Movement : Automatic IWC Cal. 69385
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : December 2021
Case Size : 41mm
Case Thickness : 14mm
Lug to Lug : 51.5mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Like-New
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch
Here we have a 2021 IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "C.03." IW388105 A collaboration with the Collective Horology, a Silicon Valley-based Online retailer offering many brands to enthusiasts in the US, since their founding in 2018 they have worked with Czapek, URWERK, IWC Schaffhausen, Zenith, H. Moser and many others on two distinctive projects which are the Collective Series and Portfolio Series, these watches are made available to the Collective members through their shop. Limited to 125 pieces, inspired by the IWC IW3706 from the 1990s. With a 41mm satin brushed stainless steel case with a soft-iron inner case that protects the watch from magnetic fields, a subtle curve of the case leads to flowing chamfer-edges tapered lugs, and a lug-to-lug length of 51.5mm and a case thickness of 14mm gives the watch an impressive wrist presence. Down the right side, we have the polished chronograph pushers and in the centre, a screw-down signed crown, the chamfer-edges smooth bezel holds a convex sapphire crystal AR coated on both sides. A matte black and grey monochromatic dial has an outer minute track with Arabic numeral and baton indexes coated in a grey Super-LumiNova luminance marking the hours, large Arabic numerals lay just underneath again coated in a grey Super-LumiNova luminance with the triangle and pips at 12 o’clock a characteristic seen on many pilot timepieces. At 3 o’clock a day/date window. The chronograph consists of a 30-minute register at 12 o’clock, a 60-second register at 6 o’clock and finally, a 12-hour register at 9 o’clock, each register having a concentric circular pattern. Elegant sword hands coated in luminance complemented with a tapered chronograph hand, at 3 o’clock we have the IWC motif completing this military-inspired chronograph. On the reverse, a screw-down exhibition case back, inside an automatic IWC Cal. 69385, 33 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, based on the ETA 7750 movement, modified by IWC to their specifications and has a black skeleton nickel-plated signed rotor. The watch is paired with a 20mm black fabric strap with a signed buckle and the watch also comes with its IWC presentation box and papers.
Collective Horology has made some incredible limited editions with brands over the years and this IWC "C.03" is another perfect example of that! They don't feel the need to slap a huge logo on the dial, add some insane colours or do anything ridiculous... They take inspiration from the past, in this case, the IW3706 from the 90s, and add subtle details to make it stand out to those who know, that is a perfect limited edition in my eyes. I wouldn't hesitate on this one, especially with 125 total made!
In 1867 Florentine applied for a European passport with the dream of creating watches using the American system of Watchmaking. This system was taken from the Federal Armories at Springfield and Harpers Ferry. Where armaments needed high-precision interchangeable parts. This was perfect to use in watchmaking and Florentine was a pioneer in introducing it to the Swiss. In 1868 Florentine and Charles Kidder ended up in Schaffhausen Switzerland. Originally called the company F. A Jones & Co which was later changed to IWC International Watch Company. In 1876 Florentine returned to the USA where he retired and sadly passed away in 1916. The spirit that he spent a lifetime perfecting carries on today in the modern IWC watches.