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    IWC? Pilot?

    What and why is your favorite IWC Pilot?
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    I was looking at the 39mm Mark XVI, 40mm Mark XVIII, and the 41mm Mark XVII.

    I bought the 17. I prefer the dial layout of the 16/17, without the 3,6,9,12. I would prefer no date, but of the 16 and 17, I like the 17. The red triangle adds a small splash of color and I'm likely one of the few that likes the open/alt style date. The bracelet on the 17/18 is brilliant. Small links that hug the wrist and can be removed with a toothpick topped with a clasp with an amazing micro adjust.






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    Simple, with a bit of heritage for me. The pilot watches have a dual heritage - the RAF and the Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe heritage can be seen in the Big Pilot models, but theyíre too big.

    That leaves -


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    The Mark XVIII can trace its roots back to the iconic Mark 11 of 1948, which was commissioned (and designed) by the British Ministry of Defence for the RAF. The main stylistic difference is that it has German style Ďfliegerí hands, probably because most potential customers prefer them to the original hands.

    The Spitfire model has a dial that is a little closer to the Mk11, but also has flieger hands. The Spitfire connection is also a little tenuous.

    Of the two, Iíd take the Mark XVIII. Itís an honest, clean update of the classic style.

    Of other models, Iíll confess a bias and say that I couldnít wear something called Top Gun. Some of the chronographs are attractive but Iíd prefer a three-hander.

    As regular readers wonít be surprised to hear, I prefer the look of the $600 MkII Hawkinge to either of the IWCs above (closer to the Mark 11), but Iíd happily acknowledge that a Seiko-powered MkII isnít an IWC...

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    I find Mark XVI appealing, available pre-owned around 2.2 - 2.5 k€. Basic pilot looks at reasonable size.


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    The 3717. Classic pilot design and perfect size. It's the longest watch I have owned in my collection.

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    Is their 3 dial, 12 hour, chronograph movement a Valjoux 7750 at heart?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckmiller View Post
    Is their 3 dial, 12 hour, chronograph movement a Valjoux 7750 at heart?

    Yes. I think IWC used to modify the 2892 and 7750 to their specs, but ETA integrated the IWC changes and now supplies IWC with complete movements to their specs.

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    Is their 3 dial, 12 hour, chronograph movement a Valjoux 7750 at heart?
    IWC recently went inhouse with their new pilot line. I'm strongly considering traded my 3717 for the 397903. I'm just not feeling the faux patina. We shall see.

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    Is it the 79320 Calibre?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybotron View Post
    IWC recently went inhouse with their new pilot line. I'm strongly considering traded my 3717 for the 397903. I'm just not feeling the faux patina. We shall see.

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    Disregard, it's this one


    69380 Calibre
    IWC-manufactured movement
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