IWC Schaffhausen launched its Jubilee collection, marking the brand’s 150th anniversary. Among the Jubilee models were several pieces from IWC’s Pilot’s series, celebrating the brand’s long and storied heritage as a supplier of timepieces for aviators. Here, courtesy of IWC’s archives, we present a lineup of vintage and modern IWC Pilot’s Replica Watches that represent milestones for the brand — and for watchmaking history.
The First IWC Watch Ever Taken Into The Sky
This pocketwatch, with a 14k yellow gold case and containing the IWC-manufactured Caliber 53 movement was sold by IWC Replica Watches on December 1896 to IWC retailer A. Kohler from Leipzig, Germany. Another German, Albert Lotter, inherited the watch from his father in 1916.The watch still operates with good timekeeping precision.
IWC’s First “Special Watch for Pilots”
Ernst Jakob Homberger, IWC managing director during the 1930s, had two sons who were so passionate about aviation that they decided to manufacture IWC’s first “special watch for pilots” in 1936. The watch, containing Caliber 83, had a shatterproof crystal, high-contrast hands and numerals, a rotating bezel with an index for recording short periods of time, and an antimagnetic escapement.
IWC’s First Big Pilot’s Watch
The first IWC Replica Big Pilot’s Watch was supplied to the Luftwaffe in 1940 in an edition of 1,000 pieces. The “big device,” constructed according to the criteria for an observer’s watch, is the largest wristwatch ever made by IWC, with a case diameter of 55 mm, a height of 16.5 mm, and a weight of 183 grams.
IWC Pilot’s Wristwatch Mark 11 with Nato Strap
In response to a product requirement from the British government, IWC developed a service watch for pilots of the Royal Air Force. The technical specifications stipulated by the RAF were very rigid, including a requirement that the movement had to be protected against magnetic fields. Production of the now-legendary Fake IWC Watches Mark 11, with Caliber 89, started in 1948. In November 1949, the watch was supplied to airborne personnel of the RAF and other Commonwealth nations and remained in service until 1981.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Ceramic
Forty-eight years after the legendary Mark 11 was launched, IWC built on its Pilot’s Watch tradition with the launch of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. In 1994, IWC Replica Watches Reviews launched another Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, intended for modern aviation and equipped with a case made from high-tech zirconium oxide ceramic — a material as hard as sapphire and virtually indestructible. Its movement is caliber 7922.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XII
Also in 1994, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XII succeeded the Mark 11 as a contemporary new edition after long and intensive discussions within IWC’s management. This decision gave collectors, who could no longer acquire any originals on the market, a chance to own a modern version of the iconic timepiece. While the design of the watch was heavily inspired by its predecessor, its equipment – including an automatic movement , a screw-in crown, a date display and a convex sapphire glass – was very contemporary.
IWC Pilot’s Watch UTC
In 1998, IWC introduced the Pilot’s Watch UTC as a useful tool for frequent travelers in an increasingly globalized world. This timepiece, outfitted with Caliber A30710, was coordinated with Universal Time; the wearer could not only read different times and dates around the world, but could also change both the time and date simply using the crown.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch
IWC introduced its 5000 family of calibers in 2001, originally for use in a limited series of IWC Portugieser watches. This new edition of the classic Big Pilot’s Watch was the first in the family to contain the high-performance IWC-manufactured Caliber 5011 movement. With a case diameter of 46.2 mm and a height of 15.8 mm, it remains one of the biggest wristwatches IWC has ever made. The Big Pilot’s Watch features a seven-day power reserve, a new date display at 6 o’clock, and a central seconds display.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun
The first watch bearing the name “Top Gun” joined the IWC Pilot’s Watch squadron in 2007. It was this piece, the IWC Replica Swiss Movement Watches Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun. The name comes from a special training course offered by the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, the “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor,” better known by the legendary accolade “Top Gun.”