Date — 2016-09-15T16:34:48
IWC Schaffhausen can trace its heritage in the creation of Pilot’s watches to 1936 when the first IWC Pilot watch left the IWC manufacture. This first Pilot watch marked the beginning of a special relationship between IWC and aeronautically-inspired tool watches. Four years later in 1940, the 52 Caliber T.S.C Big Pilot Watch was born. Designed for observers, the case measured 55 millimeters in diameter and housed a dial design inspired by state-of-the-art airplane instrument panels. This initial design inspired the creation of the Mark 11 which was introduced from 1948. The most famous of all the IWC Pilot watches was built for the British Royal Air Force and was in constant use for over 30 years. IWC Pilot watches have continued to evolve since the beginning and now encompass a collection of highly sophisticated designs made from high performance materials such as ceramic and titanium, both of which are in use within current airplane design and construction. The quintessential dial design that established the iconic IWC Pilot Watches continues to be the hallmark of the Pilot watch collection.