IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XV

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REF 3253
Automatic
38 MM
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SKU AS07541
Article Number 409700004490
ref 3253
case size 38 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Aviator
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Stainless steel mesh bracelet with signed deployant clasp.
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing recent professional refinishing and only faint wear from careful handling. Luminous matte black dial with printed Arabic indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF 3253
Automatic
38 MM
– Show less
SKU AS07541
Article Number 409700004490
ref 3253
case size 38 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2000s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Aviator
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 19 MM
Includes Stainless steel mesh bracelet with signed deployant clasp.
overall condition The case is in good condition overall showing recent professional refinishing and only faint wear from careful handling. Luminous matte black dial with printed Arabic indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

The IWC Pilot's Watch can trace its history back to the oversized timepieces produced for military aviators in 1940. These enormous pieces were originally designed for maximum legibility in a cockpit setting, and — believe it or not — were meant to be worn on the pilot's thigh!

Today, the Pilot's line is perhaps IWC's most identifiable collection, featuring a variety of case and dial configurations suited for any taste — provided your wrist can handle the larger-than-average dimensions. If not, that’s where the Mark series comes in. These watches are contemporary takes on the original Mark X and Mark XI watches from the 1940s.

This particular watch, a Pilot's Watch MARK XV, dates to circa the late 1990s - early 2000s and features a 38mm brushed stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal, a signed crown, and a brushed bezel. It houses a luminous matte black dial with printed white ‘Arabic’ indices, a matching handset, and IWC's Calibre 30110 (ETA 2892-A2 base) with 21 jewels and a 41-hour power reserve within.

Paired to a fantastic stainless steel mesh bracelet with a signed deployant clasp, this piece is the essence of a Pilot's watch.

With excellent legibility, handsome looks, and utilitarian, military influence, it’s no surprise that the Mark series has become a cornerstone of the IWC collection.

This one is no different.

Brand Story

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When an American watchmaker named Florentine Ariosto Jones arrived in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1868, he found a city almost frozen in time. Though the Industrial Revolution had swept through America, in Switzerland the situation was very different. Watchmakers still plied their trades by their own firesides, as they had done for centuries. But Jones had in mind something different — an American-style factory where the watches would be designed and assembled in keeping with the old Swiss ways. His methods caught on, and soon there were 196 people employed at his factory.
Though the International Watch Company was founded 35 years before Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flight, the association between IWC and aviation began just as the age of flight dawned: A pocket watch made by the company in the 1890s found its way into the pocket of one Robert Albert Lotter, a pilot in the German Luftwaffe who served with distinction during the First World War.
Two decades later, in 1936, IWC released a watch that set the standard for pilot’s watch design, the Spezialuhr für Flieger, or Special Pilot's Watch. Another would follow in 1940, the Beobachtungs-ühren (“observation watch”), which spawned an entire model line in IWC’s current collection called the Big Pilot. However, despite the Big Pilot’s current popularity, it was the Special Pilot’s Watch that would lay the cornerstone for IWC’s most iconic line: the Mark series of pilot’s watches.
IWC released the Mark XI in 1948 according to specifications set forth by the British Ministry of Defense. These watches had to be legible, compact, and able to withstand exposure to the magnetic fields emitted by instruments in an airplane’s cockpit. The Mark XI, therefore, had a black dial with large luminous Arabic numbers, while its incredibly robust Calibre 89 movement was encased in an iron cage. (Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, IWC would produce myriad dress watches in steel and gold based upon the Calibre 89 movement, which remain relatively plentiful on the vintage market.)
The Mark XI served as the basis for design inspiration for a robust line of pilot’s watches still being produced today – easily identifiable by their clean, uncluttered dials, robust cases, and outstanding quality.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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