The Cheap IWC Mark Replica series has persisted through the years, though not in the same exact form. We now have the Mark XVIII in 40mm, released in 2016 – and the prior Mark XVII was 41mm.
There was even a 40mm watch called the Tribute to Mark XI – as well as a certain HODINKEE limited edition that took design cues from that historical model, such as the squared-off hour hand and vintage numerals. But even that was 39mm, three mm larger than the OG.
Unlike those 39 and 40mm Pilot’s IWC Knockoff Watches, this 36mm model is the exact size as the original Mark XI from 1948, with the visual stylings of the more modern Mark series watches of the last decade or so.
36mm is no longer considered small in modern sizing conventions. In fact, the modern enthusiast is more likely to be drawn to a sub-38mm watch than one over 41mm.
36mm watches just look smaller on straps. Of course, diameter isn’t everything. A gripe that many IWC owners have with their larger IWC Pilot’s Copy Watch is the lug-to-lug measurement. Despite a 39mm diameter, the Spitfire has a broad wingspan of over 50mm. This watch has a somewhat proportional 46mm lug-to-lug length.
The dial has tons of visual interest, especially in this blue sunray configuration. Of course, there are the now-recognizable IWC numerals, but the 36 also features a step dial design, which adds a ton of intrigue to the rather small canvas.
From a product-to-price perspective, the Cheap IWC Replica Pilot’s Watch is sparse in all the best places. For those looking for a simplified dial layout, you get that here. If you’re not into the ornate airplane engravings found on most of IWC’s casebacks, this one is clean, empty, and ready to be engraved.
Movement-wise, the watch features what the brand calls the 35111 Calibre which offers everything you would ever need from a fake iwc watch how to tell like this – or any watch, for that matter. The case is even bolstered by a soft iron inner cage to help shield the movement from magnetic fields. The leather strap comes with a double deployant clasp which is easy enough to navigate and size.
The IWC Pilot’s replica watches for sale 36 has a nicely finished (both polished and brushed) compact case, an iconic dial design, and an apparently hidden connection to a historically significant watch of yore. Having spent some time with it, I have come to the conclusion that it’s not only a worthy entry into the IWC fold, but a watch meant for those in the know. The low price is just an added bonus.