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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
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Przedsiębiorstwo Handlowe Usługowe
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IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Rose gold
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IWC Big Pilot 7 Days Buenos Aires LE 30Pcs. Rosegold
17,300 
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Tradeluxe Uhrenhandels GmbH
64
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IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Steel
IWC Big Pilots Antoine de Saint Exupery Edition IW500422
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun new 46mm Ceramic
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 40mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Der Flieger Chronograph - 370607
3,299 
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Pawndeluxe
256
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IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Steel
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IWC Große Fliegeruhr Big Pilot Ref. IW500901
9,690 
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Uhren2000 GmbH
381
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IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46.2mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot
7,750 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
863
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchrono
3,700 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
403
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 39mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph 39mm Automatik, WIE UNGETRAGEN, B&P,...
2,990 
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chronopark GmbH
 
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IWC Pilot Chronograph new 43mm Steel
IWC PILOT CHRONO LE PETIT PRINCE 43mm BLUE DIAL IW 377714
4,980 
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SORELLE RONCO
1178
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IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 39mm Steel
IWC Pilots Mark XV IW325307
3,403 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
291
UK
IWC Pilot (Submodel) pre-owned 44mm White gold
IWC Pilot Saint Exupery 320102 Power Reserve White Gold
9,691 
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Premium Watches
14
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun new 48mm Ceramic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
24,793 
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The Cheshire Watch Company Ltd
 
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 44mm Ceramic
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
5,290 
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC IW377709 Flieger Pilot Chronograph SS (30454)
3,799 
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European Watch Company
202
US
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46.2mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot
7,675 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
863
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Red gold
IWC Fliegerchrono
8,750 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
403
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph 41mm Steel
IWC Pilot Chronograph "Antoine de Saint-Exupery“, Dark Brown,...
4,290 
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chronopark GmbH
 
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph new 43mm Steel
IWC PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH Day Date Black Dial/Leather 43mm
4,460 
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SORELLE RONCO
1178
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 46mm Ceramic
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388006
9,804 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
291
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IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 36mm Steel
IWC Military Mark XI Vintage Fliegeruhr 6B/346
5,295 
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Westend-Juwelier
20
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IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 38mm Steel
IWC Mark XV
3,550 
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
4,590 
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Steel
IWC IW500901 Big Pilot SS / Alligator (30105)
7,143 
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European Watch Company
202
US
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46.2mm Rose gold
IWC Big Pilot 7-Days Gassan Limited Edition Rosé Gold
18,950 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
863
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 46mm Ceramic
IWC Fliegerchrono Keramik
7,250 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
403
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IWC Pilot Mark 39mm Steel
IWC Mark XVI Pilot`s Watch Flieger Automatik, Uhrmacher...
2,890 
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chronopark GmbH
 
DE
IWC Pilot Mark new 40mm Steel
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION TRIBUTE TO MARK 11 IW327007
4,950 
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SORELLE RONCO
1178
IT
IWC Pilot (Submodel) pre-owned 45mm Steel
IWC Pilot World Timer IW326201
5,709 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
291
UK
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot Special Edition Muhammad Ali Limited 250
12,595 
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Westend-Juwelier
20
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 39mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph
3,650 
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 39mm Steel
IWC Pilot FliegerChronograph PCV/DLC
3,075 
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Icône Watches
416
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC IW377701 Pilot Chronograph SS Black Dial 43MM (30291)
3,889 
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European Watch Company
202
US
IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Rose gold
IWC Big Pilot Spitfire Red Gold NEW
21,500 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
863
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 46mm Ceramic
IWC Fliegerchrono Keramik
7,600 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
403
DE
IWC Pilot Mark new 41mm Ceramic
IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “laureus Sport For Good...
4,600 
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Mall of the Watch
1041
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph pre-owned 44mm Steel
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Black Steel Bracelet IW3711
6,250 
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SORELLE RONCO
1178
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IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 40mm Steel
IWC Mark XVII
2,500 
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 36mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Chronograph - 3741
1,845 
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Trophies Watches
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph
3,950 
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
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IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 28mm Steel
IWC Mark XII ref. 4421 Pilot Watch 28 mm box & card 1990's
2,624 
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Vintage Watch: Fabsuisse
31
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 44mm Ceramic
IWC IW378901 Top Gun Ceramic Pilot Chronograph (30052)
6,213 
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European Watch Company
202
US
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Flieger Doppelchronograph
4,850 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
863
NL
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Red gold
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
16,700 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
403
DE
IWC Pilot Mark new 40mm Steel
IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII – Iw327011
3,700 
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Mall of the Watch
1041
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IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 new 36mm Steel
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 Steel Blue Dial/Leather IWC324008
3,450 
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SORELLE RONCO
1178
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince
3,600 
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun pre-owned 48mm Ceramic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Perpetual Calendar
16,950 
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Icône Watches
416
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
4,112 
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Watch Hunters
 
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petite Prince [MINT]
3,929 
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Pave Jewelers
19
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IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Rose gold
IWC IW502804 Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Rose Gold Limited 50...
31,736 
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European Watch Company
202
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Flieger Doppelchronograph
5,250 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
863
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 39mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph Pilots Chronograph 3706 Full Set
2,999 
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maxwatches.eu
637
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IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Titanium
IWC Big Pilot’s Iw501004
9,800 
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Mall of the Watch
1041
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IWC Pilot Mark new 40mm Steel
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Black Dial Leather Strap IWC 327001
3,500 
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SORELLE RONCO
1178
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
5,377 
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Gold Time
24
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IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot's Stahl Black 46mm 8-Tage Werk ungetragen B+P
10,449 
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Uhrenkapital
384
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC Pilot Chronograph
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Juwelier van Willegen Rotterdam
17
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph pre-owned Steel
IWC Pilots Double Doppel Chrono IW3711
4,377 
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fitzroviawatches.co.uk
167
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 44.5mm
IWC IW389001 Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic 44.5MM (30555)
7,375 
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European Watch Company
202
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IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 38mm Steel
IWC Fliegeruhr Spitfire Mark XV
2,750 
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
863
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph 3717 Spitfire Pilot Chronograph
2,699 
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maxwatches.eu
637
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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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