Lefties can rejoice for they can finally wind-up their watch with more ease. For the first time ever IWC Schaffhausen has released a “Big Pilot” watch with the crown positioned on the left-side of the case. This is not the first timepiece ever to be designed with left-handed people in mind, but it’s great news for those who are to now have an IWC as an option.
Although statistics show that only about roughly 10 percent of the population is left-handed there is still clearly a market for a watch like this. Especially if we take in to account that in the aviation community this percentage is much higher, since studies reveal that 40 percent of pilots tend to be lefties. You would think that if this data is accurate there would be more pilot watches available to accommodate these aviators. But, fear not those in seek of such a watch, for IWC is here to provide.
The 46.2mm case is made of stainless-steel with a screw-on case back, which has been engraved with the unique individual number for each of these limited edition pieces. IWC based the design and proportions of this timepiece on their 1940’s model, which also had the same exact 46.2mm diameter as this new edition. Although this case essentially looks like the same case we’ve seen before, IWC says it was explicitly designed to be worn on the right wrist.
It comes equipped with a screw-in crown and a soft-iron inner case that protects against the detrimental effects of magnetic fields. And as aforementioned the grand novelty of this watch resides in the diamond-shaped crown being situated on the left-hand side of the case, which makes it an optimal choice for any lefty that would want to wear a watch on their right-hand.
Let us recall that these watches where historically designed with a large size crown for ease of use by pilots wearing thick gloves. It comes all topped by a convex sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. The glass on this watch has been secured against displacement by drop in air pressure. Water-resistance on this watch is able to reach up to 60 meters (196 feet).
Time is exhibited on a slate-colored dial with large white Arabic numerals, followed by a ring of white minute index markers with wider markings for every 5-minute increment that aligns up with the hourly numerals. At the 12 o’clock position instead of a numeral we encounter the iconic IWC triangle between two dots. This dark grey dial also has a sunburst finish, which provides it with a much richer and engaging aesthetic look.
There are two darker-colored sub-dials in its midst: a sub-seconds at the 3 o’clock position and a power-reserve at the 9 o’clock position. This power-reserve has highlighted the “low power” section in red to stand-out from the overall darker grey toned color-scheme.
The central dagger-style hands, sub-dial hands, Arabic numerals and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position.
IWC Big Pilot Right-Hander
This “IWC Big Pilot Right-Hander” (Ref#: IW501012) is powered by the self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 52010 with 31 jewels, 257 components and 28,800 vph. Compared to its predecessors, the Pellaton winding mechanism has been updated with winding wheels made of wear-resistant ceramic; and the power is now stored in two barrels instead of one. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 168 hours (7 days), when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black calfskin strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel folding clasp. This is a limited edition of only 250 manufactured pieces. It became available in August 2019, but will first undergo a three-month exclusivity in France and Australia. For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.
MSRP: $14,200.00 USD
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