We’re calling it: It’s IWC’s biggest release of the year — and it’s gone almost unnoticed. A quiet appearance on the brand’s website, Look at the fans Finally found a new one Pilot’s Watch Mark XX And rightfully so: it fills an important place in the IWC catalogue. The in-house movement and other subtle tweaks seem to deliver the perfect daily pilot watches that fans have been asking for.
The Mark XX may look familiar if you know IWC’s recent, or historical, pilot watches. Because it is similar to the Mark XVIII, which is based on the Mark XI. That’s a lot of marks and Roman numerals, but what you need to know is that the Mark XI was first produced for the British Air Force in 1948 and has since become a legendary pilot’s watch among collectors.
The Mark XVIII was introduced in 2016 and was immediately seen as the successor to the XI. Unlike most pilot watches (especially from IWC) it’s smaller at 40mm (the historic Mark XI is 36mm), making IWC’s iconic pilot watch line more accessible and wearable – and the design more or less nails the spirit of the original XI. .
There is only one problem. Well, maybe more than one, if you ask nitpicky collectors, but the glaring issue is its source Sellita automatic movement — the same found in many and many affordable watches — paired with a $4,500 price tag. IWC makes many of its own movements and you can also get an in-house movement in a similar case size across the brand. Pilot’s Watch Automatic SpitfireFor less money — even if its design isn’t historically connected.
The new Mark XX now offers not only an IWC in-house automatic movement with an impressive 5-day power reserve, but a series of upgrades from the Mark XVIII that touch on everything from subtle design elements to specs and case dimensions. While still 40mm wide, the case has been slimmed down from 0.2mm to 10.8mm – subtle, sure, but basically any slimming is welcome. Furthermore, despite the slimmer case, the 100m water resistance is better than the Mark XVIII’s 60m.
You can read more about the more subtle design changes, if you’re so inclined, in coverage from sites like Hours. One of the biggest complaints from enthusiasts regarding the date window also seems to have been addressed. IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XX Black and Blue dial variants Future releases will have the option to offer steel bracelets, on leather straps.
Overall, though, it looks like the super-wearable everyday pilot watch you’ve come to expect from IWC. the catch? It doesn’t come cheap, priced at $5,250 online from the brand now.
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