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IWC Fliegerchrono
IWC Fliegerchrono
Php 233,356
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
286
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IWC Big Pilots Heritage IW501005
IWC Big Pilots Heritage IW501005
Php 789,772
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
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IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Petit Prince Special Edition IWC Blue Dial
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Petit Prince Special Edition IWC Blue Dial
Php 218,219
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SORELLE RONCO
771
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition “LE PETIT PRINCE” - IW3777
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition “LE PETIT PRINCE” - IW3777
Php 262,921
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IWC Pilot Watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince
IWC Pilot Watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince
Php 232,980
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Exquisite Timepieces
21
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IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
Php 346,249
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IWC Mark XV
IWC Mark XV
Php 223,895
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
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IWC マーク15
IWC マーク15
Php 320,608
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BRAND SHOP LIPS
11
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IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Chronograph Iw389001
IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Chronograph Iw389001
Php 536,087
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Mall of the Watch
866
MC
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
Php 1,053,253
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
286
DE
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW371705
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW371705
Php 211,803
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION TRIBUTE TO MARK 11 IW327007
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION TRIBUTE TO MARK 11 IW327007
Php 282,549
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SORELLE RONCO
236
UK
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry"
Php 186,700
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CKLY Trading Limited
236
UK
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph IW377801
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph IW377801
Php 356,322
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Exquisite Timepieces
236
UK
IWC Die Fliegeruhr UTC Reference 3251
IWC Die Fliegeruhr UTC Reference 3251
Php 140,770
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
UK
IWC Fliegerchronograph
IWC Fliegerchronograph
Php 230,202
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
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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
Php 276,755
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BRAND SHOP LIPS
236
UK
IWC Big Pilot’s Iw500912
IWC Big Pilot’s Iw500912
Php 567,622
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Mall of the Watch
236
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IWC Fliegerchrono  Keramik
IWC Fliegerchrono Keramik
Php 479,325
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
236
UK
IWC Pilots Mark XV IW325307
IWC Pilots Mark XV IW325307
Php 211,803
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
IWC PILOT Antoine de Saint Exupery The Last Flight IW 388004
IWC PILOT Antoine de Saint Exupery The Last Flight IW 388004
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SORELLE RONCO
236
UK
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII - IW327011
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII - IW327011
Php 237,047
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CKLY Trading Limited
236
UK
IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince
IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince
Php 201,821
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
UK
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
IWC Fliegerchronograph Edition Saint Exupery 3717 Limited Edition
Php 289,487
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
UK
IWC Fliegerchronograph
IWC Fliegerchronograph
Php 249,123
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
UK
IWC マーク16
IWC マーク16
Php 169,561
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BRAND SHOP LIPS
236
UK
IWC Pilot’s Chronograph “le Petit Prince” – Iw377714
IWC Pilot’s Chronograph “le Petit Prince” – Iw377714
Php 264,890
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Mall of the Watch
236
UK
IWC Fliegerchrono
IWC Fliegerchrono
Php 551,854
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
236
UK
IWC Split Seconds Doppel-Chronograph
IWC Split Seconds Doppel-Chronograph
Php 305,139
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
IWC Pilot Chronographe 43mm Edition Le Petit Prince
IWC Pilot Chronographe 43mm Edition Le Petit Prince
Php 331,113
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SORELLE RONCO
236
UK
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Black/Leather 2016 - IW377709
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Black/Leather 2016 - IW377709
Php 241,942
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CKLY Trading Limited
236
UK
IWC Mark XVII
IWC Mark XVII
Php 176,593
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
UK
IWC Grosse FliegerUhr
IWC Grosse FliegerUhr
Php 536,087
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The Hands of Time
236
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
Php 145,059
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Watch Planet
236
UK
IWC Watch Mark XVI IW325501
IWC Watch Mark XVI IW325501
Php 232,983
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
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IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr
Php 545,547
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
UK
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
Php 268,043
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
236
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388006
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388006
Php 610,278
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION LE PETIT PRINCE IWC 327014
IWC PILOT'S WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION LE PETIT PRINCE IWC 327014
Php 257,952
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SORELLE RONCO
236
UK
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Black Steel/Leather 46mm - IW500912
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Black Steel/Leather 46mm - IW500912
Php 568,504
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CKLY Trading Limited
236
UK
IWC IW327011
IWC IW327011
Php 207,160
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RedSol Pte Ltd
236
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph -JUST SERVICED-
IWC Pilot Chronograph -JUST SERVICED-
Php 251,646
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Bosetti Gioielli
236
UK
IWC Big Pilot’s Iw501004
IWC Big Pilot’s Iw501004
Php 618,077
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Mall of the Watch
236
UK
IWC Watch Pilots Chrono IW371702
IWC Watch Pilots Chrono IW371702
Php 247,701
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Saint Exupery Power Reserve
IWC Saint Exupery Power Reserve
Php 362,647
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
UK
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XII
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XII
Php 223,895
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
236
UK
IWC Pilot World Timer IW326201
IWC Pilot World Timer IW326201
Php 355,398
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
236
UK
IWC PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY IWC377713
IWC PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY IWC377713
Php 302,731
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SORELLE RONCO
236
UK
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Black/Steel 2016 - IW377710
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Black/Steel 2016 - IW377710
Php 269,913
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CKLY Trading Limited
236
UK
IWC Der Fliegerchronograph Mechaquartz 3741 black Pilots...
IWC Der Fliegerchronograph Mechaquartz 3741 black Pilots...
Php 119,768
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Uhrenkapital
236
UK
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII - Classic Black - 327001
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII - Classic Black - 327001
Php 145,270
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Watch Exchange Co.
236
UK
IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII – Iw327002
IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII – Iw327002
Php 201,821
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Mall of the Watch
236
UK
IWC Watch Pilots Spitfire IW379107
IWC Watch Pilots Spitfire IW379107
Php 1,216,967
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
Php 327,959
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Duthuit Fine Art
236
UK
IWC Doppelchrono Keramik
IWC Doppelchrono Keramik
Php 520,320
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
236
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW 371701  "Never Polished"
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW 371701 "Never Polished"
Php 208,128
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AP Watches
236
UK
IWC PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH Day Date Black Dial/Leather 43mm
IWC PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH Day Date Black Dial/Leather 43mm
Php 260,475
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SORELLE RONCO
236
UK
IWC Pilot's Watch mark XVIII Silver - IW327002
IWC Pilot's Watch mark XVIII Silver - IW327002
Php 190,196
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CKLY Trading Limited
236
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph „Le Petit Prince“
IWC Pilot Chronograph „Le Petit Prince“
Php 280,657
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Juwelier Fabritz GmbH, Groß - und Einzelhandel mit hochwertigen Markenuhren
236
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Classic - 377709 - Factory Warranty - NEW
IWC Pilot Chronograph Classic - 377709 - Factory Warranty - NEW
Php 234,350
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Watch Exchange Co.
236
UK
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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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