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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.20mm Blue United States of America, California, San Mateo
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IWC Pilot's Watches Automatic Blue Dial Men's Watch - IW500916
$10,399
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium 48.00mm Black United States of America, California, San Mateo
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IWC Pilot's Watches Manual-winding Black Dial Men's Watch -...
$12,439
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2806
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black United States of America, California, San Mateo
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IWC Big Pilot's Automatic Black Dial Men's Watch - IW500912
$10,319
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2806
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.20mm Black United States of America, California, Burlingame
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IWC Pilot's Watches Automatic Black Dial Men's Watch - IW500901
$10,779
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2806
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Arabic numerals United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
IWC IW500916 Big Pilot "LE PETIT PRINCE" Blue Dial (35414)
$9,900
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587
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Arizona, Scottsdale
IWC Big Pilot Safari
$19,500
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IWC Big Pilot White gold 46mm Grey Arabic numerals United States of America, Texas, Houston
IWC Big Pilot White Gold
$15,500
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium 48mm Black United States of America, North Carolina, Winston Salem
IWC Big Pilot Heritage 48 Titanium Limited xx/1000 99.99% LNIB...
$9,999
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159
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Massachusetts, Milford
IWC Big Pilot Heritage
$9,999
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112
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IWC Big Pilot Steel Blue Arabic numerals United States of America, Iowa, Des Moines
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince” 46mm IW501002
$10,300
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1246
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IWC Big Pilot Steel Grey Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
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IWC Annual Calendar Spitfire Big
$15,500
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627
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IWC Big Pilot White gold 46.4mm Grey Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
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IWC Big Pilot 7 Days Power Reserve 18K White Gold
$15,455
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11
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IWC Big Pilot Rose gold 46mm Brown Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, Massapequa Park
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
$26,494
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625
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Grey Arabic numerals United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
IWC IW502702 Big Pilot Annual Calendar Spitfire SS / Grey Dial...
$14,200
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587
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Pennsylvania, Narberth
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IWC Big Pilot (IW5009 7-Day Reserve)
$8,195
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Texas, Austin
IWC : Big Pilot 7-Day : IW500401 : Stainless Steel
$7,070
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603
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Blue Arabic numerals
IWC Big Pilot’s Edition Le Petit Prince IW501002 Extended...
$11,778
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123
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IWC Big Pilot Bronze Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Massachusetts, Milford
IWC Big Pilot
$9,750
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112
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IWC Big Pilot Bronze Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Iowa, Des Moines
IWC Big Pilot Heritage Limited Edition Bronze 46mm IW501005
$13,200
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1246
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
IWC Big Pilot Heritage
$10,290
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20
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, California, Pleasant Hill
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar, Ref IW502619, Steel, Lim ED
$23,595
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174
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, California, La Jolla
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46MM Automatic IW500901 - Certified Pre-Own
$8,490
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16
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IWC Big Pilot Steel Black United States of America, Florida, North Miami Beach
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IWC Big Pilot Stainless Steel Men's Watch iw500901
$11,500
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266
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Florida, Aventura
IWC Big Pilot
$26,500
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400
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Texas, Austin
IWC : Big Pilot 'Slow Beat' 7-Day Fish Crown : IW500201 : ...
$9,350
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603
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IWC Big Pilot White gold 46mm Blue Arabic numerals United States of America, Alabama, Orlando
IWC Big Pilot 18K White Gold Le Petit Prince Calendar Watch
$32,099
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95
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Florida, Coconut Creek
IWC Big Pilot
$9,880
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IWC Big Pilot Ceramic 46.5mm United States of America, Iowa, Des Moines
IWC Big Pilot Rodeo Drive Perpetual Calendar Ceramic 46mm 503001
$28,500
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1246
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Blue Arabic numerals United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
IWC Le Petit Prince Big Pilot
$10,600
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20
