The line of Pilot’s Watches is the most famous and, at the same time, the largest one. In 1936, IWC manufactured the very first Special Pilot’s Watch that boasts a rugged glass, a rotating bezel with an arrowhead index for immediate readability and an antimagnetic escapement, together with luminescent hands and numerals.
Since 1940, the Swiss manufacturer started producing the largest wristwatch ever made by IWC, the 52 T. S. C. Big Pilot’s Watch, with the diameter of imposing 55 mm. The watch was produced in accordance with military specifications. It was equipped with the in-house manufactured movement, it brought accuracy required for a chronometer and satisfied the special needs that applied at that time to navigation or deck watches.
For more than 70 years, IWC has been producing Pilot’s Watches for professional use with the knowledge what they must withstand and how they must perform in all kinds of extreme situations. Each pilot’s watch is protected by convex sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings on both sides and secured against displacement by drop in air pressure. They also feature soft-iron inner cases that protect the movements against magnetic fields. The water-resistance of each timepiece is assured down to 60 meters (200 feet).