IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI is a worthy successor of the legendary Pilot’s Watch – the Mark 11 which went on to become one of the most famous pilot’s watches ever. The piece manufactured to celebrate a special partnership with the British army is in no way overshadowed by its forebears. On the contrary, it is characterized by a powerful masculine design and outstanding resistance to magnetism, air and water pressure.
The sophisticated, slim and imminently wearable man’s timepiece comes in a mid-size round case crafted from high-quality stainless steel. The well proportioned case measures 39 mm in diameter and only 11.5 mm in thickness. IWC from Schaffhausen offered two types of wristlets for this watch. You can choose between a model attached to a black alligator leather strap with a classic pin buckle (the referent number is IW325501), or a model with a three raw stainless steel bracelet (the referent number is IW325504).
A Slice of History on Your Wrist
Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI is powered effortlessly by the Caliber 30110 mechanical movement. As far as I know, the movement is based on one of the most reliable Swiss movements ever – ETA 2892-A2 which was slightly modified by IWC. The self-winding movement built on 21 jewels oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 beats per hour and preserves estimated 42 hours of power reserve when fully charged. The movement provides the usual set of functions, as well as a date function.
The case of Mark XVI watch is protected on both sides by convex sapphire crystals with antireflective coatings. The watch also features an IWC developed system, a soft-iron inner case, which confers special protection against magnetic fields. There is also a glass specially secured against the eventual air pressure drops that can occur during a flight. The case is constructed to resist water pressure down to 60 meters (200 feet) beneath water surface.
A Timeless Beauty of the Clear Looking Dial
At the first glance, the reduced design of the dial reminisces of an aircraft cockpit. This is the logical extension of the previous Pilot’s models. The sleek, black dial with contrasting white Arabic numerals as hour markers and the propeller-like hour and minute hands which are filled with luminous materials provides a perfectly legible look. At the 12 o’clock position, there is a luminescent arrowhead index which unmistakably echoes the Pilot’s watches from the 1940s. Besides the arrowhead index, the hour markers at the quarter hour are also filled with luminous materials that preserve perfect legibility in low light conditions. There is also a black-on-white date window which is traditionally situated at the 3 o’clock position.
Whether you choose the model attached to a steel bracelet or the one attached to a stylish leather strap, you will get a reliable timekeeping companion. Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI is an excellent timepiece for everyday wear because it matches perfectly with any outfit. Depending on the model, the watch is priced from $4,000 to $5,500.