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IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 new 36mm Bronze
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IWC X THE RAKE X REVOLUTION IW324019 Pilot
NZ$ 11,777
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Vintage & Prestige
32
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IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
NZ$ 4,995
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Private Seller
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IWC Big Pilot new 46.2mm Bronze
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IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage
NZ$ 17,116
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579
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar pre-owned 46mm Ceramic
IWC 2016 Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Mens Wristwatch
NZ$ 9,750
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About Time Ltd
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IWC Pilot Chronograph new 46mm Ceramic
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IWC Pilot Chronograph limited The Last Flight 8000ht
NZ$ 15,941
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RIVIERAWATCH
110
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IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 38mm Steel
IWC Fliegeruhr Spitfire Mark XV Limited Edition
NZ$ 5,621
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
952
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month new 46mm Red gold
IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Pink
NZ$ 43,775
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
20
US
IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Edition Antoine De Saint...
NZ$ 37,252
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 new 36mm Steel
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IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Silver Automatic IW324006
NZ$ 5,009
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
96
HK
IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 38mm Steel
IWC Mark XV
NZ$ 5,957
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph new 46mm Steel
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Ceramic Zegg & Cerlati, LIMITED...
NZ$ 14,582
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chronopark GmbH
 
DE
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm White gold
IWC Fliegeruhr
NZ$ 24,079
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
487
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph new 43mm Steel
IWC Pilot Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry
NZ$ 7,382
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Watch-Lounge.de
339
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 44.5mm
IWC IW389001 Top Gun Chronograph Ceramic 44.5MM (30555)
NZ$ 10,758
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European Watch Company
234
US
IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 38mm Steel
IWC Fliegeruhr Spitfire Mark XV
NZ$ 4,614
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
952
NL
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 new 36mm Steel
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36
NZ$ 6,376
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AFAD SRL
 
IT
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot's Automatic Patrouille Suisse Limited 250 Pcs. -...
NZ$ 20,472
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
IWC Big Pilot new 46.2mm Steel
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IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW501002
NZ$ 14,745
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
96
HK
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 39mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph
NZ$ 6,125
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot
NZ$ 16,193
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10PAST10.COM
107
NL
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Red gold
IWC Fliegeruhr Sondermodell Saint Exupery
NZ$ 28,023
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
487
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph new 43mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph 3777-17 Le Petit Prince unworn box papers
NZ$ 8,892
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Watch-Lounge.de
339
DE
IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 40mm Steel
IWC IW327002 Mark XVIII White Dial SS (30896)
NZ$ 5,416
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European Watch Company
234
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC Flieger Chronograph
NZ$ 6,628
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
952
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC Pilot Chronograph Steel 43mm Black Dial IW377701
NZ$ 4,971
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Stein Diamonds
115
US
IWC Big Pilot new 46.2mm Steel
IWC Special Anniversary Edition Big Date Enamel Big Pilot 150...
NZ$ 40,104
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
IWC Pilot Chronograph new 43mm Steel
IWC PILOT CHRONO LE PETIT PRINCE 43mm BLUE DIAL IW 377714
NZ$ 8,356
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SORELLE RONCO
1409
IT
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph
NZ$ 6,628
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 40mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Mark
NZ$ 4,895
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Private Seller
 
US
IWC Pilot Mark new 40mm Steel
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII IW327009 aus 2018, Full Set
NZ$ 6,209
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LUXUS-PORT
102
DE
IWC Pilot Mark new 41mm Ceramic
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Edition "Laureus Sport For Good Foundation"
NZ$ 9,227
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Watch-Lounge.de
339
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC IW377709 Flieger Pilot Chronograph SS (30969)
NZ$ 6,455
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European Watch Company
234
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chrono Laureus Limited Edition Blue Dial
NZ$ 7,551
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
952
NL
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot Grosse Fliegeruhr Stahl 7 Tagewerk Herrenuhr
NZ$ 11,226
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Juwelier Rieger
388
DE
IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Rose gold
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Boutique Edition Limited 250 pcs -...
NZ$ 49,669
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Doppelchronograph
NZ$ 9,921
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Stewart's Watches
52
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 39mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph
NZ$ 7,467
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
NZ$ 5,034
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Private Seller
 
