Some horology brands are known for their maritime watches, others for their motor-sports themed pieces, while for others it’s all about aviation. IWC Schaffhausen has been providing air pilots with these timepieces for most of its century long operation. Now they’ve released a tribute to their historic “Mark XI”.


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The iconic IWC Mark VI historically dates back to 1948 when it originally began being offered on the horology market. It would last a couple of decades till it was finally replaced by the “Mark XII” in the early 1990’s. Its replacement has been in production ever since and IWC claims it’s been by far one of the bestselling timepieces manufactured by IWC at their Schaffhausen headquarters. To many the “Mark XII” which was the first to feature an automatic movement, also was perceived as the transition from “military” to more of a “civilian” watch. IWC in its beginnings was known for providing the RAF- Royal Air Force, with theirs trademark timepieces.


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The 40mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back that features the models name and limited edition number of each piece, engraved on it. The movement it houses is based on the Sellita SW300-1, so it has included a soft iron inner case for anti-magnetic protection and central hacking seconds. Topped by a convex sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Also features a screw-in crown which assists with allowing water-resistance on this watch to reach up to 60 meters (196 feet).


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Time is exhibited on a black dial with white Arabic numerals and smaller white minute index markers circling around the dial. Other than that the dial is almost squeaky clean. We find the iconic IWC “triangle” found on many MARK models in the place the 12 o’clock numeral would be and under it is the “IWC Schaffhausen” logo; while the word “automatic” can be read on the lower half aligned with the 6 o’clock position.

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Some of the vintage elements from the original “Mark 11” that IWC have adapted to this new version are the: baton-style hands; markers found at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions; plus the triangle found at the 12 o’clock positon, which have all undergone a luminescent coating, for enhanced legibility. These lumed elements have been attributed with a patina coloring that mimics aged tritium, to further imbue this watch with a retro vintage look. There is also a black date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.


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IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition ‘Tribute To Mark XI’

This “IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition ‘Tribute To Mark XI’” (Ref#: IW327007) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber A35111 with 21 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 42 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a green NATO strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. This special edition watch is limited to 1,984 manufactured pieces and will be available exclusively at the historic Harrods luxury department store, in London, beginning from July 2017. Afterwards it will be available at all the various IWC boutiques, spread across the world. For more up to date information visit the official IWC website.

MSRP: $4,150.00 USD


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Written by Mauro Az