Sometimes you just really want a big watch… and, apparently, other times you want a huge one. Have no doubt that this 55mm-wide IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Top Swiss Replica Watch 55 timepiece is barely wearable in most instances.
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.