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IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 14,800
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Private Seller
 
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 10,205
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Private Seller
 
AE
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm UAE, dubai
IWC Big Pilot
AED 112,552
Seller
Private Seller
 
AE
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Steel 44mm Silver Arabic numerals UAE, Gold souq, Deira, Dubai
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
AED 20,000
Seller
Top Swiss Watches LLC
AE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Ceramic 48mm Black Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
AED 45,021
Seller
Private Seller
 
AE
IWC Big Pilot Rose gold 46mm Champagne Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Boutique Edition Limited 250 pcs
AED 112,177
Seller
The Golden Line
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals UAE, Abu Dhabi
IWC Pilot Chronograph 2014 STEEL 43mm Automatic IW377701
AED 14,819
Free shipping
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European Jewellery
72
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 19,509
Seller
Royal watches
67
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 36mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph flieger
AED 8,242
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 14,257
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Rose gold 46mm
IWC Spitfire
AED 153,569
Seller
MW Sportive GMBH
7
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Fliegerchronograph IW371701 Day Date B-P 2011
AED 14,564
Seller
Uhrtreff
111
DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun 48mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW502902 Top Gun Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Ceramic (31267)
AED 84,414
Seller
European Watch Company
260
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Flieger Chronograph
AED 16,484
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
997
NL
IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Rose gold 46mm Grey UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Date-Month Full Rose Gold
AED 86,665
Seller
The Golden Line
AE
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Steel 42mm Silver Arabic numerals UAE, Abu Dhabi
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph 2011 STEEL 2011 42mm
AED 14,219
Free shipping
Seller
European Jewellery
72
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Ceramic 46mm Brown UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 47,062
Seller
Royal watches
67
AE
IWC Pilot Mark Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Mark XVI Auto Ref. IW325501
AED 12,098
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
IWC Big Pilot Red gold
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Rose
AED 150,070
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black
IWC Big Pilots 2006 IW500401
AED 42,920
Seller
Luxury Bazaar
73
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Mint IWC Classic Pilot Chronograph Black Day Date 42mm...
AED 12,542
Free shipping
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
109
US
IWC Pilot Mark Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW325501 Mark XVI Black Dial SS (30991)
AED 12,944
Seller
European Watch Company
260
US
IWC Pilot Mark Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilots Mark XV IW325307
AED 14,243
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
327
UK
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Steel 43mm Brown Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
AED 30,014
Seller
The Golden Line
AE
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot
AED 30,547
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
997
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Blue Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 19,884
Seller
Royal watches
67
AE
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Steel 44mm Silver Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
AED 21,491
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
IWC Big Pilot Rose gold
IWC Big Pilot
AED 144,442
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black No numerals
IWC Flieger Chronograph Day/Date Pilot’s IW371701
AED 13,760
Seller
CHRONO WATCH
131
UK
IWC Pilot Spitfire UTC Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Classic Pilot UTC Watch IW325102
AED 15,007
Seller
Luxury Bazaar
73
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Ceramic 44mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW378901 Top Gun Ceramic Pilot Chronograph (30052)
AED 20,072
Seller
European Watch Company
260
US
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Steel 42mm Black
IWC Pilot Doppelchronograph ref. IW3711
AED 21,700
Seller
MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
72
IT
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph with Box and Papers
AED 16,657
Seller
Charles Fish
148
UK
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Flieger Doppelchronograph
AED 20,239
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
997
NL
IWC Big Pilot White gold 46mm UAE, Dubai
IWC Big Pilot
AED 67,344
Seller
Royal watches
67
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Blue Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph Laureus Limited Edition Blue
AED 17,423
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic 48mm Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
AED 43,145
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Blue Arabic numerals
TOP
IWC Big Pilot le Petit Prince
AED 32,287
Seller
Private Seller
 
HK
IWC Pilot Mark Steel Silver Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVI
AED 14,632
Seller
Luxury Bazaar
73
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW370603 Pilot Chronograph SS Black Dial (30762)
AED 14,632
Seller
European Watch Company
260
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph Flieger
AED 12,098
Seller
Watch Center Germany
14
DE
IWC Big Pilot Bronze Black Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot Bronze Limited Edition IW501005
AED 41,926
Seller
Harley's Time LLC
376
US
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black
IWC Big Pilot Muhammad Ali Limited Edition
AED 55,710
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
997
NL
IWC Big Pilot Platinum 46mm UAE, Dubai
IWC Big Pilot
AED 70,720
Seller
Royal watches
67
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph Flieger
AED 12,098
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
IWC Big Pilot Steel
IWC Big Pilot
AED 33,578
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
IWC Pilot Mark Steel 40mm Black Arabic numerals
TOP
IWC Pilot Mark
AED 12,377
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot Slow Beat
AED 37,330
Seller
Beverly Hills Watch Company
47
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Ceramic 46mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW388001 Top Gun Ceramic Pilot Chronograph (31350)
AED 27,575
Seller
European Watch Company
260
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Steel 42mm Silver
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph 371702 Day Date
AED 13,277
Seller
CHRONO WATCH
131
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm White Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph 150 Anniversary Limited model IW377725
AED 27,294
Seller
Harley's Time LLC
376
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Steel 43mm Grey Arabic numerals
IWC Flieger Chronograph Spitfire
AED 24,830
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
997
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Blue Arabic numerals UAE, Dubai
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 23,261
Seller
Royal watches
67
AE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 42mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 14,168
Seller
Watch Center London
920
UK
IWC Pilot
IWC Exupery UTC Limited to 500
AED 48,773
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Ceramic 46mm Brown Arabic numerals
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388006
AED 41,038
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
327
UK
IWC Big Pilot Steel
IWC BIG PILOT “FATHER EDITION”
AED 48,398
Seller
Royal Jewelers
15
US
IWC Pilot Mark 39mm Black Arabic numerals
IWC IW325504 Mark XVI Black Dial SS / SS (31093)
AED 14,632
Seller
European Watch Company
260
US
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Brown
IWC Big Pilot limited edition Saint Exupery N.O.S.
AED 43,817
Seller
MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
72
IT
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Arabic numerals
IWC Fliegeruhr Chronograph
AED 19,405
Seller
Michael Haban Uhren e.U.
17
AT
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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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