The flight roster at IWC keeps expanding as they add a new “Pilot’s Watch” to their collection. This latest edition includes most of the features that we’ve come to appreciate it for, but also manages to stand out due to a few key changes. Size wise they’ve used a smaller 41mm, which is holding a new caliber movement. Placing it at a mid-way range between its original 39mm and the bigger sizes it had embodied in recent years.The 41mm case is made of stainless-steel with a brushed finish contrasting with polished accents. IWC doesn’t make exhibition case backs for watches equipped with a 7750, but in this instance since it used a more detail oriented caliber they’ve opted for a sapphire flip-side that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.There are two push-pieces to the right-side of the case that serve to operate the chronograph functions, with a screw-down crown in between them showcasing the IWC logo. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 100 meters (328 feet). Time is exhibited on a sunray-brushed blue or green dial with Arabic numerals, a ring of white index markers and the iconic IWC triangle between two dots at the 12 o’clock position. There are three snailed sub-dials: a sub-seconds at 6 o’clock (with a red-colored hand), a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, and a 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock spot. The central and sub-seconds hands are all dagger-shaped, while the split-seconds is a thin straight steel hand. The rhodium-plated central hands, hour index markers, and sub-dial hands have all undergone a Superluminova coating, for an enhanced legibility. It also includes a two-window day-date aperture, aligned with the 3 o’clock position.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41
The “IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41” (References below) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 69385 with 33 jewels, 231 components and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with a classic column-wheel design that takes the energy it needs from a bidirectional pawl-winding system similar to the Pellaton mechanism. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 46 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is either a blue or brown calfskin leather strap, secured by a steel pin buckle; or for an additional price you can opt for a five-link steel bracelet, secured by a folding-clasp with fine adjustment.All the straps and bracelets can be swiftly swapped by using an interchangeable system. For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen here.
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