IWC - Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024 Hong Kong Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: Circa 2002
    Reference No: IW500201
    Case No: 2’946’004
    Model Name: Die Gross Fliegeruhr Big Pilot
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 5011, 44 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel IWC deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 46.2mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    -The IWC Big Pilot's Watch has evolved from its functional military origins into a horological icon. Its journey began in 1940 when IWC produced 1,000 oversized "B-Uhr" navigators' watches for the military. With their distinctive dials and pocket watch movements, these tool watches served a specific purpose.

    - In 2002, IWC revived the design as a modern luxury watch. Named the "Grosse Fliegeruhr" or Big Pilot's Watch and produced until 2006, the 46.2mm model ref. 5002 paid homage to its 1940s ancestor while incorporating a new automatic movement with seven-day power reserve. Larger than life and thus highly legible, this first generation of the modern Big Pilot has then expanded from its first stainless steel model to limited editions in platinum.

    - Featuring a sleek matte black chapter ring dial and the signature triangular index at 12 o’clock, the power reserve indication takes position at 3 o’ clock with a 7 days counter. From its military origins to a modern luxury icon for the likes of Pete Maverick Mitchell from Top Gun, the IWC Big Pilot's Watch has earned its place as a legend in its own time. Further paired with a rugged buffalo strap with rivets and cream stitching, this is the perfect watch for daily wear.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. IW500201
An oversized and rare stainless steel pilot’s wristwatch with center seconds, 7 days power reserve and date

Circa 2002
46.2mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for HK$33,020

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024

19 - 26 March 2024