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“Haven’t I seen this watch somewhere before?” You might be thinking this when you first set eyes on the classic Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire. And you wouldn’t be mistaken because its design is inspired by the legendary Mark 11 from 1948.
In the late 1940s, IWC responded to an invitation from the British government by developing a special wristwatch for Royal Air Force pilots. Production began in 1948 and the first timepieces were developed in November 1949. The model remained in airborne service until 1981. It encased IWC’s equally popular hand-wound Caliber 89, which has a soft iron inner case to protect it against the adverse influences of magnetic fields. The boldly designed dial is clearly legible by day and by night. The Mark XII with automatic movement and date followed, but connoisseurs had to wait until 1994 before it finally debuted.
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