Sometimes you just really need a major watch… and, apparently, other times you want a substantial one. Don’t have any doubt that this 55mm-wide IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage imitation Watch 55 timepiece is wearable in most instances. I mean, yes, you can rather easily (and surprisingly comfortably) join the titanium situation into a wrist on the plush leather strap — however this can be a pure novelty watch through and through.
If anything, the biggest let down in a timepiece like this that IWC did not make much better use of the space inside. Together with that case property, they might have easily contained some movement with a power reserve of week or more. I mean, the normal IWC Big Pilot’s opinion is both an automatic and has a power reserve of about a week. Rather, IWC chosen to go an alternative route and receive a little more vintage chic with the mechanics inside of the benchmark 5104 timepiece.
For the movement, IWC chose their in-house-made grade 98300 which operates at 2.5Hz (18,000bph) and also has a power reserve of just 46 hours, being manually wound. The idea here is very likely that IWC big pilot’s top gun miramar replica watch wanted to convey the most pure feeling of”quaint winding” because on many accounts the grade 98300 (despite its own modern construction) is based on rather old horological architecture. What it lacks in matters such as performance, complexity, and convenience, it makes up for in feeling as if you’re winding up an older timepiece — that is precisely the feeling you desire while driving around on your modern (probably German) automobile enjoying electronic… everything… as you appreciate the tick tick tick of your timepiece inspired by yesterday’s yesterday.
Back in January 2016 through SIHH, I surfaced this reference 5104 IWC Big Pilot’s replica Watch 55 with its smaller sibling the reference 5103 massive Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48. Both are limited editions, and both are inspired by the historic 52-caliber T. S. C timepiece. That first from World War II was also 55mm wide but in steel, not nicely machined titanium. This more rough major Pilot’s Heritage 55 is the lower generation of the 2 models, but by a wearability and movement standpoint the reference 5103 IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 48 watch is a much better alternative. Does it have a far more interesting in-house-made IWC 59215 motion (a 59000 family movement stripped of the automated rotor and power reserve indicator, but nevertheless operating at 4Hz with 8 days of power reserve), but it’s also wearable… and costs less too. Unlike this ref. 5104 model that’s limited to 100 pieces, the 5103 (total reference amount is IW510301) is limited to 1000 pieces — and that is probably a fantastic idea since there will be more need.
I really enjoy the 5103, however I did not get a opportunity to see it hands-on. Despite being a funny timepiece, the effects of wearing it is impressive. IWC big pilot’s watch heritage replica watch once more got it right when it comes to a pilot-style watch dial in terms of completing and colours. The blued hands are a wonderful touch along with off-white luminant along with elegant dial layout make for a very elegant look. In 10mm smaller, it would make for a fantastic wear. Oh wait, I mean 7mm smaller. Still upset IWC did not ship at the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 for me to perform (clearly).
IWC makes it clear that this mention 5104 watch is”aimed mostly at collectors and lovers of genuine pilot’s watches.” Aren’t the majority of people purchasing expensive mechanical timepieces collectors? I guess not everybody can have one of the first pieces from 1940. Perhaps IWC big pilot’s watch annual calendar spitfire imitation watch should produce the timepiece part of a collector’s kit that includes a bomber’s jacket, scarf, hat, gloves, and goggles. What the hell, just double the cost and call it a kit. I really don’t think enough”collectors’ watches” include enough lifestyle accessories. Does not IWC work with Santoni and enough other fine leather makers to produce something like that occur?
Talking of straps, attached to the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 is a thick brown calfskin strap that is designed like a cross between a pilot and also NATO strap. That means the strap itself is very long (if desired ), which is kind of good because I think”back-in-the-day” timepieces like this were often worn on the thigh (while a pilot was seated in the cockpit, which is). This makes me happy, as I really don’t find enough thigh-sized straps available — especially not at IWC quality.