IWC Pilot’s Watches

Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Top Gun


SINCE 1936 —

The first Special Pilot’s Watch left the IWC factory in 1936. It was the start of a special relationship between IWC Schaffhausen and flying. Just four years later came the 52-calibre T. S. C. Big Pilot’s Watch, the first observer’s watch with a case measuring 55 millimetres in diameter. With its instrument-inspired appearance, it rapidly became a style icon and a model for all classic pilot’s watches. Its design was to provide IWC with the inspiration for the Mark 11, produced from 1948 onwards. This, the best known of the Pilot’s Watches from the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer, was originally built for the Royal Air Force and has been in constant use for more than 30 years. Since 1988, the IWC Pilot’s Watch tradition has gone from strength to strength. In 2003, IWC launched the first Pilot’s Watch series named after the legendary British aircraft, the Spitfire.

Since 2006, IWC has unveiled a series of Pilot’s Watch special editions in honour of the outstanding books and life’s work of the French author and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. His fiction addresses universal values such as friendship and humanity, and his best-known work, “The Little Prince”, has ensured his immortality.

In 2007, for the first time ever, a watch bearing the name TOP GUN joined the IWC Pilot’s Watch squadron. In 2012, IWC’s year of the Pilot’s Watches, the TOP GUN collection established itself as an independent line in the Pilot’s Watch family. For the first time ever, it included the Miramar models with their authentic military design.

Pilot's Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar

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Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII

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In 2016, watch lovers all over the world can look forward to a wide range of IWC Pilot’s Watches that seem set to create a furore with innovative designs, sophisticated complications and top-quality materials. With their imposing case diameters and authentic appearance, the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 and 48 resemble the historic original, the Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 T. S. C. of 1940, almost down to the last detail.

The special editions, “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” and “Le Petit Prince”, with tobacco brown and blue dials, respectively, pay tribute to the extraordinary life’s work of this great humanist.

The Mark-XVIII models celebrate a resounding comeback and add fresh variety and vitality to the Pilot’s Watch family.

IWC Pilot's Watches

The classic Pilot’s Watches revert to something more closely resembling the historic original. The same applies to the TOP GUN models, which come with a surprise element in the form of the new, embossed calfskin straps. The Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 is the smallest model in the company’s current line-up and was designed for anyone who prefers a slightly smaller and more discreet wristwatch.

With the launch of new leather straps and stainless-steel bracelets, IWC addresses watch lovers with a penchant for rugged, top-quality wristbands. Firstly, we have the elegant calfskin and alligator leather straps from Italian leather manufacturer Santoni, which are produced exclusively for IWC. Likewise new to the range for the Miramar are straps made of embossed calfskin that are reminiscent of the green textile strap produced in nylon. The luxurious stainless-steel bracelets are available in two versions. In one, the links are entirely satin-finished; in the other, two rows of links are polished and three satin-finished, adding to the bracelet’s attraction. The Pilot’s Watches Chronograph and Pilot’s Watches Mark XVlll are also available with twin-coloured textile straps inspired by historic Nato straps.

Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar

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