The Pilot’s Watch Mark 11, with black dial and luminescent white Arabic numerals, was produced in Schaffhausen from 1948 until the early 1980s. It was primarily supplied to the Royal Air Force but was also used by other Commonwealth armed forces. In 1994, the Mark XII started the enduring tradition of Mark Pilot’s Watches, which have long since been among the most popular watches manufactured by IWC Schaffhausen.
The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” (Ref. IW327007) incorporates aspects of the design of the historic Mark 11 such as the yellow “Balkenkreuz” insignia and baton hands. The thick index at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock and the hands are coated with luminescent material. The model differs from the Mark XVIII from the current collection in that the indices are thinner and the triangular index at “12 o’clock” is not flanked by two dots.
Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” © IWC
The automatic Calibre 35111 powers the hour-minute-second and date at 3 0’clock functions and offers a 42-hour power reserve. A soft iron cage protects the movement from magnetic fields and the sapphire glass is secured against sudden drops in pressure in the cockpit.
Like the original from 1948, the functional sports watch is worn on a green Nato strap.
In reference to the year in which the first Mark 11 was produced, this special edition is limited to 1,948 watches.
It will be available exclusively from Harrods in London for three months starting in July 2017. After this, it will be available for purchase in all IWC boutiques and authorized retailers.