dial
IWC Pilot Collection Big Pilot 18k Rose Gold 46mm Slate Dial
C$ 31,449
Seller
Element iN Time NYC
181
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IWC : Big Pilot 'Slow Beat' 7-Day :  IW500201 :  Stainless Steel
IWC : Big Pilot 'Slow Beat' 7-Day : IW500201 : Stainless Steel
C$ 13,270
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Bernard Watch Co.
287
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IWC Big Pilot 5002 Power Reserve 46mm Stainless Steel Automati...
IWC Big Pilot 5002 Power Reserve 46mm Stainless Steel Automati...
C$ 11,527
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Priceless Shine Inc
36
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IWC Spitfire Pilot's Rare Watch 42mm Doppelchronograph Iw3713...
IWC Spitfire Pilot's Rare Watch 42mm Doppelchronograph Iw3713...
C$ 8,814
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Diamonds East International
54
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IWC IW388001
IWC IW388001
C$ 9,358
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Prestige Time
227
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IWC Pilot Chrono yr. 2016 B&P MINT conditon
IWC Pilot Chrono yr. 2016 B&P MINT conditon
C$ 6,103
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Orlando Watch Company
 
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IWC Pilots Top Gun Edition Black Ceramic Automatic IW388001...
IWC Pilots Top Gun Edition Black Ceramic Automatic IW388001...
C$ 13,284
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Swiss Time Buyers
19
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IWC Mark Xii 18k Yellow Gold Complete Set. Ref: 3241-003
IWC Mark Xii 18k Yellow Gold Complete Set. Ref: 3241-003
C$ 11,527
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Burdeens Jewelry
34
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IWC St. Exupery Limited 18k Rose Gold Power Reserve Pilots...
IWC St. Exupery Limited 18k Rose Gold Power Reserve Pilots...
C$ 17,478
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Jewels in Time
67
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IWC Pilot Collection Pilot Double Chronograph Silver Spitfire...
IWC Pilot Collection Pilot Double Chronograph Silver Spitfire...
C$ 8,035
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Element iN Time NYC
181
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IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph Top Gun IW3799-01
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph Top Gun IW3799-01
C$ 10,103
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WatchBox
359
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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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