This year marks the 80th anniversary of the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph Replica Watch in addition to the lineup revamping for SIHH 2016, and also the newest seems intent on tapping into its very expressive history. The new IWC Big Pilot’s watch heritage replica Watch isn’t getting any significant redesign, however there are numerous aesthetic changes that overall work well and succeed in tapping said history. You’ve also got the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, which has some layout changes of its being made to”freshen” up the appearance by, somewhat ironically, looking to the past for visual cues.
The new IWC Big Pilot’s heritage imitation Watch (Ref. IW500912) sees the return of this triangular indicator back beneath the chapter ring at 12 o’clock. A simple move by the new, but I think this looks much cleaner than having the triangle wedged up top (I always thought it looked like someone squeezing into a chair on a busy train that can not quite totally accommodate them). The”9″ also yields, which I like rather than a unnumbered hour mark. If you look closely, you will notice the numerals are cooler compared to the old version and the five second markers are skinnier. What has not changed is the power reserve dial along with the date window at 6 o’clock.
Much like the new Pilot Watches, there is a Santoni calfskin strap with this view, this one in dark. In terms of the movement, it’s unchanged and the IWC Big Pilot top gun miramar replica Watch still employs the automatic 51111 Calibre, operating at 3 Hz and supplying 7 days power reserve. Additionally unchanged, unlike many new Pilot Watches, are the instance dimensions that are nevertheless 46mm wide and 16mm high.
As for the IWC Pilot’s spitfire imitation Watch Chronograph (Ref. IW377710), the most obvious change is one that’s affected a lot of the Pilot View line — the elimination of this triple date window. The seemingly superfluous design element is now replaced with a more-classic looking single day and date window. Also gone are the small 5-minute indicators on the outside chapter ring which always looked a bit awkward and cluttered.
The movement and case are unchanged, with the automatic 79320 Calibre. It operates at 4Hz and will provide 44 hours of power reserve. The stainless steel case remains 43mm wide (IWC always makes their chronographs smaller than non-chronographs) and 15mm large, providing 60 meters of water resistance.
For the IWC Big Pilot watch annual calendar spitfire imitation Watch Ref. IW500912 cost is $12,900. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph comes on either a Santoni calfskin strap (Ref. IW377709) with a cost of $4,950 or onto a stainless steel bracelet (Ref. 377710) using a cost of $5,950. iwc.com