Engineered for men.
Big Pilot’s Watch. Ref. 5004:
Your wrist never felt this big
before. Because the neatly
arranged dial, so strongly
reminiscent of cockpit instruments, contains everything you need for high-altitude flying with a safe, soft landing at the
end. Small wonder, then, that IWC’s Pilot’s
Watches have been around almost as long
as aircrafts themselves. The first model was
launched way back in 1936 and was followed
four years later by the Big Pilot’s Watch with its
52 T.S.C. pocket watch calibre. The largest
wristwatch of them all from IWC was equipped
with a chunky crown and an extra long strap
that permitted it to be worn over a flying suit.
Its precision was already up to chronometer
standards. Another legendary Pilot’s Watch
from Schaffhausen was the Mark 11, built
between 1948 and 1984. It was the first model whose movement was housed in a second
soft-iron inner case to protect it against magnetic fields.
But the history of IWC began much
earlier than that. In 1868, an American watchmaker, F. A. Jones, founded the International Watch Company
in Schaffhausen. Since then, the
firm’s engineers have developed
countless watches, such as the
line, the Portuguese models, the Pilot’s
Watch family, the Da Vinci and the Aquatimer
F. A. Jones.
series. ‘Probus Scafusia’ (good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen) encapsulates
this philosophy, and for over 100 years has
been IWC’s seal of quality. The many technical
achievements and innovations that have their
origins in Schaffhausen have borne impressive testimony to this for over 140 years.
The Big Pilot’s Watch of today is the sum total of over 70 years’ experience in the design of Pilot’s Watches. It consists of 357 individual parts and has a case measuring 46. 2 mm in diameter. The screw balance
and precision adjustment guarantee excellent timekeeping. The pawl-winding
system named after Albert Pellaton is bidirectional and builds up a seven-day power
reserve, visible on the display, in next to no
time. The soft-iron inner case protects the
large IWC-manufactured 51111-calibre, even
against strong magnetic fields. And, needless
to say, envious glances.
IWC. Engineered for men.
Mechanical IWC-manufactured movement | Pellaton automatic winding system | 7-day power reserve with display (figure) | Date display | Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields | Antireflective sapphire glass | Water-resistant 6 bar | Stainless steel