BY HARLAN CHAPMAN-GREEN
The IWC Pilot’s Watch. Inspired by watches from an era history would rather we all forget, the Pilot’s Watch encompasses watchmaking heritage with modern design to create a package that appeals to a large number of watch enthusiasts. It may not be the cheapest of the range, but the Chronograph version is probably the most popular. The problem for modern collectors is that old-style pilot’s watches like these are big, easily readable, but big.
A 41mm Pilot’s Watch was issued a couple of years ago, but only in blue and green. Now, the 41mm version comes with a black dial and strap, which is the favourite combination for watch enthusiasts. The stainless steel case is 41mm x 14.6mm and water resistant to 100m (although operating the chronograph underwater is not a good idea). The steel case features brushing and polishing for a classy yet technical appearance.
I don’t feel that I need to wax lyrical about the dial of the Pilot’s Watch; nothing’s changed compared to the other ones. It still has a chronograph in the 6-9-12 layout, making space for a day and date window. Plenty of lume and contrast means the watch is easy to read come night or day.
Powering the new watch is the in-house 69385 calibre, which comes with a 46-hour power reserve and 4Hz beat rate, along with the column wheel chronograph. Like most luxurious tool watches these days, the movement is visible through the back of the watch.
Thankfully, this watch isn’t a limited edition and is priced at €8300 on leather or €9300 on a steel multi-link bracelet.
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