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Illinois, Northfield
IWC Big Pilot
$7,850
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98
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
IWC Big Pilot's Watch IW5004-01
$7,450
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1091
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, California, Marina Del Rey
IWC Big Pilot 7 Day Power Reserve
$7,900
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67
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
IWC Big Pilot
$10,153
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Texas, Austin
IWC : Big Pilot 7-Day : IW500901 : Stainless steel
$8,835
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603
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IWC Big Pilot 46.2mm Black United States of America, Georgia, ATLANTA
IWC Schaffhausen IW500901 Big Pilot 7 Days Black Dial 46.2MM...
$8,008
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85
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
IWC Big Pilots 46mm Black Dial Automatic Steel Mens Watch...
$7,990
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674
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IWC Big Pilot Steel Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Iowa, Des Moines
IWC Big Pilot 46mm 7 Days IW501001
$12,900
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1246
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Silver Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot "Father", Silver Rhodium Dial - Steel
$11,995
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80
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Massachusetts, Andover
IWC Big Pilot
$8,900
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53
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IWC Big Pilot Bronze 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Heritage Limited Edition IW5010-05
$10,450
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1091
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IWC Big Pilot Bronze Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
IWC Big Pilot Bronze Limited Edition IW501005
$10,385
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IWC Big Pilot Platinum 46mm Silver United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
IWC Big Pilot
$36,500
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black United States of America, California, Newport Beach
IWC Big Pilot Ref Iw5004 46mm Automatic Stainless Steel With...
$7,300
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Grey Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot IW502702
$14,650
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582
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IWC Big Pilot 46mm Black United States of America, California, Los Angeles
IWC Big Pilot Black Dial Black Leather Straps Automatic Men...
$11,900
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124
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IWC Big Pilot 46mm Blue United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
IWC IW5027-01 Pilots Annual Calendar - Le Petit Prince in Rose...
$25,480
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112
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot's 7-Day Power Reserve, Black Dial - Steel
$12,680
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80
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.20mm Black
IWC Pilot's Watches Automatic Black Dial Men's Watch - IW500901
$13,327
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19
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
IWC Pilot's Watch IW5004-01
$7,950
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1091
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IWC Big Pilot White gold 46mm Grey Arabic numerals United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
IWC Big Pilot 5004 IW5004-02 White Gold Pilot Watch Boca Raton
$14,950
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Grey Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
IWC Big Pilot
$11,792
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IWC Big Pilot Rose gold 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar IW502608 Men's Watch in 18kt...
$33,000
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176
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Blue Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot IW501002
$10,785
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582
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, Florida, Miami
IWC Big Pilot
$9,350
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium 48mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
IWC IW510301 Big Pilot's Heritage Automatic Black Dial Titanium
$12,465
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149
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot 46MM Automatic Black Dial on Leather Strap
Price on request
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80
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black
IWC Big Pilot's Automatic Black Dial Men's Watch - IW500912
$12,926
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19
DK
IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Silver Arabic numerals United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
IWC Big Pilot Father IW5009-06
$10,450
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1091
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IWC Big Pilot Platinum 46mm Black No numerals United States of America, Florida, Naples
IWC Big Pilot Platinum Limited Edition IW5002-03
$27,000
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133
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IWC Big Pilot Rose gold Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
IWC Big Pilot
$39,283
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, Hartsdale
IWC Big Pilot
$8,750
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510
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IWC Big Pilot Titanium 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot IW501004 
$11,035
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582
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Black Arabic numerals United States of America, New York, New York
IWC Big Pilot Watch IW501001
$10,800
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627
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IWC Big Pilot Steel 46.2mm Blue United States of America, California, Malibu
IWC Big Pilot
$20,727
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IWC Big Pilot's Watches: Giants of the Skies

