Directly inspired by the 1948 Mark 11 watch, the new entry-level IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII that the brand says is “reduced to essentials.” A simple three hand watch designed for maximum legibility, the piece is a welcome addition to the IWC Pilot Watch line. It’s simple, but a handsome base IWC designed for maximum legibility, and is my idea of simplicity at its best.
At 40mm wide, IWC has also made a decision that applies to a few of their IWC Replica Watches this year, the removal of the triple date display. I think it’s a move that will prove pretty popular, as a triple date window just really is unnecessary in the eyes of so many buyers.
All these aesthetic decisions have to do with IWC’s desire to go back to a more traditional look for the Pilot’s watch line. This involves design cues like bringing back the “9” that was taken out of the Pilot line in 2002. The “12” is replaced with a slightly pareidoliaic triangle with dot on either side. The entry-level IWC Replica is going to be available on either the calfskin strap or the stainless steel bracelet and comes in either a black or silver-plated dial. Also, there is 60 meters of water resistance for this watch.
On the case back, you’ll see the Junkers Ju 52 airplane, which was the most common aircraft used for civilian travel in the 1930s. The IWC Pilot’s Best Replica Watches Mark XVIII has the automatic 30110 calibre movement, which operates at 4 Hz and has 42 hours of power reserve. This is the same as the outgoing Mark XVII and is a solid workhorse movement.