IWC Schaffhausen - Pilot’s Watches

Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire

18 ct 5N gold case, 46.2 mm. Made in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Model IW500917
Editor's notes

On the Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire, the case, hands, characteristic conical crown and the case back are made from 18-carat 5N gold, a precious metal that gives the watch a real sense of warmth. The sun-pattern finish on the slate-coloured dial has enough space to reflect light in a myriad of different ways, particularly when the watch is tilted from side to side. The brown calfskin strap from Santoni perfectly complements this watch. Within no time at all, the spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system in the IWC-manufactured 51111-calibre movement build up a power reserve of over 7 days. The power reserve display at “3 o’clock” provides a reliable indication of the time remaining until the movement comes to a stop. The watch has a date display at “6 o’clock” and a central seconds hand. The 5N gold case encloses a soft-iron inner case that protects the movement against magnetic fields. The silhouette of a Spitfire, the British interceptor that gave this Pilot’s Watch line its name, is engraved into the case back.


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Technical Specifications


51111 Calibre

IWC-manufactured movement

Automatic, self-winding

168 hours Power Reserve

311 Components

42 Jewels

Côtes de Genève, perlage


Brown calfskin strap by Santoni

Strap width 22 mm


Slate-coloured dial with luminescence


Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields

Date display

Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure

Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides

Central hacking seconds

Pellaton automatic winding

7 days power reserve

Power reserve display


18 ct 5N gold case

Diameter 46.2 mm

Height 15.7 mm

Water resistance 6 bar

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