IWC Big Pilot Automatic

IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW501001
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IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW501001


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Series : Big Pilot
Retail: $13,200
(As of: 12/2023)
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Quick TakeThis Big Pilot is the newest evolution of the original Big Pilot released in the 2000s. The watch has a stark black dial with bright white numerals and a power reserve indicator. The black leather strap is rivited like the original as well.
DescriptionThe IWC Big Pilot's Watch Automatic Ref. IW501001 is a quintessential example of the brand's dedication to precision, functionality, and timeless design. Housed in a robust stainless steel case with a substantial 46.2 mm diameter and a height of 15.6 mm, this watch is a true embodiment of the Big Pilot's legacy, offering a commanding presence on the wrist. The watch features a classic black dial, enhanced with luminescent elements for superb readability in various lighting conditions. This is complemented by a black calfskin strap, adding a touch of sophistication and comfort to the overall design. The strap's 22.0 mm width ensures a balanced and secure fit, making the watch suitable for both professional and casual settings. This model's sleek and sturdy construction, combined with its understated color scheme, makes it an iconic piece that appeals to both aviation enthusiasts and watch aficionados alike.

At the heart of the IW501001 is the 52010 Calibre, an IWC-manufactured movement that showcases the brand's innovative approach to watchmaking. This automatic, self-winding movement boasts an impressive 168-hour (7 days) power reserve, a feature that highlights the watch's reliability and endurance. The movement is composed of 252 components and 31 jewels, functioning at a frequency of 28'800 VPH (4 Hz), ensuring precise timekeeping. The Pellaton automatic winding system, a hallmark of IWC's ingenuity, adds efficiency and durability to the movement. Additionally, the watch is equipped with a soft-iron inner case, providing protection against magnetic fields, an essential feature for pilots. The sapphire glass, which is convex and features an antireflective coating on both sides, enhances the watch's readability and resilience. Moreover, the glass is secured against displacement by drops in air pressure, underscoring the watch's aviation heritage. With features like a central hacking seconds, a power reserve display, and a date display, the IWC Big Pilot's Watch Automatic Ref. IW501001 is not just a timepiece; it's a testament to IWC's legacy of crafting watches that are as functionally impressive as they are aesthetically pleasing.
Also Known AsBig Pilot
Country of OriginSwitzerland
Case Size46.2 mm
Caliber52010 Calibre
FunctionsHours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Power Reserve
Power Reserve7 Days
Case MaterialsStainless Steel
Bezel MaterialsStainless Steel
Lug MaterialsStainless Steel
Case BackSolid
CrownScrew Down
Dial ColorBlack
Band TypeLeather
Clasp TypeDeployant
Band ColorBlack
Year Made2020s
Limited EditionNo
Hour MarkersArabic Numerals
Band Width22 mm
Case Thickness15.6 mm
Case ShapeRound
Water Resistance 60 Meters
Crystal Sapphire
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