Starting with the Iwc Watches New York City Replica Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage, the new piece is quite similar to previous major Pilot’s Watches with the exclusion of case material, that is currently either bronze or titanium, and the inclusion of this very impressive IWC 52110 in-house manufacture caliber. IWC’s automatic winding 52110 includes a staggering 168 hour (seven day) power book, Côtes de Genève and perlage finishing, and 31 stones, all ticking along at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) inside of a soft iron inner case to withstand magnetic fields located in aviation environments. The normal major Pilot’s 51111 quality features more jewels at 42 but defeats at a significantly slower 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz). Otherwise, the 46.2mm case, signature crown, and classic inspired leather strap remain similar in fashion to previous Big Pilot’s. For anyone who have more routine wrists and bank account, IWC also have generated the Mark XVIII at a special Heritage edition. The new IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Heritage retains the aviation fashion dial and hands as well as the modest 40mm case size from previous versions. New is using titanium for a case substance which lends the piece a utilitarian feel as well as a much lighter overall weight reduction. The addition of IWC’s 35111 caliber also distinguishes this new version from it is forebears and while it isn’t a totally in-house caliber like those in the Heritage Big Pilot’s, it’s still a competent 25-jewel movement dependent on the Sellita SW300 instead of the 21-jewel, ETA 2892 base motion located in the standard IWC Mark XVIII. A marginally less striking caliber like the 35111 using a more approachable 42-hour power reserve also helps keep the price somewhat fair.
In 2016, IWC took a step back towards the roots of the Big Pilot’s Watch and gave it a gentle facelift. The IWC-manufactured 51111-calibre movement unites some of watchmaking’s greatest achievements.
The watch also features a striking conical crown. This model comes with a black calfskin strap by Santoni, which perfectly complements the watch.
The spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system build up a power reserve of over 7 days. The power reserve display at “3 o’clock” indicates the time remaining until the movement comes to a stop. The Big Pilot’s Watch has a date display at “6 o’clock” and the central seconds essential in any watch used for flying.
The 46-millimetre case, which is water-resistant to 6 bar, encloses a soft-iron inner case that protects the movement against magnetic fields.