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IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
Rs. 1,979,554
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NUHA JEWELERS
 
US
IWC Big Pilot Annual Calendar Spitfire IW5027-02
IWC Big Pilot Annual Calendar Spitfire IW5027-02
Rs. 956,784
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Govberg Jewelers
148
US
IWC Big Pilot Father / 46mm ( 99,99% new )
IWC Big Pilot Father / 46mm ( 99,99% new )
Rs. 740,744
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exclusive-chrono.com
110
NL
IWC Big Pilot 7 Day Power Reserve White Gold Slate Dial
IWC Big Pilot 7 Day Power Reserve White Gold Slate Dial
Rs. 890,799
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Beverly Hills Watch Company
5
US
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Rose Gold Limited Edition Brazil
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Rose Gold Limited Edition Brazil
Rs. 2,534,390
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
416
NL
IWC Big Pilot Pink Gold 18k Blue Dial Le Petit Prince - Iw500909
IWC Big Pilot Pink Gold 18k Blue Dial Le Petit Prince - Iw500909
Rs. 1,845,816
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
55
IT
IWC Große Fliegeruhr IW500916 Le Petit Prince
IWC Große Fliegeruhr IW500916 Le Petit Prince
Rs. 906,142
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Uhren2000 GmbH
213
DE
IWC BIG Pilot Automatic 7 Days Power Reserve
IWC BIG Pilot Automatic 7 Days Power Reserve
Rs. 792,385
Seller
luxurywatches
19
SE
IWC Big Pilot , white gold 46 mm case, best world- IW500402 -...
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IWC Big Pilot , white gold 46 mm case, best world- IW500402 -...
Rs. 974,765
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Catawiki BV
 
IWC Limited Edition Platinum Big Pilot 103/500 NEW
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IWC Limited Edition Platinum Big Pilot 103/500 NEW
Rs. 2,308,754
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Private seller
 
US
IWC Big Pilot's Stahl Black 46mm 8-Tage Werk ungetragen B+P
IWC Big Pilot's Stahl Black 46mm 8-Tage Werk ungetragen B+P
Rs. 814,826
Seller
Uhrenkapital
183
DE
IWC Big Pilot 7 Days Power Reserve / 47mm
IWC Big Pilot 7 Days Power Reserve / 47mm
Rs. 557,488
Free shipping
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exclusive-chrono.com
110
NL
IWC IW500901 IW500901 Big Pilot SS / Leather (26787)
IWC IW500901 IW500901 Big Pilot SS / Leather (26787)
Rs. 613,662
Seller
European Watch Company
56
US
IWC Big Pilot White Gold
IWC Big Pilot White Gold
Rs. 1,197,012
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
416
NL
IWC Big Pilot's Watch - Iw500912
IWC Big Pilot's Watch - Iw500912
Rs. 713,918
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
55
IT
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Saint Exupery Rosegold IW500421
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Saint Exupery Rosegold IW500421
Rs. 1,621,230
Seller
CologneWatchCenter
114
DE
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 7 Days 46mm Black Dial NEW
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 7 Days 46mm Black Dial NEW
Rs. 818,803
Seller
Timepiece Bank
215
BE
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Automatic White Gold - IW500402
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Automatic White Gold - IW500402
Rs. 1,022,770
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
72
CH
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Black Automatic IW500912
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Black Automatic IW500912
Rs. 621,543
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
IWC BIG PILOT’S HERITAGE WATCH 48 Ref. IW510301
IWC BIG PILOT’S HERITAGE WATCH 48 Ref. IW510301
Rs. 832,060
Seller
WINGOO WATCHES
212
IT
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
Rs. 452,453
Seller
Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
IWC IW502618 IW502618 Big Pilot OrangePerpetual Calendar SS...
IWC IW502618 IW502618 Big Pilot OrangePerpetual Calendar SS...
Rs. 1,840,985
Seller
European Watch Company
56
US
IWC Men's IW500901 Big Pilot 7-Day Watch
IWC Men's IW500901 Big Pilot 7-Day Watch
Rs. 801,257
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
520
CH
IWC Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar Stainless Steel Gents...
IWC Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar Stainless Steel Gents...
Rs. 1,739,771
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Xupes.com
54
UK
IWC Big Pilot Ewiger Kalender "Antoine de Saint Exupery"
IWC Big Pilot Ewiger Kalender "Antoine de Saint Exupery"
Rs. 1,657,881
Seller
Fabel GmbH
116
DE
IWC Big Pilot Black Dial 7 days Power Reserve NEW
IWC Big Pilot Black Dial 7 days Power Reserve NEW
Rs. 810,225
Seller
Timepiece Bank
215
BE
IWC Big Pilot Tourneau Rose Gold Limited 50 pieces. - IW500408
IWC Big Pilot Tourneau Rose Gold Limited 50 pieces. - IW500408
Rs. 1,871,550
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
72
CH
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW500916
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW500916
Rs. 608,858
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
IWC Big Pilot Saint-Exupéry
IWC Big Pilot Saint-Exupéry
Rs. 1,403,662
Seller
CRESUS
FR
IWC IW503801 Big Pilot Perpetual Calender (Steel)Limited 750PCS
IWC IW503801 Big Pilot Perpetual Calender (Steel)Limited 750PCS
Rs. 1,336,106
Seller
K&S Watch & Jewellery
12
HK
IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
Rs. 655,042
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
416
NL
IWC BIG PILOT FATHER - PLATINUM 950 - SPECIAL EDITION
IWC BIG PILOT FATHER - PLATINUM 950 - SPECIAL EDITION
Rs. 1,950,035
Seller
Home4me SA
 
