Just a couple of months ago we found out IWC had quietly introduced the new Pilot’s Watch Mark XX. No fanfare, no public announcement, no press releases, nothing. It just popped up on the website one day, out of the blue. And speaking of blue, that was one of the dial colours presented, alongside classical black. This time around, IWC brings us four new references to the Mark XX collection that up the versatility of this very classically styled pilot’s watch once more, with new strap and bracelet options to choose from!
These new additions to the Pilot’s Watch Mark XX collection aren’t going to wow you with creativity or originality. It are typical pilot-style watches by IWC so you pretty much know what you’re getting upfront. However, the Mark XX range revealed some touch-ups beyond the overall design as it showcased new proportions, colours, and mechanics. All of them come in the solid 40mm wide steel case with 10.8mm in height, a simple knurled crown, a solid caseback with embossed aircraft, and a soft-iron inner case to improve magnetic resistance. Not to bore you with every single detail once more, you can check out our previous article on the black and blue IW328201 and IW328203 right here.
What these four new references add to the mix is more versatility, plain and simple. First off, it adds the sunray brushed green dial which we first saw on the Pilot’s Chronograph 41 last year and has since shown its face in multiple models. So that makes three dials in total; classic matte black, sunray brushed blue and now also sunray brushed green. The indications and markings remain the same all-around, with rhodium-plated central hands for the hours, minutes and seconds. Something that will surely spark debate is the positioning and colour of the date display at 3 o’clock.
With the introduction of the Pilot’s Watch Mark XX, IWC also introduced a new movement compared to previous generations of Mark-designated watches. The automatic Calibre 32111 is made by ValFleurier and uses 21 jewels and runs at a frequency of 28,800vph. The power reserve made a massive jump from 42 hours of the outgoing movement, to 120 hours for this one. That’s a total of five days without running out of juice when not worn!
One of the key areas IWC has improved its watches is to bring an integrated interchangeability system. Called the EasX-Change system, this allows you to easily swap out a pilot-style leather strap for the new five-link stainless steel bracelet. A very smart choice, and very neatly integrated, this is something we see more and more of across the entire industry. It offers diversity to the consumer, while at the same time minimizes the risk of damaging the bracelet or lugs with a sharp strap-changing tool or screwdriver. The new models retail for EUR 5,750 on a leather strap, or EUR 6,850 on the stainless steel bracelet and are part of the permanent collection.
For more information, please visit IWC.com