The revisit to the series saw a host of updates and new watches, from the new Mark XVIII, to a new world-timer chronograph, to a 36-mm time-only piece, to 48-mm and 55-mm versions of the historically inspired Big Pilot Heritage Copy Watches.
The IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Fake Watch is available in both 48-mm and 55-mm titanium-cased variations, with very little aesthetic distinctions between the two other than size. Using a B-Uhr-style case with long lugs and a large diamond crown, the watch features a matte black dial with faux-patina numerals and accents. Within the outer minute ring is the iconic triangle at the 12 o’clock mark, printed Roman numerals for most of the hour marks, and a smaller subdial for the running seconds towards the 6 o’clock position.Powering the Best 48-mm Replica Watches is the manually-wound, IWC-manufactured Caliber 59215, which stores an eight-day power reserve and can be observed through a small window on the solid caseback. The 55-mm piece uses the IWC-manufactured Caliber 98300, with a 46-hour power reserve.
The two watches, similar to many other IWC Knockoff Watches of the past few years, pay an honorable tribute to the original design codes of their vintage predecessors. In particular, the 55-mm piece, with its historically accurate case size, lack of a date window, simple dial configuration, and completely solid caseback, succeeds admirably as a collector’s piece inspired by the past.
The 48-mm variation, while less of a direct homage, still maintains many “heritage” design elements. Like the 55-mm version, and the vintage pieces, it uses a similar case shape, dial configuration, and crown, but it strays into the modern realm with its contemporary movement, power reserve, and date indicator.
The IWC Pilot’s Replica Watches tobacco brown dial, gold-plated hands, and brown calfskin strap match handsomely to the case and are meant to recall the pilot suits from the days when Antoine de Saint-Exupéry took to the skies and wrote about his aerial adventures in classics such as The Little Prince and Night Flight. A stylized “A” underneath the Annual Calendar indicator offers a nice nod to the French pilot and author’s initial. The seven-day power reserve comes courtesy of the IWC Replica Swiss Made in-house Caliber 52850 that includes a Pellaton winding system with parts made from long-lasting ceramic.
The Big Pilot’s AAA Replica Watch Heritage is the latest in the trend of watch marques pouring through their archives and bringing a fan favorite back to life with slight adjustments for modern sensibilities. This time around, a Big Pilot Watch from the 1940s — the Caliber 52 T.S.C., to be exact— makes its return with two different makeovers: one in titanium and one in bronze, both with a black dial, blue hands coated in lume, and a seven-day power reserve at 3 o’clock. The in-house-produced 52110 caliber provides the automatic heartbeat inside the watch and features côtes de Genève and perlage finishing.
Last but not least, the Fake Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage is offered in a titanium case for the first time. The titanium structure will provide a much lighter feel on the wrist compared to previous Mark XVIII iterations, which have come in materials such as stainless steel and ceramic. Although it doesn’t boast an in-house movement like the other two models, the Mark XVIII Heritage offers a more affordable price point for collectors and a still very respectable 42-hour power reserve. Another positive? Like Mark XVIII models in the past, the Heritage edition comes in at a wearable 40 mm.