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Pilot’s Watches

IWC Pilot’s Watches introduced the cockpit-instrument look for classic Pilot’s watches and enjoy global renown as precise timepieces with outstanding technology.

Image of a hand in glove crafting a watch in specialized type of machinery
Image of a hand in glove crafting a watch in specialized type of machinery
PILOT’S WATCHES HISTORY

Special Watch for Pilots

The first IWC pilot watch was produced in the mid-1930s for civil aviation purposes. It was particularly robust and resistant to fluctuations in temperature in the range of - 40 degrees Celsius to + 40 degrees Celsius, and was also anti-magnetic.

Mark 11 Navigators Wrist Watch

In response to an invitation for tender issued by the British Government, IWC developed a service watch for pilots of the Royal Air Force. Production of the legendary Mark 11 commenced in 1948. From November 1949, the watch was supplied to airborne personnel of the RAF and other Commonwealth nations and remained in service until 1981.

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph

The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph, reference 3711, was presented at the Basel watch fair in 1992. It was the first automatic double chronograph at IWC, and featured the automatic 79230-calibre movement.

Mark XII Pilot’s Watch

In 1994 the Mark XII Pilot’s Watch succeeded the Mark 11. As to be expected, it was state of the art, and featured an automatic movement and date display.

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Ceramic

In 1994 IWC launched a Pilot’s Chronograph, reference 3705, for the jet age that came with another top-flight feature: zirconium oxide. The high-tech ceramic used for the case, is as hard as sapphire and virtually indestructible. In 1988, the Pilot's Watch tradition was sustained by the Pilot's Chronograph.

Pilot’s Watch UTC

In 1998 the Pilot’s Watch UTC, where changes to both the time and date can be made using simply the crown, was IWC's reaction to growing mobility in an increasingly globalized world.

Chronograph Spitfire Automatic

Spitfire – the name is already familiar to IWC enthusiasts; it was given to a limited special edition of 1000 watches in the year 2000. In 2003 IWC began producing a Pilot's Watch series named after the legendary Spitfire. However, the Spitfire watch line owes more than its name to this fabulous aircraft.

The Big Pilot’s Watch

The Big Pilot’s watch of the 21st century contains, in addition to the 7-day movement reserve, the new feature of a date display at six o'clock and the central seconds’ display that is so essential for use in aviation. The high-performance movement calibre 5011 took care of the preciseness and has a case diameter of 46.2 mm with a height of 15.8 mm.

Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry

In 2006, IWC introduced a special Pilot’s Chronograph named after Antoine de Saint Exupéry to commemorate the publication 75 years earlier of his novel "Night Flight". The Antoine de Saint Exupéry Pilot's Watches, all available in limited editions from IWC, have remained popular favorites to this day.

Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun

In 2007, the first watch bearing the name TOP GUN joined the IWC Pilot’s Watch squadron. The name comes from a special training course offered by the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, the “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor”, better known by the legendary accolade “Top Gun”.

Pilot’s watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of its Pilot’s Watches, IWC in 2016 introduced the Mark XVIII in the typical design of the “Le Petit Prince” editions with a midnight blue dial – paying tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most famous novel.

Pilot’s watch Timezoner Chronograph

For the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner, IWC’s engineers created a functional complication for frequent flyers: To set the watch to another time zone, the wearer simply needs to push down the bezel, turn it to the desired time zone and let it go – the hour hand, 24-hour day/night display and the date automatically move with the bezel.

Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition “150 Years”

The Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition "150 Years" is the first IWC Big Pilot's Watch to feature a large date display located below the "12 o'clock" triangle. Created to mark the 150 year anniversary of IWC Schaffhausen, this reference is limited to just 100 pieces.

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium

The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is the first Pilot's Watch from IWC to feature a completely “jet black” design code.

Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271”

The Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271” in high-quality bronze is the first to integrate the UTC function in an in-house calibre.

Big Pilot’s Watch 43

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 combines iconic design with superb movement technology and pronounced versatility in an ergonomic case diameter of 43 millimetres.

Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL

The Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL features one of the world’s most advanced anti-shock systems. Eight years in development, the IWC patented SPRIN-g PROTECT system is an extraordinary feat of engineering made real.

PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN EDITION “LAKE TAHOE”

2022 is the year of IWC TOP GUN. The “Colors of TOP GUN” collection was launched with new colored ceramics like the “Lake Tahoe” and the “Woodland”.

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1936 IWC “Special Watch For Pilots.” with black dial
1949 Mark 11 navigator's wrist watch with black dial
IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph 1992, black dial, white numerals, stainless steel case, two chronograph hands.
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XII 1994, black dial, white numerals, stainless steel case, date window.
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Ceramic 1994, black ceramic case, black dial, white numerals.
IWC Pilot's Watch UTC 1998, black dial, brown leather strap.
Pilot's 2000 Spitfire automatic chronograph watch
IWC Pilot's Watch Big Watch 2002, black dial, white numerals, stainless steel case, large size, day-date display.
Pilot's 2006 Chronograph Edition Antoine St Exupery watch
Pilot's 2007 Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun watch
IWC Pilot's Watch, black dial, white numerals, stainless steel case, day-date display, brown leather strap.
IWC Pilot's Watch, black dial, white numerals, stainless steel case, chronograph function, date window, black leather strap.
IWC Pilot's Watch, black dial, white numerals, stainless steel case, chronograph function, date window, black leather strap.
Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium® (IW371815) with black strap
Pilot's watch IW327101 with green dial with luminescence and brown leather strap
Big Pilot's Watch 43 (IW329301) with black dial
IWC Pilot's Watch, black dial, white numerals, stainless steel case, chronograph function, black rubber strap.
 IWC PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN EDITION “LAKE TAHOE” IW389105 with black dial and white strap.
PILOT’S WATCHES HISTORY

