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Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine De Saint Exupéry"

Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition Pilot's Watch Antoine De Saint Exupery Caseback
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Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine De Saint Exupéry"

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Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine De Saint Exupéry"

IWC Reference IW327003

Case Diameter: 40.0 MM

Case Thickness: 11.0 MM

Power Reserve: 42 Hours via IWC Caliber 30110 Automatic Movement

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Dial: Brown with White Arabic Numerals

Strap: Brown Calfskin Santoni Strap with Tang Type Buckle

 

In the world of pilot's watches, there two trains of thought - ultra intricate with as many complications as humanly possible, with chronographs at a minimum; moonphases, emergency beacons, and the like crammed into the dial. However, there is another school of thought where your grandfather's World War II era Pilot's Watch was just about the most beautiful timepiece ever made. IWC's Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII certainly fits in the latter category. The only complication is its humble white date wheel, the Antoine De Saint Exupéry version of the Mark XVIII fits into the limited series thanks to its metallic brown dial & P-38 Lightning on its caseback. 

As for the inscription the caseback, much has been made on our site as well as on IWC's own site about Le Petit Prince, the famed children's book. Well, the author of the book, Antoine De Saint Exupéry flew an unarmed F-5B photoreconnaissance variant of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning from Corsica to mainland France. While this plane is well-known in the United States as a piston-engine fighter aircraft and bomber for the Army Air Corps, the precursor to the US Air Force, 

But its elegance cannot be matched. Metallic brown, white Arabic numerals, white indices, white stitching on an elegant calfskin Santoni strap and a brushed stainless steel case and tang-type buckle, its beauty comes from its simplicity. Maybe grandpa did have it right - we kids really didn't need all these gadgets. Naaah - tourbillons, fusee chains and Perpetual Calendars are still cool - but this Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition "Antoine De Saint Exupéry" is amazing in its own way.

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