IWC 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 IWC Pilot’s Chronograph.
Replica IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph: Stopwatch of the Skies. IWC Schaffhausen unites the looks of a pilot’s watch with the functionality of a stopwatch in the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph series. It includes everything from stainless steel watches to limited editions with a perpetual calendar and rose gold case.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Classic is currently the most affordable IWC pilot’s chronograph. This 43-mm stainless steel timepiece is powered by the Sellita caliber SW500 and has a classic black dial with white hands and markings. A bright red small seconds hand at 9 o’clock is the only splash of color.
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.
The Full-Black Pilot’s Chronograph lineage. While the history of pilot’s watches at IWC goes back to the 1930s, the background story for this black DoppelChronograph is closer to us. It goes back to the early-1990s and has to be credited to one of the most important men in the brand’s history; Günter Blümlein (1943-2001) whose influence on the brand was crucial.
As in other IWC Pilot’s watches, the caliber is protected from magnetic fields (like those in jet cockpits) inside a soft iron inner cage, and is equipped with a hacking seconds mechanism for precise setting. Securing its military cred, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “SFTI” is presented on an olive green textile strap.
While IWC is a luxury product company, items like the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph captures the non-pretentious factor of a serious tool item made with love and care without being showy. The steel case is brushed everywhere with no polishing save for some light (but effective) polished angle beveling and the slight polish of the very thin bezel.
As more brands announce their SIHH 2019 releases, IWC has given us a taste of its novelties this week, including the new Replica IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire in bronze. Within IWC’s popular and wide-ranging Pilot’s Watch collection, this is among a number of models dedicated to the Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter aircraft called the Spitfire used around and during World War II.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph is powered by the 25 jewel IWC 79320 mechanical movement which beats at 28,800 VpH and has a 44-hour power reserve. The movement is also protected against magnetic fields by a soft-iron inner case.