IWC St. Exupery Pilots Chronograph Special Edition Ref. IW371709 Now

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Basic Info

Code 46473
Movement Automatic
Condition 1 (mint)
  With box
  With papers
Location United States, Missouri, Chesterfield
Price $6,480
Availability Available now

Caliber

Movement Automatic

Case

Dial Brown

Functions

Chronograph

Others

Chronometer, Limited Edition

Description

IWC St. Exupery Pilots Chronograph Special Edition Ref. IW371709

Like new condition with box and papers.

Only 1630 Created World Wide.

#09XX/1630

IWC St. Exupery Chronograph Limited Edition Stainless Steel 42 mm with a rich brown dial (it is very dark and often appears black). It has an automatic self winding movement making it a great daily wear. Of course it has tons of character and this model is highly collectible.

75 years after the publication of his novel, Night Flight, Swiss chronometer maker IWC Schaffhausen is dedicating a limited edition of one of its pilot’s watches to the pilot and author Antoine de Saint Exupéry.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry, known as “Saint Ex” last climbed into the cockpit of an aeroplane. a Lockheed P38 Lightning, on the military airfield at Borgo in Corsica for a reconnaissance flight over occupied France on 31 July 1944. He failed to return.

Most famous for writing the "Little Prince", his novel "Night Flight" was published 75 years ago, and tells the story of the loss of an aircraft carrying mail from Patagonia en route for Buenos Aires. It was based on his experiences in the '30s building up the Aéroposta Argentina airmail company operating from Buenos Aires, which was the first functional airmail network in that part of the world.

IWC is dedicating a limited edition pilot’s watch to pilot and poet Antoine de Saint Exupéry to mark the 75th anniversary of his novel “Night Flight” (Vol de Nuit), first published in 1931. This figure also represents the number of watches in the limited edition: 1630 in stainless steel, 250 in 18 ct. rose gold, 50 in 18 ct. white gold and one – in this case, not for sale – in platinum. This watch will be auctioned for a good cause at the end of 2006, together with a copy of the first edition of “Night Flight” with a handwritten dedication by the author. The special edition is a professional pilot’s watch whose tobacco-coloured dial is set off by small silver-plated inner dials. The hour counter disc contains the initial “A” from Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s signature. The back of the case features an engraved portrait of the pilot in his flying suit. Each watch is supplied with a copy of “Night Flight” that also contains hitherto unpublished illustrative material. Antoine de Saint Exupéry, whose job as a pilot often took him into extremely dangerous situations, would have loved this timepiece.

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