Review The IWC Pilot 43mm Steel Chronograph Watch IW377724 Replica
In 2017, IWC took us by surprise when presenting the desirable, vintage-inspired and definitely cool IWC Pilot’s Chronograph Mark XVIII Edition watch “Tribute to Mark XI”. Now, it’s time for the Schaffhausen-based brand to focus on the chronograph version of this watch and to apply the same recipe: baton hands, faux-patine markers, cleaner dial and fabric strap. And if the 3-hander was mimicking the Mark XI, the new IWC Pilot 43mm steel chronograph IW377724 replica is reminiscent of one of the coolest 1990s watches, the Fliegerchronograph ref. 3706.
IWC takes the ref. IW377709, a watch in the collection for 3 years now, as a base for its newest IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph replica. Don’t be surprised to find the same case, the same display, the same crown and pushers and the same specifications. The new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724 replica indeed has the same 43mm steel case, with circular brushed surface, the same large crown/pushers, the same day-date display and a chronograph movement (calibre 79320) which is still based on the reliable Valjoux architecture.
What changes then? First, the strap is obviously different, as crafted in green fabric and reinforced with leather on critical areas – it is the same strap as used on the 2017 IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI”. The main difference is, of course, to be seen on the dial. The recipe is the same as the “Tribute to Mark XI”. No more propeller-like hands, no more baton hour indexes. Instead, we have the historically-relevant baton hands, the thinner hour numerals, simple baton hands for the sub-counters, a clear 1/4th of a second track on the periphery of the dial and, important, the vintage-like faux-patina indexes at 3-6-9 and triangle at 12.
Of course, one other difference is the lume – the new model has beige lume on the markers and hands, which replicates the appearance of aged tritium on the original references 3705/6. It’s pretty remarkable that that yesterday’s launch happened in such a soft way – especially considering the amount of buzz this is liable to generate. IWC broke with the usual industry practice; there was no conventional press release announcing its arrival. The whole launch consisted of an announcement on social media. It may prove to have been a smart move, though.
Model: Pilot’s Watch Chronograph
Reference Number: IW377724
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Black
Water Resistance: 60 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Green fabric strap
The Movement: Caliber IWC 79320 (Valjoux 7750 base)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, day, date, chronograph
Power Reserve: 44 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 25 jewels
If the idea was to use the same design as the “Tribute to Mark XI”, the result gives the impression that we’re facing a 1990s Fliegerchronograph 3706, just with a larger case – and honestly, it looks rather cool. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724 will apparently be available online only, at a price of USD 4,950 or EUR 5,500 (the same price as the regular version).
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