REFERENCE IW5104-01 BIG PILOT HERITAGE 55 A LIMITED EDITION TITANIUM WRISTWATCH, CIRCA 2016
Property of an important Private Collection
REFERENCE IW5104-01 BIG PILOT HERITAGE 55
A LIMITED EDITION TITANIUM WRISTWATCH, CIRCA 2016
Caliber: cal. 98300 mechanical, 18 jewels
Case: titanium, case back secured by six screws
Case number: 6'042'569, no. 80/100
Closure: titanium IWC folding buckle
Size: 55 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: IWC presentation box with outer packaging, International Warranty card dated October 8, 2016, original purchase receipt, operating instructions manual, polishing cloth and an additional Big Pilot strap
Case: The case in overall excellent like-new condition.
Dial: The dial in overall excellent condition.
Movement: The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Launched in a limited edition of 100 pieces at SIHH in 2016, The IWC Big Pilot Heritage 55 faithful in many respects to the history of the navigator's watches from the 1940s on which they're based. At 55mm, the watch is according to IWC was the diameter of the original 52 caliber TSC (Tirette Seconde Centrale) made for the German Air Force in 1940. This edition is fitted with the IWC caliber 98300, known as the "Jones Caliber" as it replicates most of the features of the early IWC pocket watch movement designed under the direction of IWC founder Florentine Ariosto Jones (long regulator index and it beats quite slowly by modern standards, at 18,000 vph, with a 48-hour power reserve).
Despite its 55m diameter and 13.5mm thickness, it weighs less than 150 grams due to its titanium constructed case that also features a soft iron antimagnetic inner shield. These anti-magnetic shield were crucial to pilots watches due to the strong magnetic fields generated by areophane’s fuel ignition systems, as well as the overall magnetic field generated by their aircraft. This shield means the Heritage 55 has an enclosed titanium case back that shows the watches limited edition number, in the current example, No 80 of 100. The watch also features an extra long wrist band with double bow and clasp clip making it possible to wear the watch over a flying suit on wrist or thigh.
The current example is in as new condition and retains its full suite of accessories.