Since the launch of IWC’s first Spezialuhr fur Flieger (German for Special Pilot’s Watch) back in 1936, the watch model that thrust the IWC pilot’s collection into the spotlight was the Pilot’s Watch Mark XI manufactured in 1948 for the Royal Air Force. Well-loved by watch collectors the world over for it’s simple and classic appeal, subsequent editions of the Pilot’s Watch Mark series was made based on Mark XI with the latest model being the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI”.

So what makes this new edition different? Beyond the more peripheral changes like the painted Arabic numerals in white, cream-coloured luminous markers resembling aged tritium, baton-styled hands on the matte black dial or the green nylon NATO strap which pays homage to the Pilot’s Watch Mark XI, the new model comes with an improved calibre 35111 watch movement, a date window at three o’clock and a bigger stainless steel casing suitable for both on and off work settings.

This is a model I would recommend for individuals looking for a simple, smart and yet updated pilot’s watch for a price that doesn’t breaking the bank. As a matter of fact, I’m tempted to get a piece for myself.


International Watch Co. Vintage Pilot’s Watch Mark XI.

Fortunately for Londoners, the version with the NATO strap is available exclusively at Harrods in London for the first three months starting from July 2017 at GBP 3,790 before it arrives in Singapore sometime between November and December 2017. As the collection is limited to only 1,948 pieces worldwide (after the year it was produced), it’s best you make your pre-orders soon at the IWC boutique in ION Orchard or Marina Bay Sands.

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