In 2008, a Swiss manufacturer IWC launched the Vintage Collection comprising six unique reinterpretations from the company’s past. One of them is Pilot’s Watch Hand Wound which is equipped with a pocket watch movement from the 98000-caliber hand wound family (instead of the original 83 caliber) with a large screw balance and Breguet spring. From the technical point of view, this contemporary timepiece indeed represents the real state of art.
The Hand Wound Pilot’s Watch boasts classical looking cockpit design that has remained unchanged to this day and there is no wonder why it is described as “a modern interpretation of the ‘mother of all IWC Pilot’s Watches’.
This classical looking timepiece is housed in a round case with 44 mm in diameter and with the thickness of 12 mm. Its large case carries a rotating bezel linked to a luminescent arrowhead index for measuring time up to twelve hours. The bi-directional bezel is quite useful pilots’ instrument because it can help them to set their maximum flying time.
This exquisite timekeeper is coated on both sides by a convex sapphire crystal with antireflective coating. For all watch aficionados there is a see-through case back, made especially for those who appreciate the beauty of the rhythm.
Depending on a model, the case comes in stainless steel, platinum and either white or rose gold. The water-resistance of the case is assured to 60 meters (200 feet), so it is suitable for showering, but not for swimming and diving.
The dial of the Pilot’s Hand Wound Watch features luminescent hour and minute hands, seconds sub-dial set at the six o’clock position, as well as luminescent Arabic numerals.
The Impeccable Movement is Ideal for a Large Hand-wound Timepiece
Inside Vintage Pilot’s Watch, there is a hand wound IWC 98300 movement which produces 18,000 vibrations per hour. Built on 18 jewels, a hand wound movement provides the amazing 46 hours of power reserve. It is based on the famous 98 caliber which was firstly designed for hunter pocket watches in the mid-1930’s and has been regularly improved by IWC for over 80 years. The movement is visible through the transparent sapphire-glass back where you can enjoy in the complex maze of metal elements which joins forces to assure high precision and reliability.
This movement is a part of the 98000 caliber family which is incorporated in Portuguese Hand-Wound models, as well as in Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound Watch.
Limited Edition of 500 Platinum Watches
IWC offers four versions of Pilot’s Hand Wound Watch. Whichever model you choose, you will certainly have to pay a lot! The most expensive model IW325405 boasts a platinum case and it is produced in the limited quantity of 500 pieces.
The platinum version is attached to a black calfskin strap and it has a silver plated dial. If you want to buy this luxury wristwatch, you will have to pay at least $30,000. The Swiss watchmaker brought two models, crafted either from 18-karat white or rose gold. Their referent numbers are IW325404 and IW325403. Both of them are accessorized with brown calfskin straps, and you can choose between gray and silver plated dials. Each of these two models can be purchased for less than $19,000 (the average price for this watch on the internet is approximately $14,500). The last, but not the least model IW325401 is crafted from the top-grade stainless steel and it sports a black dial and a brown calfskin strap. This exceptional model is priced about $8,000.
Whether your choice is the platinum, 18-karat gold version or the stainless steel one, you will get the effortlessly stylish, yet utilitarian watch which captures the essence of what the real Pilot’s Watch should be.