IT
IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 36mm Steel
IWC Fliegeruhr Pilot Mark XII 12 Automatic Herrenuhr Service
NZ$ 7,199
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Timeless Watches GmbH
306
DE
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph new 44mm Ceramic
IWC Pilot's Double Chrono Ceramic Limited 1000 pcs
NZ$ 15,941
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Luxury Time
18
IT
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 44mm Ceramic
IWC IW378901 Top Gun Ceramic Pilot Chronograph (30052)
NZ$ 9,200
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European Watch Company
234
US
IWC Pilot (Submodel) pre-owned 44mm Steel
IWC Flieger Limited Edition Saint Exupery Power Reserve
NZ$ 8,054
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
952
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph new 43mm Steel
IWC Pilot Automatic Chronograph “Le Petit Prince”IW377717
NZ$ 8,349
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ChronoEdge
211
UK
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph new 43mm Steel
IWC Spitfire Ju Air Steel Limited 50 pcs. - IW3878-09
NZ$ 13,088
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Rose gold
IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph Rose gold
NZ$ 13,966
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Matsuda Housyoku Co., Ltd
25
JP
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph pre-owned 43mm Steel
IWC Fliegerchronograph
NZ$ 10,991
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun pre-owned 44mm Ceramic
IWC Top gun Ref. IW3799
NZ$ 8,877
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
NZ$ 4,614
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Private Seller
 
ES
IWC Pilot Mark new 40mm Steel
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII - Le Petit Prince - Blue - Bracelet
NZ$ 6,900
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Watch Exchange Co.
174
US
IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Titanium
IWC IW501004 Big Pilot Heritage Titanium UNWORN (30967)
NZ$ 15,581
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European Watch Company
234
US
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 46.2mm Rose gold
IWC Big Pilot 7-Days Gassan Limited Edition Rosé Gold
NZ$ 31,798
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
952
NL
IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 41mm Ceramic
IWC Mark XVIII Automatic Blue FullSet 41MM IW324703 2018
NZ$ 8,390
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ChronoCash
735
DE
IWC Big Pilot new 46mm White gold
IWC Antoine de Saint Exupery Big Pilot - IW500420
NZ$ 31,882
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
IWC Pilot Chronograph pre-owned 42mm Steel
IWC Fliegeruhr Chronograph
NZ$ 8,272
Free shipping
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
11
CH
IWC Pilot (Submodel) pre-owned 44mm Steel
IWC Saint Exupery Power Reserve
NZ$ 9,648
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TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
 
AT
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun new 44mm Ceramic
IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Chronograph Iw389001
NZ$ 14,515
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Mall of the Watch
1193
MC
IWC Pilot (Submodel) pre-owned 39mm Steel
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IWC Fliegeruhr UTC
NZ$ 4,178
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Private Seller
 
DE
IWC Big Pilot new 46.2mm Steel
IWC Big Pilot Automatic 7 Days IW501001
NZ$ 17,671
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ChronoEdge
211
UK
IWC Pilot Mark pre-owned 38mm Steel
IWC 3253-09 Mark XV White Dial SS (30710)
NZ$ 8,755
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European Watch Company
234
US
IWC Big Pilot new 46mm Rose gold
IWC Big Pilot Spitfire Red Gold NEW
NZ$ 36,077
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
952
NL
IWC Big Pilot pre-owned 45mm Rose gold
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Orsini
NZ$ 41,255
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New Bond Street Pawnbrokers
 
UK
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IWC Pilot's Watches: Pioneers in Aviation

Pilot's watches are IWC's specialty. The Swiss manufacturer has been producing high-quality pilot's watches since 1936, including the classics that make up the Mark series. Currently, they offer around two dozen different pilot's watch series.

Highlights

  • Pilot's watch tradition goes back to 1936
  • Trendy 46-mm Big Pilot watch
  • Mark XVIII, a classic pilot's watch
  • Ceramic, red gold, and stainless steel cases
  • Special editions: Spitfire, Top Gun, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Creating Pilot's Watches in Schaffhausen for Over 80 Years

The International Watch Company, also known as IWC, presented their first pilot's watch in 1936. Since then, IWC has been considered the pioneer in developing and manufacturing pilot's watches.

The original watch from 1936 had a diameter of 37.5 mm, making it relatively large for its time. This special watch had a finely ridged bezel with marker needle, enabling the wearer to record short periods of time. Not all planes were equipped with a fuel indicator in the 1930s, so pilots kept track of the flight time via the watch bezel. This allowed them to monitor the flight time, fuel consumption, and cruising range. Large, light-colored Arabic numerals and a black dial define the look of this special watch. The decentralized seconds is located at six o'clock. The escapement is protected against magnetism, which can negatively impact a timepiece's precision. Many features of this original watch are still being used today. Current pilot's watches have stark color contrasts and luminous hands to make them more legible, and many have streamlined designs featuring protection against magnetism.

The 52-caliber T. S. C. Big Pilot's Watch (reference number 431) followed in 1940 with an impressive 55-mm diameter case. IWC delivered this timepiece to the German Air Force. It was not the watch's size, but rather the rest of its design, that has influenced the look of classic pilot's watches to this day. Black/white dial contrast, sword hands, stick indices, Arabic numerals, and a triangle at 12 o'clock all remain typical design features of classic pilot's watches.