CH
IWC Big Pilot's Heritage Watch 48 - LIMITED EDITION T
IWC Big Pilot's Heritage Watch 48 - LIMITED EDITION T
Rs. 1,010,559
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2138
IT
IWC PILOT’S WATCH ANNUAL CALENDAR SPITFIRE
IWC PILOT’S WATCH ANNUAL CALENDAR SPITFIRE
Rs. 1,130,728
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Fabel GmbH
116
DE
IWC Big Pilots Heritage 48 Limited Edition Automatic IW510301
IWC Big Pilots Heritage 48 Limited Edition Automatic IW510301
Rs. 839,649
Free shipping
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ChronoEdge
64
UK
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Antoine De Saint Exupery Limited 500...
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Antoine De Saint Exupery Limited 500...
Rs. 2,111,524
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
72
CH
IWC Big Pilot Edition Le Petit Prince 46mm Midnight blue NEW
IWC Big Pilot Edition Le Petit Prince 46mm Midnight blue NEW
Rs. 853,894
Seller
Timepiece Bank
215
BE
IWC Big Pilot IW500401
IWC Big Pilot IW500401
Rs. 580,960
Seller
Van Wonderen Watches
75
NL
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Silver Automatic IW500906
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Silver Automatic IW500906
Rs. 828,724
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar
Rs. 2,243,164
Seller
WatchUWant.com
52
US
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition IW5026-35
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition IW5026-35
Rs. 1,976,255
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
148
US
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince”
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince”
Rs. 843,679
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2138
IT
IWC BIG PILOT EDITION LE PETITE PRINCE
IWC BIG PILOT EDITION LE PETITE PRINCE
Rs. 768,115
Seller
Fabel GmbH
116
DE
IWC Big Pilot white gold
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IWC Big Pilot white gold
Rs. 1,208,709
Seller
Private seller
 
