The IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII has been around for a while, but the standard production variant is quite different and shares more design similarities to the B-Uhr style of pilot watch.The style and aesthetics of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII “Tribute to Mark XI” is very similar to military and field watches from the early 20th century.
The most significant visual giveaway that this watch is inspired by the Mark XI is the handset. The unique combination of hands has rarely, if ever, been seen outside the Cheap IWC Replica before. Like the ancestor, the Tribute to Mark XI comes with a matte black dial, painted Arabic numerals in white to maximize legibility, and a luminescent triangle at 12 o’clock in addition to luminous markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. While the lume is modern Super-LumiNova, it’s been colored to look like aged tritium, which I have always found to be warm and pleasing to the eye.
There is a date window at 3 o’clock, and thankfully, the date wheel is black with white text which helps it blend in with the dial while maintaining legibility. The date complication is a concession to modern consumer preferences as the original Mark XI was not equipped with one. Given that this is a modern pilot’s watch, it comes equipped with a soft-iron cage to protect the movement against magnetism, but in usual IWC Replica Watches fashion, there are no specific numbers. The crystal is also secured such that it will not be displaced by a sudden drop in air pressure, an expected feature in pilot watches as the air pressure drops dramatically the higher one goes.
The movement, which Fake IWC Watches calls the Caliber 35111 is essentially a Sellita 300-1, which itself is a copy of the ETA 2892 . Pilot’s watches are designed to be robust, reliable, and easy to maintain, and this movement checks all three boxes. Like most modern movements, the Caliber 35111 beats at 28,800bph and offers a 42 hour power reserve. The movement is hidden under a stainless-steel screw down case back which is engraved with the words “Edition Tribute to Mark XI” and “One out of 1948” in addition to the usual markings.
Another concession to modern preferences is in the size of the watch, with the stainless steel case measuring 40mm wide and 10.8mm thick. The case is a classic design with curved, tapering lugs which are brushed on the top and bottom.A simple fluted screw-down crown adds the finishing touch. With the screw-down crown and solid case back, one might expect the watch to be rated to at least 100m of water resistance, but the Tribute to IWC Copy Watches is only rated to 60m. While this does not affect the functionality of a pilot’s watch, it seems like a watch built with practicality and durability in mind should have a higher water resistance rating.