For many years, IWC’s classic pilot chronograph was this same watch, reference IW377709. This streamlined yet large 43mm watch is powered by the long-revised Valjoux 7750 movement and is basically an entry-level choice for anyone wanting a Pilot Chrono from the brand with an iconic design. Last year, IWC Schaffhausen launched a new, slightly more compact and more sophisticated proprietary movement, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41. Taking the exact same recipe, the brand now smartly updates the larger model by launching the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. 43 References IW378001, IW378003 and IW378005.
Let’s be honest from the beginning. What we see today is a much more subtle evolution, at least visually speaking. As of last week and the introduction of the new Pilot Watch Mark XX collection, we’ve been talking about minor design updates, developments on the case and strap system, and ideally a new movement. The watch is basically almost the same, but there are some nice improvements to note as well.
To make it short again, this new 2022 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 43 is basically an enlarged version of the 41mm model and a few variations we’ve seen around the topic; Including the Spitfire, Ceratanium Top Gun, Blue-Bronze Edition or Titanium AMG F1 Team Watch. And that means several significant upgrades compared to the previous version of the 2016 Pilot Watch Chronograph 43mm, which can be summarized as:
- Same 43mm diameter but now thinner at 14.8mm (vs 15.4mm previously)
- The screwed caseback and crown are retained, but now with 100m water-resistance (vs. 60m previously).
- Sapphire caseback to watch the movement
- Manufacture (ValFleurier) caliber 69385
- New sunray-brushed green and blue colors along with the classic matte black dial
- White date and day wheels on all models
- Small seconds now at 6 o’clock (versus 9 o’clock previously)
- The straps are now equipped with the brand’s EasX-CHANGE quick-change system and are compatible with many other straps (leather or rubber, in various colors)
While all of these updates are minimal when taken separately, they do make some changes when stacked up. It is enough to call this 2022 version of the IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph 43 a new watch, as only a few components are reused from the last edition. The case is more resistant, yet thinner. There is an updated display and new dial colors with more practicality.
The movement inside the case is not new and has been around the brand’s portfolio since 2016 and introduced the renewed Ingenieur collection. Based on the construction of the iconic Valjoux 7750 and produced by ValFleurier (a shared production facility of Richemont), it switches from a cam-lever system to a delicate column-wheel configuration and adds robustness and refinement with a click system close to the Pellaton winding. system. This entry-level chronograph movement now replaces all 7750-based calibers and brings a sleeker look when viewed through the caseback. Classic if not specifications; 4Hz frequency, day-date complication and 46h power reserve.
The new IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph 43 models are released with a classic matte black dial (IW378001) or new sunray-brushed dials in dark blue (IW378003) or dark green (IW378005), all with white Super-LumiNova accents, white day-date discs and red small seconds hand Each comes with a 21mm calf leather strap that closes with a pin buckle and is easily replaceable with IWC’s system.
The new 43mm watches are available now at retailers, boutiques and online and form part of the permanent collection. There is a retail price EUR 7,700. For more details and orders, please visit iwc.com.