While there isn’t a whole lot new about this watch, it does have a great black and blue motif to it. This is a special limited edition version of the IWC Big Pilot watch that will exclusively be available in IWC’s North American boutique stores. There are still very few details about the watch, such as the price or the amount in the limited edition. What I can say is that IWC is a nice job “re-imagining” the dial in a sober sky blue splendor. There is also matching blue stitching on the alligator pilot style strap. The case is in all steel, and 46.2mm wide. It is everything you know and love about the Big Pilot complete with turnip style crown.
The blue dial uses blue for most all the markers and hands. The designers did something that I like a lot, which is do the Arabic hour numerals in outlined blue mixed with the solid blue hour and minute markers. This is a difference between this style and the standard Big Pilot watch collection. The white on black date disc isn’t in blue, but frankly I don’t think it needs to be. IWC watches are often found in limited edition variants, but this one is a special breed being a regional limited edition – not necessarily for a specific event or cause.
In the all-important East Asian sales area (then as now, the largest buyer of Swiss timepieces), tastes and wrists were downright hostile to the idea of a 46mm Iwc big pilot vs portuguese Replica with a 57mm lug-to-lug span. IWC prepared the 5002 understanding that its sheer size would yield a wristwatch strictly for extroverts with a command of history and a high horology funding; that sliver of the population makes for a lanky Venn overlap.The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 5002 might have gone wrong in so many ways that no doctrinaire planning process might have birthed it. The size question was a given, but background introduced its own obstacle. IWC’s 5002 was a loving and mostly true tribute to the 1940 IWC ref. 431/Type 52 T.S.C., IWC’s variant of this widely produced “Beobachtungs-uhren”; the wartime German Luftwaffe was the client. Oversized Watches & Success Panerai’s success proved that Axis institutions weren’t always incompatible with sales, however as of 2017, even the PAM people’ infinite historical tribute show has yet to reissue the WWII German navy’s “Kampfschwimmer” model. IWC wagered that the inherent integrity of the engineering and instrumental purity of its new Big Pilot’s Watch would transcend politics, and IWC gamble right. Collectors of all nations and backgrounds warmly embraced IWC’s reborn giant. That has been an act of pure faith; there is no actuarial table for this sort of business improvement. Finally, IWC’s merchandise planners had the integrity to equip the 2002 Big Pilot’s Watch with a manufacture movement of considerable sophistication and considerable cost. The new millennium seen the launching of IWC’s grade 5000 oversize automatic in-house caliber. This monster motion combined attributes of the former cal. 85 (automatic) and 95 (pocket watch) families into one machine that launched as the world’s largest automatic caliber.
Movement inside the watch is the famous IWC in-house made caliber 51111 automatic movement with a 7 day power reserve – that is about 168 hours. The dial comes complete with the time, power reserve indicator and the date. It is one of the most recognizable watches in the luxury watch world, and probably the first watch people think of when it comes to solid quality luxury brand pilot watches. While I don’t know the specific price of the watch, I have a feeling it isn’t going to be very cheap, the standard model in steel is around $10,000. I hope they make at least 500 or so of them, because this is really a stunning watch in blue. Look for it soon, at IWC boutique stores located in North America.