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IWC Discreetly Updates the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 43 with Manufacture Calibre

Same looks, same oversized case but updates with new mechanics, more resistant and quick-change straps.

| By Brice Goulard | 3 min read |
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 43 - 2022 update manufacture movement 69385

For many years, the classic Pilot’s Chronograph of IWC has been this very watch, the reference IW377709. This streamlined yet large 43mm watch has long been powered by a modified Valjoux 7750 movement and has been basically the entry-level option for anyone wanting a pilot’s chrono from the brand, with the emblematic design. Last year, IWC Schaffhausen brought something new, slightly more compact and powered by a more advanced proprietary movement, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41. Taking the exact same recipe, the brand now discreetly updates the larger model, by launching the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 43 references IW378001, IW378003 and IW378005. 

Let’s make it honest from the beginning. What we’re looking at today is a very subtle evolution, at least visually speaking. Just like last week and the introduction of the new Pilot’s Watch Mark XX collection, we’re talking about small design updates, evolutions on the case and strap system and, for the best part, a new movement. The watch is basically almost identical yet some nice improvements are also to be noted.

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 43 - 2022 update manufacture movement 69385
The new 43mm Pilot’s Watch Chronograph (left) and the classic 41mm (right), at the right scale.

To make it short again, this new 2022 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 43 is basically an enlarged version of the 41mm model, and some of the variations we’ve seen around the topic; including the Spitfire, the Ceratanium Top Gun, the Blue-Bronze edition or the Titanium AMG F1 Team Watch. And this means several important updates compared to the previous version of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 43mm of 2016, which can be summarized like this:

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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 43 - 2022 update manufacture movement 69385

  • same 43mm diameter but a now thinner case of 14.8mm (vs. 15.4mm in the past)
  • screwed caseback and crown are kept, but now with 100m water-resistance (vs. 60m in the past)
  • sapphire caseback to see the movement
  • manufacture (ValFleurier) calibre 69385
  • new sunray-brushed green and blue colours, in addition to the classic matte black dial
  • white date and day wheels on all models
  • small seconds now at 6 o’clock (vs. 9 o’clock in the past)
  • straps now equipped with the brand’s EasX-CHANGE quick-change system, and compatible with multiple other straps (leather or rubber, in various colours)

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 43 - 2022 update manufacture movement 69385

If all these updates are minimal when taken separately, it makes for quite some changes when stacking them up. It’s enough to call this 2022 version of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 43 a new watch, since only a few parts will be reutilized from the past edition. The case is more resistant, yet thinner. There are new dial colours, with updated display and more practicality all around.

IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 43 - 2022 update manufacture movement 69385

The movement inside the case isn’t new and has been around the brand’s portfolio since 2016 and the introduction of the revamped Ingenieur collection. Based on the architecture of the emblematic Valjoux 7750 and produced by ValFleurier (Richemont’s shared production facility), it adds robustness and refinement with the switch from a cam-lever system to a smoother column-wheel configuration and a click system close to the Pellaton winding system. This entry-level chronograph movement now replaces all 7750-based calibres and brings a nicer look when seen through the caseback. Specifications are otherwise classic; 4Hz frequency, day-date complication and 46h power reserve.

The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 43 models are released with either a classic matte black dial (IW378001) or new sunray-brushed dials in dark blue (IW378003) or dark green (IW378005), all with white Super-LumiNova accents, white day-date discs and a red small seconds hand. Each comes with a 21mm calf leather strap closed by a pin buckle and can be effortlessly changed with IWC’s system.

The new 43mm watches are now available from retailers, boutiques and online and are part of the permanent collection. The retail price is EUR 7,700. For more details and orders, please visit

7 responses

  1. What is the difference between the old „modified“ 7750 movement and the new proprietary 69385 which is „based on the 7750 architecture“?

  2. Quick change straps & bracelets. Every watch manufacture should be doing this across all their products. Apple’s implementation showed the masses that this was readily accomplishable. Why many manufactures do not embrace this, to this day, mystifies me. Heck, I would buy a new bracelet for my 116710LN if this was an option.

  3. The date is now squarely in the middle of the dial, what a failure of engineering vs marketing, iwc deserves all the gate they can get.

  4. Such a missed opportunity with the new movements. Did the world really need yet another 7750 derived movement? How about something slimmer so we don’t have watches the depth of Pringles tubes on our wrists? Or a decent power reserve? How about fixing the date location and having it closer to the side of the dial instead of out there in the middle of nowhere?

    Same applies to the new Mark XX. Rather than locate the date in a decent position they just made the 3 o’clock marker longer to try and hide the fact that the date is miles away. Lazy engineering from IWC or, more likely, penny pinching engineering. I used to admire IWC but they’re coasting on mediocrity.

  5. Good mvt or caliber;no more day and date not synchronize; like in7750 caliber.

  6. Realmente merece la pena este nuevo Pilot con un sobreprecio de más de 2000 euros?
    Yo poseo uno con el valjoux 7750 y pienso que no.Gracias.

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