Once again, IWC Schaffhausen is paying tribute to the high-flying excellence of the Patrouille Suisse with a special edition for 2015. The pilots of the Swiss Air Force display team have been wowing international air show crowds for decades with the precision and perfection of their formation flying. This year IWC is recognizing the exceptional flyers of the Swiss aerobatics squadron with a Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Patrouille Suisse”, a special version of the iconic watch first produced in 1940 which will be limited to 250 watches.
Dedicated to aviators, the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Patrouille Suisse” (Ref.IW500910) is presented in grey with a case of blasted stainless steel featuring the characteristic design elements that make this professional timepiece for pilots instantly identifiable.
IWC’s historic 52 T.S.C. Big Pilot’s Watch of 1940 is clearly recognizable as the model that inspired the design of the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Patrouille Suisse”. It is a style icon and the model which established the standard design on which all classic pilot’s watches are based.
Model: BIG PILOT’S WATCH EDITION “PATROUILLE SUISSE” REF. IW500910
IWC-manufactured calibre 51011
Mechanical movement featuring Pellaton automatic winding
Frequency: 21,600 A/h | 3 Hz
Power reserve: 7 days (168 hours)
Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance with precision adjustment cams on the balance arms
Breguet balance spring
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Power reserve display
Small hacking seconds at 9 o’clock
Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case (blasted)
Glass sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant 6 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Height: 16 mm
Secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
Slate-coloured dial with sun-pattern finish
Anthracite-coloured embossed calfskin strap, stainless-steel (blasted) folding clasp
Limited edition of 250 watches with consecutive serial numbers