IWC Schaffhausen Pilot's Watch Automatic 36
IWC's Pilot's Watches were developed over 80 years ago as rugged and reliable instruments for airborne celestial navigation. That also determined the distinctive instrument look that has characterized the watches' design to this day. This version of the Pilot's Watch Automatic 36 was inspired by the iconic design of the Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII. The diameter of just 36 millimetres not only makes the watch a perfect fit for a slightly slimmer wrist: it also marks a return to the original size of the Mark 11 navigation watch, which was produced in Schaffhausen for the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1948. The watch has a stainless-steel case, a black dial and rhodium-plated hands. The technical features include a soft-iron inner case to protect the movement against magnetic fields and a front glass that was specially secured against sudden drops in pressure.
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In 1868, the American watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones travelled from Boston to Switzerland and founded the ‘International Watch Company’ in Schaffhausen. His visionary dream was to combine advanced American manufacturing methods with the craftsmanship of Swiss watchmakers to make the best pocket watches of his time. In doing so, he not only laid the foundation for IWC’s unique engineering approach but also established the centralized production of mechanical watches in Switzerland.
Over its 150 year history, IWC Schaffhausen has developed a reputation for creating functional complications, especially chronographs and calendars, which are ingenious, robust, and easy for customers to use. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC today specializes in highly engineered technical watch cases manufactured from advanced materials, such as titaniumaluminide and Ceratanium®. Preferring the principle of “form follows function” over decoration, the Swiss watch manufacturer’s timeless creations embody their owners’ dreams and ambitions as they journey through life.
IWC sources materials responsibly and takes action to minimize its impact on the environment, creating intrinsically sustainable timepieces that are built to last for generations. The company prides itself in training its own future watchmakers and engineers, as well as offering an excellent working environment ...