IWC Pilot’s Watches introduced the cockpit-instrument look for classic pilot’s watches and enjoy global renown as precise timepieces with outstanding technology.
The very first IWC Pilot´s Watches 30s and 40s set technical benchmarks, and the dial design determined the instrument look that has remained characteristic to this day. It was particularly robust and resistant to fluctuations in temperatures in the range of -40 degrees Celsius to +40 degrees Celsius, and was also anti-magnetic.
Today the IWC Pilot´s Watches are more known and loved for their aesthetics that is at once modern and masculine, but smacks of classical finishing as a general treat to the eyes.
Lethes have a deeper look into the design highlights of IWC Pilot’s Watches:
The big conical crown of the BIG PILOT´S WATCH
The striking conical crown of the Big Pilot´s Watch harks back to the pioneering days of aviation, when pilots had to face the elements in unheated cockpits. These watches had large crowns that were easy to grip so that they could be set and wound by a pilot wearing thick gloves.
The cockpit-instrument look of IWC´S PILOT´S WATCHES
The black dials of cockpit instruments with their contrasting, luminescent displays has been the inspiration for the cockpit design of classic Pilot´s Watches for decades. The dial is reduced to the bare essentials, with striking luminescent hands and numerals that stand out against the matte-black background.
The triangular index at "12 o'clock"
IWC influenced the cockpit-instrument look of classic pilot´s watches during the 1930s and 1940s. The white triangular index at "12 o'clock" allowed pilots in the cockpit to instantly recognize the position of the hands and the time at a glance. The upright equilateral triangle has two dots at either side to make the dial easier to read, and is also luminescent.
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Source & image source: IWC