This week, IWC announced and simultaneously made available for sale, a new Pilot’s Chronograph, for under $5K.

While the watch is powered by an IWC-modified ETA 7750 (IWC caliber 79320), as opposed to one of the Schaffhausen-based company’s in-house designed and manufactured calibers, it’s still a bargain, relatively speaking, for a top-tier brand in this category.

By comparison, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Tribute to Mark XI is $4,150 and has a three-hand ETA.

The black Pilot dial features 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters, and a small seconds subdials, as well as a day/date display and central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds. It’s a classic look that when matched with the white transferred markings, beige lume, and a green textile strap results in the appealing retro military aesthetic that IWC is known for.

I personally love the look, although I do wonder if the hour hand might look better with a pointed tip as opposed to none at all.

The steel case measures 43 mm x 15.3 mm and features a locking crown, non-locking chronograph pushers, and a solid screwed-in caseback. Water-resistance is 60 meters.

There’s a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields which helps keep the 4Hz automatic running accurately. The ETA 7750 movement has 25 jewels and a 44-hour power reserve.

Retail is $4,950 and the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph will be available for sale exclusively online in the US until October 2018. Learn more at IWC.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.