Pilot’s Watches

Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII

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The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII is powered by the automatic 30110-calibre movement. With its soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields and a front glass secured against sudden drops in pressure, the watch takes up a tradition established by its historic forebear, the legendary Mark 11 of the 1940s.

Highlights

  • Mechanical movement
  • 42-hour power reserve
  • Date display
  • Soft-iron inner case
  • Diameter 41 mm

Price: $4,900 — $6,100

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WORTHY SUCCESSOR TO A LEGEND

In both form and function, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII is a virtually perfect example of a classic pilot’s watch. Like the instrumentation found in a cockpit, the dial is black with white indices and reduced to essentials: legibility is a top priority. Compared with its predecessor, the Mark XVI, the stainless-steel case has increased by 2 millimetres to 41. In this model too, IWC’s designers have modified the date window to make it look more like the instruments found in a cockpit: with its vertically arranged numerals, it is now reminiscent of an altimeter. The watch, which is water-resistant to 6 bar, is powered by an automatic 30110-calibre movement and has a 42-hour power reserve. In terms of precision and robustness – and like all its predecessors – the Mark XVII meets the full schedule of requirements for professional Pilot’s Watches from Schaffhausen. With its soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields and a front glass secured against sudden drops in pressure, the Mark XVII takes up a tradition established by its historic forebear, the legendary Mark 11 of the 1940s. The most famous of all IWC Pilot’s Watches was discontinued only in 1981, over 30 years after its phenomenal launch, and attained cult status among watch devotees.

Variations

Details

  • Reference IW326501
  • Case Material stainless steel
  • Bracelet/Strap black alligator leather strap
  • Dial Colour black
  • Jewels 21
  • Price $4,900
  • Mechanical movement
  • Self-winding
  • 42-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Central hacking seconds
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 11 mm
  • Diameter 41 mm
  • Reference IW326504
  • Case Material stainless steel
  • Bracelet/Strap stainless steel
  • Dial Colour black
  • Jewels 21
  • Price $6,100
  • Mechanical movement
  • Self-winding
  • 42-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Central hacking seconds
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 11 mm
  • Diameter 41 mm

Watch Viewer

  • IW326501 Watch Front
  • IW326501 Watch Back
  • IW326504 Watch Front
  • IW326504 Watch Back

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Antimagnetic

Like some of the models in the Ingenieur family, many of the Pilot’s Watches also offer optimum protection against the effects of external magnetic fields in the form of a soft-iron inner case. The inner back plate, casing ring and dial are made from pure iron and are particularly adept at conducting magnetic flux lines around the movement. This combination prevents magnetic fields from reaching the movement and guarantees maximum precision in both normal and extreme situations. Depending on the model in question, the protection provided here – of up to 80,000 amperes per metre – exceeds the Swiss norm for “antimagnetic watches” by more than sixteenfold.

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