IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 & 55

IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 & 55

The 4 main collections of the brand have now been updated, so it’s time for another round-up, as for the SIHH 2016, the show will be focused on heritage and navigation. You’ve guessed it, this year will be the year of the IWC Pilot’s Watch. To start the year, here are the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 & 55.

IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48

The first novelty of the IWC Pilot’s Watch collection is a tribute to the antique B-Uhr watches manufactured by several brands (including IWC) during Second World War, for German pilots. The IWC Pilot’s Watch collection has always been a modern interpretation of these B-Uhr timepieces but here, we’re talking about a proper and faithful re-issue, including the insanely large diameter of the cases. To be as legible as possible, these observer’s watches were big, very big. With a case diameter of 55 millimeters, they were close to be clocks. With the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48, and even more with the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55, the brand reminds to the world these military oriented pieces.

At 55mm large, the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 follows on directly from the Big Pilot’s Watch of 1940. This enormous watch, available in a very limited run if only 100 pieces, is clearly oriented to hardcore collectors and lovers of authentic pilot’s watches.

Wearability and comfort are clearly not the goal (and it will be an almost impossible watch to wear – remember the 57mm case of the Zenith Type 20, another watch with the same heritage goal in mind) but it is always interesting to see bold editions made by large brands such as IWC.

IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 – 1

With a slightly smaller but still imposing case diameter of 48mm, the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48, which is limited to 1,000 pieces, is a (almost) practical alternative for every-day use. The re-issue of such diameters is not the only tribute to the past made by IWC here, as the entire watch transpire vintage, with many elements inspired by the antique B-Uhr. First, the dial. Absent in previous models of the Big Pilot’s Watch after 2002, the numerals at 3 and 9 are back in their familiar positions. At 12, the large triangle with two dots on top is still in place, just where is should be, meaning below the index on the track and not replacing this index (another feature that is faithful to the antique B-Uhr watches). The dial remains black with large tracks and numerals, coated with Super-Luminova (for the night visibility) but with a cream colour (for the vintage feel). The propeller-like hands are large, blued and also filled with luminous paint.

Whatever the dimension you’ll choose, the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage watches come in case made of titanium with a sand-blasted finish (in order to limit reflections and to limit the weight of these large watches – 150 grams for the 55mm and 120 grams for the 48mm). These cases feature a soft-iron cage in order to protect the movements from magnetic fields (something helpful in a plane cockpit). For the brown calfskin strap, the designers took their inspiration from the historic leather strap found on the Big Pilot’s Watch. This allowed the timepiece to be worn over a flight suit. The strap is divided in two and sewn together at the ends, which makes it impossible to drop the watch accidentally when putting it on your wrist. Then, as now, two rivets on the spring bar hold the strap together.

Technical information 55mm

– Reference IW510401
– Case Material titanium
– Bracelet/Strap brown calfskin strap
– Dial Colour black – Jewels 18
– Calibre 98300
– Limited edition of 100 watches
– Mechanical movement – Hand-wound
– IWC-manufactured 98300 calibre (98000-calibre family)
– 46-hour power reserve when fully wound
– Small hacking seconds
– Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
– Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
– Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
– Water-resistant 6 bar
– Case height 13.5 mm
– Diameter 55 mm

Technical information 48mm

– Reference IW510301
– Case Material titanium
– Bracelet/Strap brown calfskin strap
– Dial Colour black
– Jewels 30
– Calibre 59215
– Limited edition of 1,000 watches
– Mechanical movement – Hand-wound
– IWC-manufactured 59215 calibre (59000-calibre family)
– 8-day power reserve when fully wound
– Power reserve display
– Small hacking seconds
– Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
– Breguet spring
– Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
– Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
– Sapphire-glass back
– Water-resistant 6 bar
– Case height 14.5 mm
– Diameter 48 mm

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