SIHH 2006 - IWC's Big Pilot new replacement  0 Comments


On the left is the older Big Pilot that has been around for about three years and on the right is the new version released at SIHH 2006. While the size and the watch movement has not changed, there are some small changes.
Here are my observed differences for the SS model:
1. The triangle and two dots moved up to the very top (which looks better as it helps to clean up the dial)
2. The train tracks around the 7 day power reserve indicator on the older version has been removed in the new model
3. The lighter but larger marker font on the new version makes for a cleaner display
4. The seconds hand tailend has been redesigned in the new model
5. The minute, hour and PR hands are now white on black (rather than white on SS)
6. The minute markers are made smaller (which also helps to clean up the dial)
7. The PR day 1 is now in red in the new model (this may not go down well with some)
8. The date plate is black with white numbers in the new model
10. The date window does not have a SS border (as in the older)
11. The strap is now croco instead of calf and without the white stitching
12. The marker '9' has been removed and partial '2' and '4' (inexplicable why the 9 was removed)

In my personal opinion, the Big Pilot is one special watch that is very well made. It rates high on my wish list of watches that I have yet to add to my collection but it may not be missing much longer. The older version was an outstandingly well made watch and if the new one keeps to that quality - it too will be a success. I think the new version is a more genteel and refined version due to a cleaner dial.

The Big Pilot is rarely seen in the shops as supply is low and queue list of customers is long and had been on waiting for many months. I will be very surprised if this new Big Pilot will have a reception any different from its sibling.



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