IWC Big Pilot Automatic

IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401 Video 01
IWC Big Pilot Automatic IW500401 Video 02


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Series : Big Pilot
Retail $14,300.00
This Item Was Sold
Condition Pre-Owned
Why We Like It Along with the Royal Oak Offshore series from Audemars Piguet, the IWC Big Pilot’s watches have always been our favorite watch series. From when we were first getting interested in watches as the original 5002 Big Pilot’s Watch was launched, it really made an impression on us. This 5004 series Big Pilot takes the more historic and tool like aspects of the 5002 and puts them in a more buttoned up package. This was the first overhaul to the 5002 that improved both the movement and updated the aesthetics of the watch. We’ve never been huge fans of the black leather strap the 5004 came on, so putting this watch on the newer textured black leather strap from the Top Gun series makes the watch really pop. Even though the watch is 46mm, the strap comes straight down when worn, making it fit better than something with flared lugs like an Offshore. We feel everyone should consider a Big Pilot in their collection, we always have at least one in our personal collection.
Notes Watch was recently looked over by our watchmaker and had a light polish bringing it back to excellent condition. There are a few very light scratches left mostly on the case back, but did not want to over polish the watch. This Big Pilot’s Watch 500401 runs a solid +4 - +7 seconds a day on our timegrapher, see attached video. We put it on a black textured leather strap from the Big Pilot Top Gun series which is in great shape. The Top Gun strap really makes the 500401 come to life. Also comes with a pretty beat up IWC brown leather strap with two damaged rivets on the strap. An IWC travel case is also included.
DescriptionThe Big Pilot 500401 was the first major update to the Big Pilot 5002. The movement was improved and the dial was evolved. This was when the Big Pilot grew up and become more a of a luxury timepiece. This watch will run for seven days if not worn and is probably the easiest watch to tell time on, with its extremely legible dial. The Big Pilot has always been one of my favorite watches and I always have one in my collection. The worn out brown leather strap is included, but I put the watch on the Top Gun black textured leather strap from my Big Pilot Top Gun Perpetual Calendar. This strap is in amazing condition and just gives the 500401 a more refined look.

The IWC Big Pilot's Watch 500401 stands as a remarkable exemplar of exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design. Its defining features seamlessly blend functionality with sophistication, creating a watch that pays homage to aviation heritage while retaining a sense of modern luxury. The oversized stainless steel case, a hallmark of the Big Pilot's series, immediately captures attention, reflecting the bold and adventurous spirit of aviators. The iconic reference number 500401 further enhances its uniqueness, setting it apart as a collector's dream.

At the heart of this timepiece lies IWC's dedication to precision and innovation. The bold dial features luminous numerals and hands, ensuring impeccable readability even in low-light conditions. The large onion-shaped crown, not only pays homage to historical pilot's watches but also offers easy and reliable time adjustments. Encased within, the watch houses the caliber 51110, a self-winding mechanical movement developed by IWC. This movement boasts an impressive 7-day power reserve, a testament to the brand's commitment to functionality and convenience. The IWC Big Pilot's Watch 500401 becomes not just a statement of style but also a companion for those who appreciate precision engineering.

The IWC Big Pilot's Watch 500401 embraces both form and function, making it a versatile companion for both casual and formal occasions. With its blend of aviation-inspired design and contemporary elegance, this watch captures the essence of adventure and luxury in every glance. From its oversized yet comfortable presence on the wrist to the intricate movement within, the 500401 is more than a watch; it's a testament to IWC's legacy of exceptional craftsmanship and innovation.
Also Known AsBig Pilot's Watch 5004, Big Pilot 5004, Big Pilot 5004-01
Included ItemsIWC travel case
Country of OriginSwitzerland
Case Size46 mm
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 Made2000s
Limited EditionNo
Hour MarkersArabic Numerals
Band Width22mm
Case Thickness15.5 mm
Case ShapeRound
Water Resistance 60 Meters
Crystal Sapphire
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