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IWC Pilot's Watch  Flieger Chronograph Ceramic / English...
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IWC Pilot's Watch Flieger Chronograph Ceramic / English...
AU$ 22,500
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Private Seller
 
AU
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
AU$ 11,800
Seller
Private Seller
AU
IWC Big Pilot White Gold LE IW500430
IWC Big Pilot White Gold LE IW500430
AU$ 22,000
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Watch Trader Pty Ltd
AU
IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage
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IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage
AU$ 18,899
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WatchesofMayfair.com
430
UK
IWC Pilots Chronograph Antoine De St Exupéry IW371709
IWC Pilots Chronograph Antoine De St Exupéry IW371709
AU$ 5,995
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
IWC Fliegerchrono
IWC Fliegerchrono
AU$ 5,876
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
227
DE
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph
AU$ 7,687
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LUX-Timepieces GmbH
626
DE
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
AU$ 8,719
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
IWC Mark XV
IWC Mark XV
AU$ 5,638
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince Special Edition IWC 327004
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince Special Edition IWC 327004
AU$ 5,527
Free shipping
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SORELLE RONCO
606
IT
IWC Mark XVII
IWC Mark XVII
AU$ 4,765
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
IWC Men's IW377709 Pilot Chronograph Automatic Watch
IWC Men's IW377709 Pilot Chronograph Automatic Watch
AU$ 6,726
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HarveyStore DE
10
DE
IWC Big Pilot’s Annual Calendar  "Antoine De Saint Exupery"
TOP
IWC Big Pilot’s Annual Calendar "Antoine De Saint Exupery"
AU$ 57,174
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
430
UK
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Mens Steel White Dial 40mm Watch
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Mens Steel White Dial 40mm Watch
AU$ 4,392
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WT Time Pieces
44
UK
IWC Fliegerchrono
IWC Fliegerchrono
AU$ 13,896
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
227
DE
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII
AU$ 5,241
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LUX-Timepieces GmbH
626
DE
IWC Der Doppelchronograph Ref. 3713
IWC Der Doppelchronograph Ref. 3713
AU$ 7,131
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
IWC Fliegerchronograph
IWC Fliegerchronograph
AU$ 6,273
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
IWC PILOT CHRONO LE PETIT PRINCE  43mm BLUE DIAL IW 377714
IWC PILOT CHRONO LE PETIT PRINCE 43mm BLUE DIAL IW 377714
AU$ 7,909
Free shipping
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SORELLE RONCO
606
IT
IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
AU$ 20,951
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The Watch Movement
 
US
IWC Men's IW327004 Pilot Midnight Watch
IWC Men's IW327004 Pilot Midnight Watch
AU$ 5,789
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HarveyStore DE
10
DE
IWC Watch Mark XVIII IW324703
IWC Watch Mark XVIII IW324703
AU$ 8,784
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun 46mm Mens Ceramic Watch
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun 46mm Mens Ceramic Watch
AU$ 10,638
Seller
WT Time Pieces
44
UK
IWC Fliegeruhr
IWC Fliegeruhr
AU$ 12,944
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
227
DE
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
AU$ 5,638
Seller
LUX-Timepieces GmbH
626
DE
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
AU$ 7,290
Seller
Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
IWC Mark XII
IWC Mark XII
AU$ 5,638
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION TRIBUTE TO MARK 11 IW327007
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION TRIBUTE TO MARK 11 IW327007
AU$ 7,115
Free shipping
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SORELLE RONCO
606
IT
IWC Big Pilot's Saint Exupéry
IWC Big Pilot's Saint Exupéry
AU$ 16,342
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Special Timepiece
 
CZ
IWC Pilot
IWC Pilot
AU$ 19,554
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The Watch Movement
 
US
IWC Watch Pilots Chrono IW377701
IWC Watch Pilots Chrono IW377701
AU$ 6,477
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC SPITFIRE Double Chronograph
IWC SPITFIRE Double Chronograph
AU$ 7,941
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Tempora
 
RO
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XII
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XII
AU$ 5,638
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
227
DE
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition «Le Petit Prince»
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition «Le Petit Prince»
AU$ 6,670
Seller
LUX-Timepieces GmbH
626
DE
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
AU$ 7,925
Seller
Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
IWC Fliegeruhr Doppelchronograph
IWC Fliegeruhr Doppelchronograph
AU$ 28,428
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
IWC Pilot Collection Pilot Chronograph Stainless Steel 43mm
IWC Pilot Collection Pilot Chronograph Stainless Steel 43mm
AU$ 7,089
Seller
WT Time Pieces
44
UK
IWC Men's IW510301 Big Pilot Titanium Manual
IWC Men's IW510301 Big Pilot Titanium Manual
AU$ 17,788
Seller
HarveyStore DE
10
DE
IWC Pilot Mark XVI Spitfire
IWC Pilot Mark XVI Spitfire
AU$ 4,189
Seller
The Watch Movement
 
US
IWC Watch Pilots Chrono IW389001
IWC Watch Pilots Chrono IW389001
AU$ 12,333
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
Price on request
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Juwelier van Willegen Rotterdam
16
NL
IWC Fliegeruhr
IWC Fliegeruhr
AU$ 13,896
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
227
DE
IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic 36
IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic 36
AU$ 5,368
Seller
LUX-Timepieces GmbH
626
DE
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
Seller
SORELLE RONCO
606
IT
IWC Mark XVII Top Gun Miramar
IWC Mark XVII Top Gun Miramar
AU$ 6,750
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Pink
IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Pink
AU$ 41,206
Seller
Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
13
US
IWC Men's IW388002 Pilots Anthracite Dial Chronograph Watch
IWC Men's IW388002 Pilots Anthracite Dial Chronograph Watch
AU$ 14,294
Seller
HarveyStore DE
10
DE
IWC Pilot Spitfire UTC
IWC Pilot Spitfire UTC
AU$ 4,189
Seller
The Watch Movement
 
US
IWC Watch Mark XV IW325312
IWC Watch Mark XV IW325312
AU$ 5,031
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
AU$ 5,867
Free shipping
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Fine Watch Bank
30
US
IWC Doppelchrono Keramik
IWC Doppelchrono Keramik
AU$ 13,102
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
227
DE
IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph "Antoine de Saint Exupery"
IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph "Antoine de Saint Exupery"
AU$ 14,292
Seller
LUX-Timepieces GmbH
626
DE
IWC Pilot Chronographe 43mm Edition Le Petit Prince
IWC Pilot Chronographe 43mm Edition Le Petit Prince
AU$ 8,338
Free shipping
Seller
SORELLE RONCO
606
IT
IWC Fliegerchronograph
IWC Fliegerchronograph
AU$ 5,797
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714
AU$ 6,654
Seller
Your Luxury Time LTD
260
UK
IWC Men's IW389001 Pilot Top Gun Chronograph Watch
IWC Men's IW389001 Pilot Top Gun Chronograph Watch
AU$ 15,007
Seller
HarveyStore DE
10
DE
IWC Big Pilot’s Limited Edition “le Petit Prince” – Iw500916
IWC Big Pilot’s Limited Edition “le Petit Prince” – Iw500916
AU$ 14,135
Seller
Mall of the Watch
742
MC
IWC Watch Pilots Double Chrono IW371303
IWC Watch Pilots Double Chrono IW371303
AU$ 7,542
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC 5002-01 Big Pilot 5002-01 FIRST SERIES / FULL SET (28800)
IWC 5002-01 Big Pilot 5002-01 FIRST SERIES / FULL SET (28800)
AU$ 13,828
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European Watch Company
152
US
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
AU$ 26,522
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
227
DE
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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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