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IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
AED 39,000
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
AED 50,285
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IWC Big Pilot 1st Series Ref. IW5002 Year 2002
IWC Big Pilot 1st Series Ref. IW5002 Year 2002
AED 35,367
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Aix Tempora LLC – Momentum Dubai
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IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
AED 70,212
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39
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IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XII
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XII
AED 15,246
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
285
DE
IWC Big Pilot Champange Dial Perpetual Calendar Black Leathe
IWC Big Pilot Champange Dial Perpetual Calendar Black Leathe
AED 85,670
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Luxury Souq Dubai
 
AE
IWC Big Pilots Heritage IW501005
IWC Big Pilots Heritage IW501005
AED 53,717
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
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IWC Spitfire Double Chronograph Mens Watch Model IW371806
IWC Spitfire Double Chronograph Mens Watch Model IW371806
AED 25,329
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Haute Horologe
AE
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Petit Prince Special Edition IWC Blue Dial
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Petit Prince Special Edition IWC Blue Dial
AED 14,860
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SORELLE RONCO
769
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition “LE PETIT PRINCE” - IW3777
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition “LE PETIT PRINCE” - IW3777
AED 17,868
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CKLY Trading Limited
17
HK
IWC Pilot Watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince
IWC Pilot Watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince
AED 15,830
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Exquisite Timepieces
21
US
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
AED 23,578
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
US
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
AED 22,162
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Royal watches
21
US
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
AED 18,252
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
21
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 61,459
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Luxury Souq Dubai
21
US
IWC Split Seconds Doppel-Chronograph
IWC Split Seconds Doppel-Chronograph
AED 20,754
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
21
US
IWC Miramar Top Gun Chrono
IWC Miramar Top Gun Chrono
AED 37,500
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Haute Horologe
US
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION TRIBUTE TO MARK 11 IW327007
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION TRIBUTE TO MARK 11 IW327007
AED 19,240
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SORELLE RONCO
21
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IWC Mark XV
IWC Mark XV
AED 15,246
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
US
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII - IW327011
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII - IW327011
AED 16,109
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CKLY Trading Limited
21
US
IWC Die Fliegeruhr UTC Reference 3251
IWC Die Fliegeruhr UTC Reference 3251
AED 9,586
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
AED 28,942
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Royal watches
21
US
IWC Doppelchrono Keramik
IWC Doppelchrono Keramik
AED 35,431
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
21
US
IWC CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE IWC Vintage Collection Pilot Hand-wo
IWC CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE IWC Vintage Collection Pilot Hand-wo
AED 24,360
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Luxury Souq Dubai
21
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IWC Pilots Mark XV IW325307
IWC Pilots Mark XV IW325307
AED 14,406
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
21
US
IWC マーク16
IWC マーク16
AED 11,547
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BRAND SHOP LIPS
21
US
IWC Pilot Chronographe 43mm Edition Le Petit Prince
IWC Pilot Chronographe 43mm Edition Le Petit Prince
AED 22,547
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SORELLE RONCO
21
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IWC Fliegerchronograph
IWC Fliegerchronograph
AED 16,964
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
US
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
AED 12,688
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CKLY Trading Limited
21
US
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
AED 19,713
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AED 46,724
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Royal watches
21
US
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
AED 71,721
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
21
US
IWC Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN
IWC Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN
Price on request
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Luxury Souq Dubai
21
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388006
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388006
AED 41,509
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
21
US
IWC マーク15
IWC マーク15
AED 21,833
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BRAND SHOP LIPS
21
US
IWC PILOT Antoine de Saint Exupery The Last Flight IW 388004
IWC PILOT Antoine de Saint Exupery The Last Flight IW 388004
Price on request
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SORELLE RONCO
21
US
IWC Fliegerchronograph
IWC Fliegerchronograph
AED 15,676
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
US
IWC Pilot's Chronograph 46mm TOP GUN Miramar - IW388002
IWC Pilot's Chronograph 46mm TOP GUN Miramar - IW388002
AED 30,651
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CKLY Trading Limited
21
US
IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince 46mm
IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince 46mm
AED 35,000
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Rainbow Tech
US
IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
AED 66,860
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Royal watches
21
US
IWC Fliegerchrono
IWC Fliegerchrono
AED 15,890
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
21
US
IWC Pilot's Top Gun
IWC Pilot's Top Gun
AED 40,228
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Luxury Souq Dubai
21
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW371705
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW371705
AED 14,406
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
21
US
IWC マーク12 トリチウム 魚リューズ OH済
IWC マーク12 トリチウム 魚リューズ OH済
AED 18,847
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BRAND SHOP LIPS
21
US
IWC PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH Day Date Black Dial/Leather 43mm
IWC PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH Day Date Black Dial/Leather 43mm
AED 17,737
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SORELLE RONCO
21
US
IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Chronograph Iw389001
IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Chronograph Iw389001
AED 36,505
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Mall of the Watch
21
US
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Black/Leather 2016 - IW377709
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Black/Leather 2016 - IW377709
AED 16,442
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CKLY Trading Limited
21
US
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph IW377801
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph IW377801
AED 24,211
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Exquisite Timepieces
21
US
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
Price on request
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Rainbow Tech
US
IWC Fliegerchrono  Keramik
IWC Fliegerchrono Keramik
AED 32,640
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
21
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
AED 30,450
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Luxury Souq Dubai
21
US
IWC Pilot World Timer IW326201
IWC Pilot World Timer IW326201
AED 24,173
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
21
US
IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince
IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince
AED 13,743
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
US
IWC PILOT 'S TOP GUN Mark Miramar XVIII IW324702
IWC PILOT 'S TOP GUN Mark Miramar XVIII IW324702
Price on request
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SORELLE RONCO
21
US
IWC Big Pilot’s Iw500912
IWC Big Pilot’s Iw500912
AED 38,652
Seller
Mall of the Watch
21
US
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Black Steel/Leather 46mm - IW500912
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Black Steel/Leather 46mm - IW500912
AED 38,635
Seller
CKLY Trading Limited
21
US
IWC Watch Mark XVI IW325501
IWC Watch Mark XVI IW325501
AED 15,847
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
US
IWC Pilot
IWC Pilot
AED 67,046
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Rainbow Tech
US
IWC Fliegerchrono
IWC Fliegerchrono
AED 37,578
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
21
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
Price on request
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Luxury Souq Dubai
21
US
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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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