IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition ‘150 Years’ Hands-On

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition ‘150 Years’ Hands-On

This was a big year for IWC . Commending their 150th commemoration, IWC dispatched a goal-oriented and amazing online media mission to advance a huge number of new watch contributions for the 150th “Jubilee Collection” – respecting an achievement the brand is legitimately glad for. Among the models were three new augmentations to the Pilot Collection. The initially was a “affordable” pilot’s watch, the second included a yearly schedule complication, and the third is the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition “150 Years” (we will consider it the “Big Date Jubilee” consequently) with both a white and blue dial choice. While a considerable lot of those models were essentially a plan revive or new dial tone, the Big Date Jubilee adds a completely new model highlighting an enormous twofold digit date show complication under 12 o’ clock – a first for the Big Pilot’s assortment, and a first for IWC’s whole present day pilot line.

Hands-on pictures by David Bredan

With Georges Kern in charge, IWC’s methodology was to take existing assortments and use the SIHH stage to upgrade and re-discharge one assortment every year. Due to the basic, clear cycle, the deliveries were cognizant, alluring, and some would say expected. Arguably spearheading a fruitful procedure, Kern in the long run left for Breitling , and has actualized a comparable model beginning with the Navitimer Collection. Being the main year without Kern (as some have legitimately brought up the circumstance), the 150th “Jubilee Collection” broke that shape at SIHH 2018 and delivered 14 watches traversing over the Pallweber, Portugieser, Portofino, Da Vinci, and Pilot’s assortment. However, the Big Date Jubilee has been an unmistakable group leader, and my undisputed top choice of the lot.


The Big Date Jubilee feels new, yet at the same time natural. Like the others in the assortment, the steel case quantifies in at 46.2mm however figures out how to shave a hair from the thickness, which gauges in at 15.2mm notwithstanding the additional Big Date work. Indeed, even still, at 15.2mm thick, we are drawing nearer or passing numerous larger than usual 7750 based watches – and matched with IWC’s signature “Big Crown”, this watch, true to form, wears fairly huge on the wrist. I will say that the new cleaned case mitigates the size a piece since it presents a “dressier” watch, yet it certainly requests some genuine land. I do need to give the watch credit where it’s due. In spite of it being observable and exaggerated, it doesn’t fundamentally feel conspicuous and that’s not something I can say regularly about a cleaned watch of this size.

Pilot watches, ordinarily, should be neat, and I would contend that while there are numerous brands that sell pilot’s watches, IWC has been a predominant player in the space, and one that has reliably intrigued with their ludicrously clear and intelligible plans. The Big Date Jubilee is no special case. In the event that there’s one thing this watch can’t be blamed for, it’s being hard to peruse. The striking lacquered blue dial is wonderfully completed and nearly looks like polish, and the splendid white markers and radiant sword hands (ideal length coincidentally) give an incredible difference against it. Indeed, even with the devilish glare of the AR covering on the sapphire gem, the date and time are effortlessly chosen absent a lot of strain or block. The mark triangle 12 o’ clock marker doesn’t give an excessive amount of messiness over the Big Date, and the sub-seconds mixes pleasantly against the dial. I acclaim IWC for making a huge enough sub-dial to be neat without removing the records or numerals on either side – something such countless brands basically can’t appear to get right.

The Big Date complication works effectively of merging into the dial without being a weighty or diverting element. At the point when I saw the underlying press pictures, I was certain that IWC had a Pilot’s Watch with a Big Date however discovered that they didn’t. The Big Date complication has verifiably been saved for the Portofino Collection, a demonstration of the nuance of the additional complication. While I would ordinarily advocate for a coordinating date window, the differentiation fits the watch pleasantly. IWC even daintily outlined the presentation with a meager white line to make it much simpler to select at a glance.


Since the Portofino is the “staple” Big Date model in IWC’s index, they utilized an altered form of what might have been the in-house 59220 type inside. Since the 59220 included a day of the week and force hold marker, IWC stripped away the previous and left the Big Date and little seconds counter while moving the 8-day power save pointer to the rear of the watch – making the new type 59235. The hand-wound, 4Hz development isn’t noticeable through the caseback, save for a little window for the force hold marker. I’m a little frustrated in the absence of a show caseback to show the new development, however I guess the utilitarian idea of the watch eclipses the botched chance. Notwithstanding, the open-worked power save pointer and “150 Years” stepped caseback look slick and give the watch 60m of water resistance.

The lash will be questionable and the lone explanation I say that is on the grounds that numerous aficionados have an affection it-or-disdain it relationship with the double bolts and sharp, wide-set shape of the Big Pilot collection’s tie choices. Many think that its meddling, “old-school,” or out and out ugly, however I’m in the group that thinks that its finding a way into the assortment. The Big Date Jubilee keeps a similar style however uses dark crocodile cowhide rather than the standard calfskin contributions of past cycles. To my memory, this is the first run through an advanced IWC Big Pilot watch has utilized crocodile cowhide in their plans. I feel the lash spruces up the watch without barring it from a night downtown, however I’m struggling vibing with it on this specific model. It positively doesn’t look awful or wear ineffectively, yet I think trading it for a dull earthy colored or dark calfskin tie without bolts would make a superior showing of dressing it up, and a dim blue cowhide with rivets would give it that energetic look I feel it’s playing with. All things considered, the Big Date tie parts the center and incorporated a tad bit of both.

The Big Date Jubilee is an incredible illustration of IWC’s capacity to elegantly acquaint an all-new complication with a mainstream assortment without taking a cutting tool to the general plan. Tie fuss aside, there was a ton of chance for bombastic, over-marked kitchyness while making a 150th-commemoration piece. In any case, all things considered, IWC stayed with what it’s been doing best recently: making straightforward, rich plans that don’t hold back on utility or intelligibility, without corrupting the current assortment. In spite of the fact that a considerable lot of the 150th Anniversary models are only some new dial tones and minor tasteful changes, the Big Pilot Jubilee is a welcome, entirely new model that doesn’t disturb one of IWC’s most well known watch assortments – and I might want to see a greater amount of that pattern in IWC’s future. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Big Date Jubilee 150th Anniversary will be restricted to 100 pieces in each dial tone and come with a sticker price of $13,800. iwc.com