Today, their portfolio is split into six separate families, covering everything from dress pieces to tool models, divers to – of course – pilot’s watches. Exemplified by tastefully masculine design and outstanding craftsmanship, they boast a wide and eclectic fan base, brought together by the love of horology at its finest. Below, we take a look at a few of our favorite IWC replica watches from their current collection.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire ref. IW503601
With an information-heavy dial and an advanced in-house movement, the Replica Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire ref. IW503601 makes our list of favorite IWC watches.
The greatest name ever given to a fighter plane, the Spitfire range from IWC pays tribute to the aircraft that saved Great Britain in WWII. 2019’s SIHH event saw the manufacturer add a further seven models to the collection, including this – the only Big Pilot to be introduced.
Driven by the completely in-house, Cheap IWC Replica Caliber 52615 movement, the double moon display shows the lunar cycle for both northern and southern hemispheres, and will remain accurate for the next 577.5 years. Additionally, the perpetual calendar compensates for the differing number of days in various months, as well as leap years. Consequently, it won’t need correcting until the year 2100.
The movement’s Pellaton winding system and twin barrels give an incredible seven-day power reserve, and all the hardest working components are made from a ceramic which is practically wear-free. You can see all of it at work through a sapphire case back.
On the outside, the traditional silver and steel color schemes of other IWC Spitfire Replica Watches has been abandoned in favor of a more old-school military aesthetic, with an olive drab dial set in a handsome bronze case – one designed to pick up its own unique patina over time. Rounding it all off is a brown calf leather strap.
IWC Portugieser Automatic ref. IW500712
A power reserve indicator sits at the three o’clock position on the silver-plated dial, marking the seven-day autonomy provided by another caliber in IWC’s own 52000 series, the Caliber 52010. Beating at 28,800vph, the 257-component movement, beautifully finished in Côtes de Genève, is again visible through the display caseback.
It is the latest in a six-model series of automatic watches, which also includes blue and black dial examples, as well as a pair of red gold editions, which represent the simplest iterations of the Replica Watches China name. Others in the collection include chronographs, minute repeaters, tourbillons, and a Grande Complication, which combines most of the others into one. The Portugieser Automatic harks back to the piece that started it all, and remains a signature work in the brand’s catalog.
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport ref. IW380901
At 44mm in diameter, it certainly isn’t a watch for every wrist, but the titanium casing does a fine job of keeping weight down, while the stark black and white tonality lends it an inherent versatility.
The flyback chronograph features a large counter at the 12 o’clock location, with a combined hour and minute totalizer, while a second sub dial at the 6 o’clock is for a small hacking seconds, complete with lightning bolt hand – a little nod to the watch’s anti-magnetic properties. Like the Rolex Milgauss and the Omega Railmaster, the Best IWC Ingenieur Replica Watches In The World has its caliber shrouded by a soft iron Faraday cage to protect it from electromagnetic forces.
A base-1000 tachymetric scale around the perimeter completes the dial’s decoration, while that shielded movement is another completely homegrown effort from IWC’s 89000 series, the Caliber 89361. The 4Hz, 38-jewel mechanism offers a 68-hour reserve and is again finished in Côtes de Genève, although this time there’s no sapphire caseback to let you see it.