NL
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Le Petit Prince Stahl IW500916
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Le Petit Prince Stahl IW500916
Rs. 763,436
Seller
CologneWatchCenter
114
DE
IWC BIG PILOT'S WATCH EDITION Ref. IW500916
IWC BIG PILOT'S WATCH EDITION Ref. IW500916
Rs. 733,024
Seller
WINGOO WATCHES
212
IT
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 46 mm
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 46 mm
Rs. 818,803
Free shipping
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
IWC Big Pilot limited edition full set
IWC Big Pilot limited edition full set
Rs. 846,096
Free shipping
Seller
RIVIERAWATCH
49
FR
IWC Big Pilot pink gold 18K blue dial Le Petit Prince 500909 NEW
IWC Big Pilot pink gold 18K blue dial Le Petit Prince 500909 NEW
Rs. 1,870,770
Seller
Timepiece Bank
215
BE
IWC Big Pilot Annual Calendar Edition "Le Petit Prince&#34...
IWC Big Pilot Annual Calendar Edition "Le Petit Prince"...
Rs. 1,910,270
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
148
US
IWC Big Pilot's Automatic Black Dial 46mm IW500912 T
IWC Big Pilot's Automatic Black Dial 46mm IW500912 T
Rs. 787,532
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2138
IT
IWC Big Pilot Saint Exupery White Gold Limited Edition
IWC Big Pilot Saint Exupery White Gold Limited Edition
Rs. 1,345,176
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
416
NL
IWC Big Pilot Bartorelli Power Reserve Limited 50 pcs.- 5004
IWC Big Pilot Bartorelli Power Reserve Limited 50 pcs.- 5004
Rs. 1,286,690
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
72
CH
IWC IW500916 " LE PETIT PRINCE" Big Pilot Special Edition
IWC IW500916 " LE PETIT PRINCE" Big Pilot Special Edition
Rs. 624,080
Seller
K&S Watch & Jewellery
12
HK
IWC BIG PILOT
IWC BIG PILOT
Rs. 616,052
Free shipping
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Buysellawatch.com
 
CY
IWC Große Fliegeruhr Big Pilot Ref. IW500912
IWC Große Fliegeruhr Big Pilot Ref. IW500912
Rs. 818,023
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
213
DE
IWC Big Pilot's
IWC Big Pilot's
Rs. 736,845
Seller
Fabel GmbH
116
DE
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Edition - Iw500916 - 500916
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Edition - Iw500916 - 500916
Rs. 731,854
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
55
IT
IWC Big Pilot IW5103-01
IWC Big Pilot IW5103-01
Rs. 722,537
Seller
WatchUWant.com
52
US
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Spitfire T
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Spitfire T
Rs. 1,232,805
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2138
IT

The Big Pilot from IWC: A Bold Timepiece

Highlights

  • Famous pilot's watch
  • Case diameters ranging from 46 to 55 mm
  • Easy to read thanks to a large dial and stark color contrast
  • Protected against magnetic fields
  • Special limited edition collector's models

A Cockpit Inspired Design

The International Watch Company, better known as IWC, has been producing watches meant for pilots since 1936. In 1940, during the Second World War, the company introduced the 52-caliber T. S. C. Big Pilot's Watch. The timepiece, reference number 431, had a 55-mm case and weighed 183 grams. It remains the largest watch IWC has ever produced. Its case size was, at the time, much larger than average due to the use of an in-house movement originally developed to fit pocket watches. The watch ran precisely and in accordance with the chronometer norm. The central seconds could be stopped in order to allow pilots and navigators to sync their watches with each other or with a time signal to the exact second.
Altogether, the imposing IWC timepieces met the technological standards of the time. The dial had a similar design to the circular cockpit instruments in propeller planes such as the Junkers Ju 52. Clear legibility even under poor lighting conditions was a predominant concern. Thanks to the watch's large dimensions, only one look was required to gather the time. The design was based solely around its legibility: A black dial contrasted with the white stick indices, Arabic numerals, and sword hands. A triangle marked the 12-hour position, and luminous material ensured that the watch was legible at night. The German Air Force supplied their crews with these IWC watches. However, IWC combined Swiss neutrality and business sense in a unique way: The Mark XI from 1948, another legendary pilot's watch, was purchased by the British Royal Air Force and used for 30 years.