Big Pilot's Watches is a classic collection from IWC Schaffhausen. These impressive timepieces feature precise in-house calibers, fine materials, and first-class finishes. Their imposing sizes make them true eye-catchers.


5 Reasons to Buy a Big Pilot’s Watch

  • Successor to the historic Große Fliegeruhr
  • Manual or automatic in-house calibers
  • Stainless steel, gold, titanium, bronze, ceramic, or platinum cases
  • Limited editions with complications like a tourbillon or perpetual calendar
  • Large cases from 46 to 55 mm

Classic Oversized Pilot's Watches

The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen is most famous for their pilot's watches. The Big Pilot's Watches series sets itself apart as the direct descendant of the Große Fliegeruhr (big pilot's watch) from 1940. At that time, IWC, Stowa, Laco, A. Lange & Söhne, and Wempe were the only five manufacturers producing watches for the German Air Force according to the famous Baumuster A (type A) standard.

The original was 55 mm in diameter, which was especially large at the time. While the 46 mm of the current Big Pilot's series is much smaller, it still lives up to its name. Its large, conical crown also dates back to the first edition and is easy to operate wearing gloves.

Big Pilot's Watches have cases made of stainless steel, gold, titanium, bronze, platinum, or ceramic. What's more, IWC offers some models with complications like a perpetual calendar, moon phase display, annual calendar, power reserve indicator, or even a tourbillon. These timepieces are powered exclusively by in-house calibers.

Then as today, the Big Pilot's greatest strength is its superior readability. Luminous sword hands, indices, and sans-serif Arabic numerals all shine brightly in the dark. A pilot's triangle at 12 o'clock makes it easy to tell up from down at a glance.


How much does a Big Pilot's Watch cost?

Model Price (approx.) Movement Features
Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Le Petit Prince 260,000 USD 94805 Tourbillon, moon phase, power reserve indicator
Big Pilot's Watch Spitfire Perpetual Calendar 35,000 USD 52615 Perpetual calendar, moon phase, power reserve display
Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 26,500 USD 52850 Annual calendar, power reserve indicator
Big Pilot's Watch Heritage Bronze 11,500 USD 52110 Date, power reserve indicator
Big Pilot's Watch Classic 11,000 USD 52110 Date, power reserve indicator
Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar 10,500 USD 51111 Date, power reserve indicator

Price and Model Information for the Big Pilot's Classic

Introduced in 2002, the Big Pilot's Watch Classic bears the strongest resemblance to the original from the 1940s. Its 46.2-mm case is made of stainless steel, and its matte black dial follows the design specifications of Baumuster A (type A). This design first appeared in the early 1940s when the former German Imperial Ministry of Aviation set standards for German pilot's watches. However, unlike their historical predecessors, current models feature a date display at 6 and a power reserve indicator at 3 o'clock that lets you know how much of the Big Pilot's Classic's seven-day power reserve remains. The in-house caliber 52110 powers these modern timepieces. Previous editions used the calibers 5011 and 51111, both of which also have a seven-day power reserve.

Plan to spend between 10,000 and 12,000 USD for a new Big Pilot's Classic, depending on the movement. You can purchase a pre-owned timepiece for around 8,500 USD.

The Heritage models are a nice alternative to the Classic series. They are the same size as the Classic and have the same features but are made of titanium or bronze. Their prices range from about 10,000 USD for a pre-owned piece to 11,500 USD for a new one.

IWC used to offer the Heritage as a 48-mm model and a historically correct 55-mm timepiece. Both are made of titanium and are easily recognizable by a small seconds dial at 6 o'clock. Each houses a manual caliber: The 59215 with an eight-day power reserve powers the Heritage 48, while the 98300 with a 46-hour power reserve ticks away inside the Heritage 55. These giants change hands for around 12,500 USD in good condition.


Big Pilot's Spitfire: Fine Materials and Complications

The IWC Spitfire series combines the classic looks of a pilot's watch with the elegance of a dress watch. It also contains some Big Pilot's models, such as the Big Pilot's Watch Spitfire, Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Spitfire, and Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire.

The Big Pilot's Watch Spitfire sets itself apart from its sister models in the Classic series via its 18-karat rose gold case and slate-colored (known at IWC as Ardoise) sunburst dial. A new watch costs about 23,500 USD, while prices for pre-owned pieces start around 20,000 USD.