Big Pilot

The watch from the 1940s was succeeded by the Big Pilot. IWC has been producing this 46-mm stainless steel watch with a black dial since 2002. The watch isn't as big as its predecessors, but its new size is more practical. The 55-mm cases were meant to be worn over flight suits and weren't created for everyday civilian use. The Big Pilot has a seven-day power reserve thanks to a long mainspring and a special winding mechanism, the Pellaton winding system. It's named after its inventor, Albert Pellaton, who was the technical director at IWC for many years. In 1950, he patented this new technology whereby an automatic watch is wound bidirectionally by the natural movements of the wearer's arm. The round power reserve display is located at three o'clock.

From the Mark 11 to the Mark XVIII

One of IWC's top pilot's watches, the Mark XVIII, has its roots in 1948. IWC introduced the simple pilot's watch Mark 11 in that year; a watch that served as the Royal Air Force's service watch for 30 years. The name "Mark" comes from the RAF as well; the British used the term to refer to all interchangeable air force equipment that came from different manufacturers. In 1981, the RAF gradually phased out the Mark 11. By that time, IWC had made 8,000 timepieces for the military and 1,500 for civilian use. In 1994, IWC presented the watch's successor and switched to using Roman numerals for the name Mark XII.

The Mark XVIII, with a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 11 mm, has been available since 2016. Visually, it's not too different from the Mark 11. The wide sword hands, which replaced the older baton hands, immediately catch the eye. However, IWC made some concessions to keep the watch technologically up to date: The watch features a date display and an automatic movement instead of the legendary manual Caliber 89.

IWC also produces the Pilot's Watch Automatic 36. It's modeled after the Mark XVIII in terms of design, but has a smaller case diameter of 36 mm.

Pilot's Chronograph

The Pilot's Watch Chronograph isn't as minimalistic as the Mark XVIII. The 43-mm watch features a stopwatch function as well as three subdials. The small seconds at nine o'clock catches the eye thanks to a small red seconds hand standing out against the black/white color scheme. Its caliber, caliber 79320, is based on the popular Valjoux 7750 movement produced by the world's largest ébauche manufacturer, the ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA).

Dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

One of IWC's series is dedicated to the pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. The Frenchman was presumed dead in 1944 after disappearing during a reconnaissance mission while flying his Lockheed P-38. The series has a distinctive retro touch and the watches stand out with their characteristic blue or brown dial. They all come with a brown calfskin strap. The watches' case backs feature Saint-Exupéry related engravings, such as a P-38 or a portrait of the man himself. The collection also features a split-seconds chronograph. With this chronograph, you can time intervals while continuing to time another event.

Honoring the Spitfire

The Spitfire series pays homage to the most well-known pursuit plane from the Second World War. The case back features an engraving of the plane's silhouette from a bird's eye view. Most Spitfire watches can be identified by a slate gray dial.

Top Gun: The US Navy's Fighter Pilots

IWC entered the era of jet planes with their Top Gun series. The name refers to the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, more commonly known as Top Gun. Top Gun is also the name of a successful 1986 film starring Tom Cruise. The watches in the Top Gun series all feature a ceramic case, setting them apart from the other pilot's watches. The backside features an engraving of the Top Gun logo. The series also includes variations on other well-known IWC pilot's watches, such as the Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun, based on the Big Pilot. The case, strap, crown, and dial are completely black, while the hands, numerals, and stick indices are white.

Buying Advice

Do you want an authentic pilot's watch? IWC has been producing pilot's watches for civilian and military use since the 1930s. Very few Swiss manufacturers have a connection to aviation like IWC does. Their most significant competitor in this regard is Breitling.

If you want to stay trendy with a larger watch, then the 46-mm Big Pilot is a good choice. New versions made of stainless steel cost around 10,000 euros. If you prefer a red gold case, then the Big Pilot from the Spitfire series costs a total of 21,000 euros new.

Some of these pilot's watches also offer special complications. The Timezoner Chronograph can display multiple time zones. The Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar from the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry series has a perpetual calendar and perpetual moon phase display and shows the date, day of the week, month, and year.

The Mark XVIII is much less complicated; it features only one complication, a date display. The watch closely resembles the legendary Mark 11 used by the RAF. New, you can buy a simple Mark XVIII for around 3,500 euros. A vintage Mark 11 from the 1950s costs double that. The original Mark 11 had a diameter of 36 mm, but pilot's watches that size have become rare. IWC brought back the standard 36-mm size with their Pilot's Watch Automatic 36. New, it costs between 3,000 and 4,000 euros.

IWC: Success After a Rocky Start

IWC was manufacturing watches well before their first pilot's watches were made in 1936. However, they had a bit of a bumpy start. Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841 - 1916), an American, founded the International Watch Company in 1868 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Jones wanted to produce watches cheaply in Switzerland and sell them for profit in the United States. However, expensive import taxes prevented this from being a successful business model. After switching owners multiple times and declaring bankruptcy twice, IWC remained in the hands of the Rauschenbach and Homberger families from 1880 to 1978. IWC was heavily affected by the Quartz Crisis and again switched owners. Since 2000, the company has been a part of the Richemont Group along with other luxury brands such as A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, and Panerai.

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