Feeling bold today? Good. Now meet a pilot’s copy watch with camouflaged hands, a day-date indication, a ceramic case and a normal-sized crown. Except for the triangle at 12 o’clock, there’s not much that makes this an actual Pilot’s watch.
Every little thing about it says: “screw it, tradition, I’m a Modern Man’s Watch.” And so we see a pilot’s watch with camouflaged hands, a day-date indication, a ceramic case and a normal-sized crown. It looks like IWC Replica Watches from certain angles, but let’s be clear, it wasn’t meant to be worn in the cockpit of a stealth bomber.
This ref. IW389103 was the first watch from Schaffhausen with a case made from sand-coloured ceramic, which is formed by a combination of zirconium oxide with other metallic oxides. The materials also make sure the US IWC Replica Watches isnt that heavy but actually is highly scratch-resistant, which comes in handy at these sizes – 44.5mm in diameter, 15.7mm in height.
As mentioned, this Fake Watchesreally stirs emotions. I mean, this watch is different. I don’t even know what name to give to the colour on that dial. IWC simply calls it “dark brown”, but is it? I’d say it’s more like taupe.
Beyond the obvious omissions of the exotic alligator strap and the altimeter-style date window – both of which polarized fans – there’s a lot to like about the newIWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII. But first and foremost is probably how it feels more like a traditional pilot watch, in what appears to be the result of an exercise in pure restraint on IWC’s part.
The Cheap IWC Replica into the good graces of pilot watch enthusiasts, is that there’s an aesthetic simplification with a focus on legibility and classic styling. We have a subtly brushed stainless steel case, matte leather strap and a high-contrast dial that could easily pass for a German watch made by Sinn or Damasko – and believe us, this utilitarian look is a good thing because it hearkens to the IWC Replica Watches many have a nostalgic love for.
Getting back to the point of legibility, it is another mark of a true pilot’s watch and US IWC Replica Watch has delivered in spades. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is a portrait of sharp, monochromatic contrasts, enhanced by a subtly domed sapphire crystal which has been finished with an anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Just don’t expect a light show, as only the hands, 12:00 triangle and indices are generously filled with luminous paint, though there is enough to make them pop on the dial. However, the minimalist approach to lume isn’t entirely out of tune with the rest of IWC Replica pilot collection and shouldn’t compromise low-light legibility as the contrast of the hands against the dial is as crisp as ever. This is particularly true with the exceptional matte white dial variant, a welcome addition to the Mark family.
If anything, the biggest let down in a timepiece such as this that IWC didn’t make better use of the space inside. With all that case real estate, they could have easily included some movement with a power reserve of at least week or more. I mean, the standard IWC Replica Watch is both an automatic and has a power reserve of about a week. Instead, IWC preferred to go an alternative route and get a bit more vintage chic with the mechanism inside of this reference 5104 timepiece.
For the movement, IWC Replica chose their in-house-made caliber 98300 which operates at 2.5Hz and has a power reserve of just 46 hours, being manually wound. The idea here is likely that IWC wanted to convey the most pure sense of “old-time winding” since on most accounts the caliber 98300 is based on rather old horological architecture.
IWC once again got it right when it comes to a pilot-style watch dial in terms of finishing and colors. The Replica IWC blued hands are a nice touch and off-white luminant along with refined dial design make for a very classy look. At 10mm smaller, it would make for a great wear.
Speaking of straps, attached to the Cheap IWC Replica Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 is a thick brown calfskin strap that is designed like a cross between a pilot and NATO strap. That means the strap itself is very long, which is sort of good because I think “back-in-the-day” timepieces such as this were often worn on the thigh.