In addition to the power reserve indicator at 3 o'clock, the Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Spitfire features a small seconds dial at 9 and an annual calendar . The calendar is composed of a date display flanked by windows for the week and month at 12 o'clock. It can even account for whether a month is 30 or 31 days in length and only has to be manually corrected at the end of February. The in-house caliber 52850 provides this watch with all this functionality. The sunburst Ardoise dial and white numerals and indices combine beautifully with the satin-brushed stainless steel case. A polished bezel rounds off this refined timepiece. You can purchase this watch starting around 16,000 USD in mint condition. The least expensive pre-owned models sell for about 13,500 USD.

IWC introduced a new member to the Spitfire family at SIHH 2019: the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire. As its name suggests, this watch comes with a perpetual calendar. This sophisticated mechanism automatically adjusts to the correct month length and even recognizes whether or not it's a leap year. It won't need manual correction until the year 2100. What's more, this timepiece has a special moon phase display at 12 o'clock that can depict the correct moon phase in both the northern and southern hemispheres simultaneously. A sapphire glass case back offers a stunning view of the in-house caliber 52615 at work.

Beyond being a technological marvel, this timepiece is also a feast for the eyes. Its dark olive green dial and bronze case are in perfect harmony. The hands and moon phase are also bronze, lending this watch a particularly refined feel. This treasure has a list price of 28,200 USD.


Special Editions for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

IWC regularly creates special models in honor of French pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his famous story The Little Prince. Their dials help these watches to stand out: Le Petit Prince has a shimmering blue sunburst dial, while the tobacco brown sunburst dial of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry takes its inspiration from his flight suit. These timepieces also have elegant cases in platinum or rose or white gold.

The designers decided on 18-karat rose gold for the Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. From a technological perspective, this timepiece is identical to the Annual Calendar Spitfire and uses the same caliber. However, the numerals on its dial are much bolder. It's also worth flipping the watch over to see the in-house caliber 52850 with a rotor in the form of a P-38 Lightning. Saint-Exupéry undertook his reconnaissance missions in this aircraft in 1944.

This timepiece is limited to a run of 250 pieces and costs around 26,500 USD. You can save about 3,400 USD by purchasing its predecessors with a perpetual calendar and stainless steel case. Some three-hand models even sell for as little as 10,000 USD.

The stainless steel three-hand Big Pilot's Edition Le Petit Prince sits in a similar price range at about 11,000 USD. However, if you're looking for more refinement and exclusivity, you might consider the Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince introduced at SIHH 2019. The manual caliber 94850 ticks away inside its case and lends this timepiece its power reserve indicator, moon phase display, and tourbillon with IWC's constant-force mechanism. This technology provides a constant and even flow of energy between the mainspring and the swing and escapement systems. Both the rose gold and platinum editions have limited production runs of ten pieces and demand around 260,000 USD.


Top Gun: The Ceramic Big Pilot's Watch

The Top Gun series is the most modern branch of IWC's family of pilot's watches. The most notable detail of these timepieces is their ceramic cases. You'll also find Big Pilot's watches in this line. One current example is the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition Rodeo Drive. Presented at SIHH 2019, this watch has much in common with its counterpart in the Spitfire series: It uses the same caliber 52615 and boasts a perpetual calendar, a moon phase display for the northern and southern hemispheres, and a power reserve of seven days. Its matte black ceramic dial is especially scratch-resistant and gives this watch a modern touch. This ceramic timepiece has a list price of 33,000 USD. You can purchase the previous model with the caliber 51614 for about 26,000 USD pre-owned.

The Big Pilot's Miramar is a particularly popular Top Gun model. Its black ceramic case is 48 mm in diameter, making it 2 mm larger than the other watches in this series. Its power comes from the caliber 51111 with a seven-day power reserve, a power reserve indicator at 3 o'clock, and a date display at 6. The khaki dial follows the standards of the historical Baumuster B (type B). That means the scale around the edge of the dial is solely for the minutes, while the hours are shown on a smaller circle in the middle of the dial. Plan to spend around 10,000 USD on a mint-condition timepiece and about 8,600 USD on a pre-owned one.

This watch is also available in the classic Baumuster A (type A) design with a black dial. Its second hand has a bright red tip. Prices for this version range from 10,500 to 13,000 USD, depending on its condition.


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