In 2002, when the Big Pilot’s watch came out, I knew at that very moment that the day when I would get my command that I would buy myself that watch. When that day arrived, I told my dad the wonderful news that I’ll get my command and for that occasion I would buy this wonderful watch. I was expecting from him a thumbs-up, a “good idea; go ahead boy”. But my dad just sat there with his face not showing any emotion and told me “no”. I retorted “yes, of course I will do that! This is what I have dreamed about for a long time and I can spend my money as I wish!” I started getting a bit mad when my dad replied again to me “no”. Then he raised from his chair and added “No, because I will buy you that watch”.
I was completely speechless and didn’t expect this at all. So when I got my command I received this beautiful watch from my dad. But unfortunately my dad passed away one week later. And that’s why this IWC Big Pilot’s Watch will always accompany me on all my flights.