The Caliber 79420 beating within is built upon the ETA/Valjoux 7750. With the added regulator with a triovis micro-adjustment, custom winding rotor, and the proprietary IWC Replica rattrapante chronograph system packed in with high levels of unique finishing, it’s exactly what you’d expect from IWC. Personally, modified movements never bothered me, and it doesn’t take much to realize that a split-second chronograph conversion such as this isn’t exactly a simple “plug in and play” undertaking. Additionally, it gives you everything you’d expect out of a precision instrument like 44 hours of power reserve, a running seconds display, and sub-dials that serve as 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph indicators.
The big, bold numerals, broadsword-styled hands, and generous application of Super-LumiNova are just some of the elements that make for the kind of quick reference legibility you’d want out of a contemporary pilot’s Cheap IWC Replica watch. The seconds hands for the chronograph feature are sleek and unobtrusive when not in use. A nice touch to note is the fact that one of the rattrapante seconds hands is finished with a red tip to help the user differentiate the hands while using the split-second functions.
I was glad to find that the case diameter for this IWC Replica Watch was a calming 44mm, the same as its Le Petit Prince model sibling. While I comfortably hover between 38mm – 42mm for most of my daily watches, I feel that 44mm wide cases can generally offer a pleasant experience for most individuals. Another stunning feature is the way the double-AR-coated sapphire crystal appears almost invisible over the pilot chronograph’s high-contrast slate dial.
Compared to the ornate elements you’d find on IWC’s Le Petit Prince models, the tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on this watch is quite subtle. Inside of the sub-dial at 6 o’clock, you’ll find a single letter A. that is also a recurring theme in other Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Best IWC Replica Watches within the IWC line. It’s unobtrusive, tasteful, and is typically out of sight unless you really pay attention to it. Aside from the features outlined above, IWC also includes a soft iron cage under the hood, which serves to provide shock resistance and anti-magnetic shielding.
Overall, from a design standpoint, the Copy IWC Pilot’s Watches Double Chronograph Edition “Antoine De Saint Exupéry” is a success, in my opinion. It’s far from exciting or revolutionary in any way, but it’s a collector’s piece and a prestige item for IWC, who certainly payed attention to the details.