One of the most notable and influential watches ever produced by IWC has to be the Pilots watch. Inspired by the cockpit of a plane and designed especially for the pilots, the watch line celebrated the evolution of aviation.
There is nothing that compares to the feeling you get the first time you hold your son in your hands. IWC celebrates those strong familial bonds with a special edition IWC Father and Son Pilot’s watch set. These watches are virtually identical in design, yet are based on two totally different Pilot’s watches.
Watches dedicated purely for aviation purposes were a rare occurrence in the 1930's and 1940’s. When IWC released their first Big Pilot’s watch in 1940, it was an instant hit. Big Pilot’s watch took into consideration military specifications for navigation as well as deck work and wrapped it up in a neat, highly legible, antimagnetic package.
Big Pilot’s Chronograph watch has a definite aviation connection. From the design to the materials used, this watch is an extension of the cockpit to the pilot’s wrist. First developed for the military, this watch perfectly designed to withstand the harshest environments.
The IWC Portuguese Collection of marine watches was inspired by the 16th and 17th century Portuguese pioneers in world exploration. The Portuguese watches pay tribute to the distant past of the precision navigation by incorporating traditional nautical instruments with modern technology and a smart design.
While the tradition of moving West was sweeping Europe off its feet, one man decided to go East in order to conquer his dream of producing high quality watches for the US market by combining traditional Swiss quality and technological advancements of the US. That man was a Boston engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones.
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