With a somewhat surprising announcement, particularly immediately after Baselworld, IWC has released the IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Online Boutique Edition. IWC started selling watches directly on their online store in 2017, and this version is undoubtedly an attempt to attract traffic to their online store. Available exclusively through the IWC online store, the Pilot Watch chronograph is a clear descendant of IWC's classic aviation watches.
The Pilot's Watch chronograph is fake watches Iwc characterized by a steel case with a diameter of 43 mm and a height of 15.3 mm. Since this is a fairly standard size for most pilot chronographs, I guess you can wear it pretty well on your wrist. To beat inside the watch is the caliber IWC 79230, an automatic chronograph movement based on the Eta 7750, with a power reserve of 44 hours, 25 jewels and a frequency of 28,800 bph. On the dial there are 3 registers showing the current seconds, the minutes taken by the chronograph and the hours spent traced by the chronograph.
Furthermore, movement provides the wearer with both day and date. The sub-recorders are displayed in the usual style found on watches powered by a 7750-based movement, and it works very well here. Some might even complain about the use of the day-date function, but I'm actually digging it here - something that perfectly fits the aesthetics of the dial and I really appreciate the functionality of the daily complication. In the classic IWC pilot watch fashion, the movement is enclosed in an iron cage to protect the movement from magnetization and, consequently, the caseback is solid. The watch is water resistant to 60 meters and, as expected in this price range, has a sapphire crystal.
In my opinion, the Pilot's Watch chronograph dial is truly amazing. Based on the "Fliegerchronograph" that IWC produced over 20 years ago, the clean design of the dial is very reminiscent of pure tool replica watches clocks. The white markers create a pleasant contrast with the black dial and the 12 and 3, 6 and 9 hand and lumen hands are painted with faux-patina-style beige light. Faux-patina lume can sometimes be exaggerated, but works well with the vintage style of this design. The square hour hand and the slightly pointed minute hand are similar to those of the old IWC fliegers, like the Mark 11, which I think is a good choice for this watch. Furthermore, the dials have a thin and thin texture that provides a nice visual element to break an otherwise smooth dial design.