Big watches for big adventures
The largest aviator watch and the legendary Big Pilot
Pioneers of aviation have always displayed great courage. Defying gravity in heady heights, pilots have to keep their cool - and they have to be able to rely on their equipment for measuring distance and speed. In 1936, IWC launched its first aviator watch - a “Special Pilot’s Watch”. The Big Pilot’s Watch 52 T. S. C. followed in 1940, produced specifically for military purposes. With its 55 millimetre case, the Big Pilot’s Watch 52 T. S. C. is IWC’s largest wristwatch, making the timepiece an exceptional eye-catcher in spite of the reductionist design that is inspired by the onboard instruments of aeroplanes. To this day, the legendary aviator watch by the International Watch Company is the largest of its kind. The Big Pilot’s Watch 52 T. S. C. later influenced the design of the legendary Big Pilot. Launched in 2002, the Big Pilot measures 46 millimetres in diameter, making it much smaller than the voluminous original from the ‘30s. However, the little brother of the Big Pilot’s Watch 52 T. S. C. is certainly no ordinary wristwatch: the Big Pilot is equipped with the manufacture calibre 51111, the biggest automatic movement produced by IWC.