06 of July of 2017
IWC Schaffhausen has just released a special edition of the Pilot Mark XVIII watch that features the original design of the historic Pilot Mark 11. As a reference to the year the first Mark 11 was produced, this special edition is limited to 1,948 watches.
The Pilot Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI” incorporates features of the iconic design of the historic Mark 11, such as the “Balkenkreuz” yellow insignia and “baton pointers.” The small rectangles at “3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock” as the hands are coated with luminescent material to ensure maximum readability, even at night.
Like the original 1948 watch, the watch features a green textile bracelet, also known as the Nato bracelet. A soft iron cage protects the automatic caliber against magnetic fields and the sapphire glass is protected against sudden pressure drops in the cockpit.
The Pilot Watch Mark 11 with black dial and luminescent, white Arabic luminescent numerals was produced in Schaffhausen from 1948 until the early 1980’s. It was supplied to the Royal Air Force and other Commonwealth armed forces. In 1994, the subsequent civilian model – the Mark XII began the tradition of the Pilot Mark, which have long been among the most popular watches manufactured by IWC Schaffhausen.