IWC Schaffhausen

Big Pilots

$ 9,970 Sold Out

  • In 1940, IWC began producing the first Big Pilot's Watch, the 52 T.S.C. (better known as Ref. 431) with a three-handed self-manufactured movement, made to exact military specifications. That monstrous Ref. 431 had a 54.5 mm steel case and weighed a hefty 183 grams. It was the largest wristwatch ever produced by IWC. This B-Uhr (short for Beobachtungs-uhren, "observation" watch) included a central seconds hand with hacking function, useful to synchronize the watches to the nearest second. The large onion-shaped crown was adequate to allow pilots with gloves to easily adjust their watches. The design was downright utilitarian.

    In 2002, IWC took its then new movement (Cal. 5011), modified it to have a central seconds hand, and gave birth to a modern B-Uhr. Called the "Grosse Fliegeruhr" or Great Pilot's Watch (Ref. 5002), that extra-large watch had a diameter of 46.2 mm, and retained the same design of its 1940 predecessor, aside from a power reserve indicator at the 3 o'clock position. The IWC Big Pilot's Watch Ref. 500201 offered here dates from 2005 and is the de facto continuation of the original 2002 Ref. 5002. Its movement is the first version of the 50110, which preserved the sluggish frequency of 2.5 Hz or 18,000 beats per hour and the remarkable seven-day power reserve.

  • Model Big Pilots
    Reference IW500201
    Year 2005
    Box/Papers Yes/Yes
    Bracelet Material Alligator - Black
    Dimension 46mm
    Dial Black Arabic
    Case Material Steel
    Movement Automatic
    Water Resistance: 60 metres
    Gender Mens
  • Our pre-owned watches are accompanied by Watchfinder Warranty from the day you receive your watch, protecting your watch against manufacturing and mechanical defects, subject to the following Terms and Conditions. 

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