9 Historic IWC Pilot’s Watches

9 Historic IWC Pilot’s Watches

Postby koimaster » January 7th 2016, 9:09am

IWC Schaffhausen will launch a fleet of new Pilot’s watches at this year’s SIHH watch salon in Geneva (Click here for a preview of one of them, the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”), continuing the brand’s long and storied heritage as a supplier of timepieces for aviators. Here, courtesy of IWC’s archives, we present a lineup of vintage and modern IWC pilots’ watches that represent milestones for the brand — and for watchmaking history.

THE FIRST IWC WATCH EVER TAKEN INTO THE SKY (1896)

This pocketwatch, with a 14k yellow gold case and containing the IWC-manufactured Caliber 53 movement (no official reference number) was sold by IWC on December 1896 to IWC retailer A. Kohler from Leipzig, Germany. Another German, Albert Lotter, inherited the watch from his father in 1916. During the following years the watch and its owner, who lived in Saxony and Berlin, witnessed many 20th-century historical milestones. The watch still operates with good timekeeping precision.

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1946-2006

“Your heart was warm and happy

With the lilt of Irish laughter

Every day and in every way

Now forever and ever after."
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