It has been mentioned before that IWC replica watches(Universal watch) will launch new models in many series. In addition to Aquatimer’s Anniversary Edition and Ingenieur’s new round shell series introduced a month ago, pilot’s replica watch series will be the final product, including three new products, such as little prince calendar and mark Xi reprint, Big pilot’s replica watch and mark XVIII have also launched the “heritage” version. Personally, I prefer mark XVIII heritage.
IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark
“Mark” is IWC replica’s most representative pilot watch series, and its number represents the evolution of the version. The first mark IX was born in 1936, which is copy IWC’s first pilot watch. Up to 2016, the latest mark XVIII has a total of eight generations (the series did not launch “XIII” and “XIV”). Mark XVIII is based on the pilot watch of the 1940s. The biggest difference between mark XVII and mark XVII is that the case size is reduced, and there is no triple date display. IWC praises it as “the root of further returning to the large pilot watch”. And this year’s pilot’s watch mark XVIII heritage is more retro than mark XVIII, which is why I like it.
The pilot’s clone watch mark XVIII heritage also has a 40mm case, but it’s made of titanium, sandblasted and brown calf leather strap, which makes it look more nostalgic. The dial is made directly from Ref. 431, a pilot’s watch made by IWC for the German air force in the 1940s.
The German pilot copy watch is called b-uhr, or beobachtungsuhr. It has two dial types: type A and type B. These two types of dial IWC replica have been made, but they are mainly type A. Ref. 431 is one of the most classic. The biggest feature is the use of “triangle with double dots” pattern scale at 12 o’clock. Mark XVIII is to draw inspiration from it, so the brand calls it the root of regression.
IWC pilot’s fake watch mark XVIII heritage is based on mark XVIII, but the picture needs to be more “retro”. It is equipped with a black dial. The hour and minute hands are made of blue steel. Yellow luminous material is painted on the dial together with the scale. A coil is added to the edge of the dial. The circle foot of Abel’s digital small character scale is replaced by the upper foot. All these are closer to the design of Ref. 431. Although mark XVIII got a lot of praise when it was launched, the location of its date window still attracted some voices that it was too far away from the scale circle, while pilot’s replica watch mark XVIII heritage was equipped with long and short line scales to make the distance between the date window and the scale more pleasing to the eye. But as far as I’m concerned, it would be more perfect if it could take away the date window and replace it with the number “3”.
In addition to referring to Ref. 431, mark XVIII IWC replica watches also borrowed from Mark Xi and adopted a sealed bottom cover and a soft iron inner shell to protect the movement from the influence of magnetic field. The watch mirror was also firmly assembled to withstand the sudden change of air pressure in the cabin. These features also apply to mark XVIII heritage. Although mark XVIII heritage and mark XVIII are also big three pin calendar models, with 4Hz swing frequency and 42 hour power storage, the heritage model uses 35111 automatic winding movement instead of 30110 automatic winding movement used by Mark XVIII. The functions and specifications of the two movements are similar, but the former is modified from sellita sw300 and the latter is modified from ETA 2892-a2.