IWIW500917-Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire


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IW500917 Specifications



  • 18 ct red gold case
  • Diameter 46.2 mm
  • Height 15.8 mm
  • Screw in crown
  • Water resistance 6 bar



  • 51111 Calibre
  • IWC-manufactured movement
  • Automatic, self-winding
  • 168 hours Power Reserve
  • Frequency 21600.0 vph (3.0 hz)
  • 42 Jewels
  • Côtes de Genève, perlage



  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • 7 days power reserve
  • Power reserve display
  • Date display
  • Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Pellaton automatic winding
  • Central hacking seconds



  • Slate-coloured dial with luminescence



  • Brown calfskin strap by Santoni
  • Strap width 22 mm

The Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire Story

On the Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire, the case, hands, characteristic conical crown and the case back are made from 18-carat red gold, a precious metal that gives the watch a real sense of warmth. The sun-pattern finish on the slate-coloured dial has enough space to reflect light in a myriad of different ways, particularly when the watch is tilted from side to side. The brown calfskin strap from Santoni perfectly complements this watch. Within no time at all, the spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system in the IWC-manufactured 51111-calibre movement build up a power reserve of over 7 days. The power reserve display at “3 o’clock” provides a reliable indication of the time remaining until the movement comes to a stop. The watch has a date display at “6 o’clock” and a central seconds hand. The red gold case encloses a soft-iron inner case that protects the movement against magnetic fields. The silhouette of a Spitfire, the British interceptor that gave this Pilot’s Watch line its name, is engraved into the case back.



For decades, IWC Schaffhausen has been taking the dream of flying as inspiration for the exquisite timepieces that make up the Pilot’s Watch collection. Over the years, the luxury watch manufacturer has taken design cues from various sources within the world of aviation, for example in 2003, when the first Pilot’s Watch Spitfire was launched. The model was named after the Supermarine Spitfire, the English fighter plane that featured exceptional aerodynamics and outstanding flying characteristics for its time. IWC’s Spitfire models combine technical brilliance with exceptional elegance. These watches come with the signature slate-coloured dial, which is exclusive to the Pilot’s Watch family and gives each timepiece a truly unique look. They also feature the finest case materials, such as mirror-polished stainless steel and solid red gold.

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Calibre Family 50000

It needs winding only once a week: the 50000-calibre family features the efficient Pellaton pawl-winding system with a 7-day power reserve and a Breguet spring for maximum precision.

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