IWC Pilot's Watches
When the Swiss manufacturer IWC launched the first large pilot's watch for military use in 1940, it laid the foundation for a success story that would last for decades. Tradition, high-quality precision even under extreme conditions, and legendary cockpit-style design are the guarantors of success for IWC-brand pilot watches. The mechanical men's watch is designed precisely to meet the needs of fighter jets and is equally unimpressed by extremely high acceleration, pressure drop and magnetic fields. Apart from professional use in the Luftwaffe, Air Force and Co., the Great Pilot's Watches from IWC are also a popular timepiece outside the cockpit for men who focus on class, but are also characterized by a taste for adventure and a pioneering spirit.
Currently available IWC Pilot's Watches watches
State-of-the-art technology, authentic style
As IWC luxury watches, the Great Pilot's Watches are distinguished by excellent watchmaking technology and reduced understatement in design. The answer offered by the IWC Great Pilot's Watches to the extreme conditions in the fighter jet are highly resistant construction materials made of titanium, ceramics and stainless steel, as well as an inner case made of resistant soft iron to protect against magnetic fields. The sophisticated Pellaton winding mechanism for 7-day power reserve and a power reserve indicator are also part of the exclusive equipment of IWC pilot watches. In terms of design terminology, the Swiss watch manufacturer's model series of Great Pilot's Watches is once again based on the historic pilot's look from the first half of the 20th century. Typical of the timeless, simple cockpit design is the optimal readability. On a dark background in shades of black, brown and gray, the light hands and numerals, which glow in the dark, are reminiscent of the on-board instruments in the cockpit. Another special feature of IWC's pilot's watches is the strap. The extra-long straps made of calfskin or crocodile leather allow them to be worn even over (pilot's) clothing. Originally featuring a proud 55-mm case diameter, the Large Pilot's Watch from IWC is now also produced in more discreet sizes.
Variety of sizes, functions and designs
In addition to the Big Pilot's Watch model series, IWC's Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII and Pilot's Watch Chronograph model series are also available. All these watch types are available in limited editions, which IWC is constantly expanding with the latest additions being the Classic Edition, Antoine de Saint Exupéry Edition, Top Gun Edition and Spitfire Edition. The Large Pilot's Watch from the Classic Edition, for example, is available in three different versions. Differences can be found in the watch diameters, materials and functions, as well as in the design and edition of the luxury watches. The case of the Large Pilot's Watch Top Gun, for example, is made of black ceramic, while the case of the Large Pilot's Watch Classic Heritage Watch 55 is made of titanium. The Large Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition "Le Petit Prince" has a case made of 18-karat red gold, as well as a sapphire crystal back, an annual calendar and a midnight blue dial.
Luxury watches from IWC - Swiss watch manufacturer with American roots
Behind the initials of IWC stands the International Watch Company. However, the traditional Swiss company was founded in 1868 by an American citizen. The Boston engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones initially manufactured his quality watches from Switzerland for the American market. At the end of the 19th century, a Swiss entrepreneur brought the watch manufacture to commercial success. The Big Pilot watch was first manufactured by IWC in 1940 and today enjoys cult status. Hollywood stars such as Tarantino, Schwarzenegger and Bradley Cooper effectively express their masculinity and class with the Big Pilot.