Big Pilot's Watch

The Big Pilot's Watch from 1940 has experienced multiple comebacks. The first was in 2002 with the Big Pilot's Watch, which is still part of the collection. The original 55-mm case size wasn't practical for everyday wear, so IWC downsized the newer watch to 46 mm with a thickness of 16 mm. They also added a round power reserve display at three o'clock to an otherwise sparse dial. The watch has an impressive power reserve of seven days; it's even more impressive when you consider most other mechanical wristwatches have power reserves lasting less than two days. The automatic movement features a Pellaton winding system. The system is named after its inventor, Albert Pellaton, who was the technical director at IWC for many years. The patented mechanism winds the movement bidirectionally and, together with the long mainspring, enables a week-long power reserve.
The Big Pilot's Watch also has a date display at six o'clock, a feature not present on the 1940 model. The striking, large onion crown is screw-down. The watch is waterproof to 60 m, equal to a pressure of six bar.
The historical origin of the watch's design is easy to see, as it has a black dial with white sword hands, white stick indices, and Arabic numerals. There's even a triangle at 12 o'clock instead of the numeral, giving the Big Pilot a clear retro look.
The in-house caliber 51111 is protected by a soft-iron case designed to prevent deviation from the correct time caused by magnetic fields. The case was necessary since there are strong magnetic fields present in airplanes caused by the electricity needed for fuel injection. The case back of this stainless steel watch with reference number IW500912 features an engraving of the famous German aircraft Junkers Ju 52.

Big Pilot's Heritage Watch

IWC added two additional Big Pilot watches to their portfolio in 2016, both of which followed in the footsteps of the original from 1940: the Big Pilot's Heritage models, available in 48 and 55 mm. Both have a titanium case and weigh 120 and 150 grams, respectively. By and large, they look the same, apart from their size difference. The hands and indices on the black dial are somewhere between antique white and cream. Together with the riveted, brown calfskin strap, it has a much more old-fashioned feel than the 46-mm Big Pilot. Furthermore, one important difference is how the watch is wound. The Big Pilot from 2002 winds automatically from arm movements, while the newer watches require the wearer to wind them via a crown.
The in-house caliber 59215 powers the Big Pilot's Heritage Watch 48 with an impressive eight-day power reserve. The power reserve display is located on the back side and visible through a small, round opening in the titanium case. The dial has a central seconds and minute hands as well as a small seconds at six o'clock with an integrated date display, and the white sword hands feature blued borders.
The Big Pilot's Heritage Watch 55 has a diameter of 55 mm, exactly matching its historical predecessor. It is powered by the in-house caliber 98300, which has no date display or power reserve indicator - also like the original. However, unlike the watch from the 1940s, it doesn't feature central seconds, but rather a small seconds at six o'clock.

Buying Advice

Are you looking for an impressive, large watch with a functional design and retro flair? Then you should consider the Big Pilot.
If the Big Pilot participated in a pilot's watch competition, it would certainly win top prize. That's no surprise - it's the quintessential pilot's watch with a diameter of at least 46 mm, a contrasting black/white color combination, and a clear dial. The watch is even more eye-catching when paired with a suit and tie. It doesn't simply disappear under shirt sleeves, as it's meant to be worn over flight suits. The Big Pilot can be considered an uncompromising alternative to the classic dress watch.
If the "regular" Big Pilots would win, then the Heritage models with their larger diameters of 48 and 55 mm would certainly receive even higher marks. IWC produced these watches in a limited run of 1,000 48-mm watches (reference number 5103) and only 100 55-mm versions (reference number 5104). For the smaller Heritage model, you should be prepared to pay around 13,000 euros. The much rarer 55-mm version initially cost around 15,000 euros, but it has risen in value due to its limited run. Other special editions are available in the five-figure range, such as a version with an 18-karat red gold or platinum case. IWC abandoned the Big Pilot's minimalism in some models, adding complications like a perpetual calendar. These versions range from 20,000 to 30,000 euros.
The stainless steel Big Pilot is significantly more affordable; new, it costs around 10,000 euros.

The Jones Caliber

The pocket watch caliber which IWC used to power their first large pilot's watch is nicknamed the Jones caliber after the founder of the company, Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841 - 1916). The Bostonian founded the company in 1868 in Switzerland, but import taxes to the United States were expensive. In the end, exporting the watches from Schaffhausen failed. IWC changed owners many times after Jones left the company and today it belongs to the luxury goods concern Richemont. Richemont also owns famous brands such as Panerai and Cartier.

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