IWC Pilot's Watches from LSMwatch.com
The origins of the Pilot's watch from IWC can be traced all the way back to 1936 when it was first debuted as alternative for Pilots who did not feel comfortable using a pocket watch to keep an accurate measurement of time while flying during the early days of aviation. The first Pilot watch featured a rugged glass followed by a rotating bezel along with other specific features and set the standard for watches in the Pilot’s collection today. From 1940 onward the Pilot's watch was designed by IWC following military specifications, and keeping it in line with the navigation watch tradition from which the pilot watch was born it is one of the biggest wrist watches manufactured under the IWC flagship. IWC released the Big Pilot’s watch in 1940, and it is the largest wrist watches, or “deck watch,” IWC has ever produced. One of the notable attributes of this watch is the central hacking seconds, which allow pilots and navigators to coordinate their watches down to the second with a refined precision. The next Pilot's watch released by IWC was the Mark 11, first manufactured in 1948, which has become one of the most well known pilot watches in the IWC watch collection. The Mark 11 watch was initially produced for the Royal Air Force, and these watches were used for over thirty years. The Mark 11 features a soft inner case made of iron that housed the movement and protected the watches from the interference of magnetic fields.
The tradition of the Pilot watch lineage was carried on in the 1980's with the release of the Pilot's Chronograph watch in 1988 followed by the 1994 release of the Double Chronograph Pilot's watch featuring automatic winding, and precise chronograph function.
In 2002, IWC restored the Big Pilot watch tradition with the next generation version of the watch that coupled innovation with tradition, and a classic design of a forward-looking 7-day movement, Pallaton automatic winding, and a power reserve display. The Big Pilot watches can feature automatic or chronograph functions.
In 2007, a new watch was developed as part of the Pilot watch collection; the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun. The design of this watch contained titanium controls and a high-tech ceramic case along with a split seconds hand used to measure time simultaneously while the stop watches hand runs. In addition, there is a push-button located at the 10 o’clock position that when pressed synchronizes the stop watches and split-seconds. This feature allows the watch wearer to record an infinite number of intermediate and lap times.
In 2008 IWC released a special edition of the Pilot's watch collection to honor the important bond between father and son: The Pilot's Father and Son Watch featured an exquisite finishing of either platinum and stainless steel along the bezel with 18k yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold hands with a date function at the 3 o'clock marker on the dial of these watches and gold plated numbers to indicate time.
The highly mechanized Pilot watch is designed to be highly functional without sacrificing style and showcases a clear passion that is un-matched in the watch making world.
The Big Pilot watch has become one of the most recognizable and sought after watches in the Pilot collection featuring a remarkably large dial on the surface of the watch that is complemented with features such as a stainless steel, platinum or 18K rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold case holding the mechanics of the watch in perfect alignment. Along with the large size hands on the dial that clearly illuminate the precise time, and a leather or rubber strap running through the watch. The Big Pilot watch marks a special place within the Pilot watch lineage.
The Pilot watch can feature either automatic or manual movement, and many of the watches in this collection feature a Chronograph function. The Pilot watch has evolved through years from its beginnings as a highly functional flying aide to a watch that is synonymous with elegance and luxury without having to sacrifice any of the watches original technical abilities.