Special Watch for Pilots

The first IWC pilot watch was produced in the mid-1930s for civil aviation purposes. It was particularly robust and resistant to fluctuations in temperature in the range of - 40 degrees Celsius to + 40 degrees Celsius, and was also anti-magnetic.

Mark 11 Navigators Wrist Watch

In response to an invitation for tender issued by the British Government, IWC developed a service watch for pilots of the Royal Air Force. Production of the legendary Mark 11 commenced in 1948. From November 1949, the watch was supplied to airborne personnel of the RAF and other Commonwealth nations and remained in service until 1981.

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph

The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph, reference 3711, was presented at the Basel watch fair in 1992. It was the first automatic double chronograph at IWC, and featured the automatic 79230-calibre movement.

Mark XII Pilot’s Watch

In 1994 the Mark XII Pilot’s Watch succeeded the Mark 11. As to be expected, it was state of the art, and featured an automatic movement and date display.

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Ceramic

In 1994 IWC launched a Pilot’s Chronograph, reference 3705, for the jet age that came with another top-flight feature: zirconium oxide. The high-tech ceramic used for the case, is as hard as sapphire and virtually indestructible. In 1988, the Pilot's Watch tradition was sustained by the Pilot's Chronograph.

Pilot’s Watch UTC

In 1998 the Pilot’s Watch UTC, where changes to both the time and date can be made using simply the crown, was IWC's reaction to growing mobility in an increasingly globalized world.

Chronograph Spitfire Automatic

Spitfire – the name is already familiar to IWC enthusiasts; it was given to a limited special edition of 1000 watches in the year 2000. In 2003 IWC began producing a Pilot's Watch series named after the legendary Spitfire. However, the Spitfire watch line owes more than its name to this fabulous aircraft.

The Big Pilot’s Watch

The Big Pilot’s watch of the 21st century contains, in addition to the 7-day movement reserve, the new feature of a date display at six o'clock and the central seconds’ display that is so essential for use in aviation. The high-performance movement calibre 5011 took care of the preciseness and has a case diameter of 46.2 mm with a height of 15.8 mm.

Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry

In 2006, IWC introduced a special Pilot’s Chronograph named after Antoine de Saint Exupéry to commemorate the publication 75 years earlier of his novel "Night Flight". The Antoine de Saint Exupéry Pilot's Watches, all available in limited editions from IWC, have remained popular favorites to this day.

Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun

In 2007, the first watch bearing the name TOP GUN joined the IWC Pilot’s Watch squadron. The name comes from a special training course offered by the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, the “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor”, better known by the legendary accolade “Top Gun”.

Pilot’s watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of its Pilot’s Watches, IWC in 2016 introduced the Mark XVIII in the typical design of the “Le Petit Prince” editions with a midnight blue dial – paying tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most famous novel.

Pilot’s watch Timezoner Chronograph

For the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner, IWC’s engineers created a functional complication for frequent flyers: To set the watch to another time zone, the wearer simply needs to push down the bezel, turn it to the desired time zone and let it go – the hour hand, 24-hour day/night display and the date automatically move with the bezel.

Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition “150 Years”

The Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition "150 Years" is the first IWC Big Pilot's Watch to feature a large date display located below the "12 o'clock" triangle. Created to mark the 150 year anniversary of IWC Schaffhausen, this reference is limited to just 100 pieces.

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium

The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is the first Pilot's Watch from IWC to feature a completely “jet black” design code.

Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271”

The Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271” in high-quality bronze is the first to integrate the UTC function in an in-house calibre.

Big Pilot’s Watch 43

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 combines iconic design with superb movement technology and pronounced versatility in an ergonomic case diameter of 43 millimetres.

Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL

The Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL features one of the world’s most advanced anti-shock systems. Eight years in development, the IWC patented SPRIN-g PROTECT system is an extraordinary feat of engineering made real.

PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN EDITION “LAKE TAHOE”

2022 is the year of IWC TOP GUN. The “Colors of TOP GUN” collection was launched with new colored ceramics like the “Lake Tahoe” and the “Woodland”.

DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

The big conical crown of the big pilot’s watch

The striking conical crown of the Big Pilot’s Watch harks back to the pioneering days of aviation, when pilot’s had to face the elements in unheated cockpits. The original Pilot’s Watches had particularly large crowns that were easy to grip so that they could be set and wound by a pilot wearing thick gloves and a padded flight suit.

Close up of  IW329303 BIG PILOT’S WATCH 43 with blue dial and blue calfskin strap
Close up of IW388110 PILOT'S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH 41 with green dial and green rubber strap

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