IWC has a long history regarding pilot’s watches. Their iconic Mark 11 dates back to 1948 and that’s why IWC thought it is time to resurrect it in the current Mark XVIII. Meet the ‘Tribute to Mark XI’ version. Limited to only 1948 pieces, so you have to be quick.

The original IWC Mark 11 was in production from 1948 till the early 1980s, before being replaced with the Mark XII. The IWC Mark 11 was fitted with a IWC Caliber 89 movement, hand-wound and ticking at 18.000vph. A movement they used in various other watches as well. After that, IWC used Jaeger-LeCoultre movements and ETA movements for their Mark-series Pilot watches. This new IWC Mark XVIII ‘Tribute to Mark XI’ has the self-winding 35111-calibre, which is based on the Sellita SW300-1.

IWC Mark XVIII Mark 11

IWC made sure to incorporate a couple of design elements from the original Mark 11, such as the baton hands, the luminous markers at 3, 6 9 and 12 o’clock and of course the triangular index at 12. The lumed elements have received this vintage patina look to stress the retro aspect of this Pilot’s watch.

I love IWC’s toolwatches, like the Pilot mark-series and the Genta based Ingenieur models. This Mark XVIII ‘Tribute to Mark XI’ reference IW327007 is simply stunning and one of my favorite editions already. The original Mark 11 was mainly delivered to the RAF.

As said, the Mark 11 was in production for a long time span. In 1984 it was replaced by the Mark XII. Ever since, according to IWC, it is one of the best selling models from the Schaffhausen watch company.

IWC Mark XVIII Mark 11

This special edition will be exclusively offered at Harrod’s in London for 3 months (starting July 2017) and afterwards will be available from IWC boutiques all over the world.

IWC’s Mark XVIII ‘Tribute to Mark XI’ IW327007 is priced at 4790 Euro and comes with a green NATO strap.

More information can be found on IWC on-line.

 

  • Luciano

    4.8k EUR for an ETA-based three hand watch with closed back and unremarkable dial or case finishing.

  • Anthony Smith

    IWC is one if my favourite watch brands and this model with it’s perfect dial design just ticks all the relevant boxes. It also has a following by thousands of watch collectors around the world. One problem is the price though. No matter how much you wrap it up, it’s engine is based on an ETA 2892 and unless they have coated it in gold IWC are asking way too much for this watch. I’m annoyed though because I still look at it and badly want to own one!

  • Pasquale

    Maybe one day before I die, I will see some brand making the heritage re-editions without the date window….
    Than we have Sellita SW300-1? Really?
    Available only in London starting July 2017, a perfect time for sell to the tourists…
    Looks like a timepiece made for make the maximum profit at the right time.
    Dear IWC, I am really disappointed.

  • JCRV

    I like it. So it’s not 100% true to the original, but I don’t care about that. I care whether I like this watch, and I do. I prefer these hands over the basic MkXVIII, especially the metallic over the black dial, and the strap fits it.

    When you use an ETA, you really should say more about that. For instance, STOWA indicates they are using a top grade version in their €930 lookalike. I’m assuming IWC uses a chronometer grade, but for all we know it could be a standard. And they used to modify the 7750 chronometer grade in the Portugieser even further, but I don’t know if they still do. A little more info on this could go a long way to remedy the complaints about the prices for an ETA mechanism.

    Downsides… It costs over €200 more, but uses a much cheaper strap. Guess that’s the price for a limited edition, which at 1948 pieces is not really that limited.
    At this price the engraving at the back reads ‘one out of 1948’. Come on…. That sort of cost cutting only befits watches below €1000-1500.

    Still might keep my eye out for it though. We’ll see how I feel about it in 4 months (if I didn’t spent my money on something else)