The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Bronze IW501005

By rolex
June 6, 2021
8 min read

Few watches can profess to be genuine symbols. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch is unquestionably one of them. This WWII-motivated pilot’s watch needs no presentation any longer. Obviously, the one that everyone knows is the exemplary dark dial form with white files (Ref. IW500912) . However, there are more versions offered by the brand – including my top choice, the “Le Petit Prince” ref. IW500916 – with or without complications. As of late, the brand added another, vintage-like subcollection in the Big Pilot line named “Heritage”, which incorporates the watch we’re going to survey, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Bronze IW501005. Patina is going to hit the sky!


In 2002, IWC dispatched a watch that would later become a genuine foundation in the assortment, a watch that many commended and cherished, a watch that would characterize IWC as a genuine pilot’s watch make: the Big Pilot. The primary release – the standard dark dial adaptation, Ref. IW5002 – was a cutting edge re-presentation of a notorious German military watch, the B-Uhr. This watch, dating from 1935 and stamped ‘Beobachtungsuhr’, was worn by the aeroplane’s navigators.

German Luftwaffe pilots utilized this watch as a genuine route instrument and, for this very explanation, the watch was enormous – about 55mm in width – and accommodated a huge hand-wound pocket watch development. The development was encircled by a delicate iron case, making these watches against attractive, which is fundamental for aeronautics watches. A genuine model is the IWC Caliber 52 T.S.C. (Ref. IW431) that was first produced in 1940 (see picture above.)

The 2002 IWC Big Pilot’s watch Ref. IW5002 was a cutting edge translation of this idea instead of a devoted duplicate of a past model. All things considered, it was characterized by its larger than usual case – 46mm – and its symbolic dial, with hands and markers indistinguishable from the 1940s watches. Inside was a super huge development, this time however with programmed winding and a 7-day power hold. Vintage in style, however not in the specifications.

Three generations of Big Pilot’s watches were presented – IW5002, IW5004, and the current IW5009. In the event that the idea remained fundamentally the equivalent, a few advancements are to be noted. For example, the midlife model IW5004 was somehow decried by authorities as a result of a less authentic dial show. At the SIHH 2016, IWC presented a fresh out of the box new form – Ref. IW5009 – which refreshed the dial and got back to the original plan – with the 9 o’clock numeral once again into the right spot and the dark triangle underneath the 12 o’clock list. Likewise, the development was completely changed, and on the off chance that it actually has a 7-day power save, it includes a fresh out of the plastic new design inside. This is the development that has been utilized for the formation of a few restricted (or not) releases, including two “Heritage” watches: the Ref. IW501004 with titanium case and the one that is the argument here, the bronze form Ref. IW501005.

The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Bronze IW501005

The as of late introduced Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Bronze IW501005 is a restricted release of 1,500 pieces that IWC dispatched to satisfy the individuals who locate the exemplary dark dial form too specialized, too present day, insufficient established in military motivation. I for one can comprehend that a few people need something more “vintage” with regards to such WWII-motivated watches, as the IW5009 genuinely is a chilly, instrument-like watch without any ruffles. Things addressed, the titanium IW501004 and much more the bronze IW501005 are genuinely classical looking.

The development, compared to the standard dark dial adaptation, is altogether about the look. Measurements, particulars and mechanics are the equivalent in the two variants of the watch. Be that as it may, the case and dial are new. In 2016 as of now, IWC dispatched some “Heritage” watches (in the edge of the SIHH when the Pilot’s watch assortment was altogether changed) with the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48mm & 55mm (1,000-piece and 100-piece restricted releases individually). These two were, be that as it may, fairly separated in the assortment, and didn’t include the programmed 7-day power save development and the focal seconds/power save marker show. The IW501005 is more in accordance with what the traditional Big Pilot’s Watch should be.

This Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Bronze depends on a similar 46.2mm x 15.4mm case as the standard steel variant. The shape is additionally the equivalent. What changes is the material utilized: a bronze compound with its characterizing dim gold tone – when new – or greenish patina – subsequent to being worn seriously. This decision of material changes the impression of the watch, giving it a similarity to old, military models. Additionally, bronze is a special material that lives and changes as you wear the watch. The watch appeared here is as of now very “aged” and has this particular green oxide everywhere on the case. This is something that some will cherish and that some won’t. This is important for the fun of a bronze watch, so know about that prior to getting one. The watch you’ll have when leaving the shop won’t last as such…

Bronze is utilized likewise on the jewel formed larger than usual crown yet not for the caseback, which is made of titanium for evident skin-insurance reasons. Bronze oxide can cause hypersensitive responses and this material shouldn’t be in direct contact with the skin. The caseback doesn’t highlight a transparent sapphire (like the steel model). The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch is planned as a genuine instrument made to help route (or not, contingent upon how you need to manage it), and its argument is secured against attractive fields with a delicate iron confine enclosing the development. Along these lines, the sapphire precious stone on the dial side is secured against removal by an unexpected drop in air pressure.

On the wrist, no curve balls. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Bronze IW501005 is and stays a Big Pilot. It is enormous, thick, weighty and is a lot of an assertion piece. No discussion. This is characteristically important for the model and, similar to it or not, a Big Pilot’s can’t be more modest. The tie is additionally long and thick, which, indeed, finds a place with the entire idea of this watch. By the by, the drags are short and bended enough to make the watch adjusted and rather comfortable once got to the wrist. The watch, because of the bronze case and the new dial, is hotter and more enthusiastic than the steel model.

Dial-side, a few developments are to be noted as well. The showcase – with focal H-M-S, power save pointer at 3 o’clock and date at 6 o’clock – stays indistinguishable from the steel IW5009. Nonetheless, tones and engravings are unique. Clear update: the files, numerals and hands are covered with tritium-shaded Super-LumiNova – henceforth a rich, light earthy colored tone. This matches the bronze case well and makes a general classical style. Likewise, on the off chance that you look carefully, you’ll notice that the moment track, the hour records, just as the numerals, are contrastingly molded. Little subtleties that set this watch apart from the remainder of the collection.

Even however deceptively matured, the watch holds an extraordinary differentiation and heavenly intelligibility – in light or in obscurity. The last update compared to the standard steel model is to be seen on the hands, which are totally blued – a tribute to the original B-Uhr watches. As usual, the presence of the date remains debatable… To every his own.

Inside the case is IWC’s in-house calibre 52110. This huge, pocketwatch-sized development (38.20mm breadth) was dispatched in 2015 and offers various upgrades over the past 7-day motors found in the Big Pilot’s Watch. As a matter of first importance, its energy is presently put away in two origin barrels and not just one – which means a more consistent conveyance of force over the full length of the force save. The programmed winding is as yet done by a Pellaton framework, presently with black ceramic winding pawls and white ceramic direction. The indexless offset with a recurrence of 4 hertz (28,800 beats each hour) and the Breguet spring ensure greatest accuracy. At last, despite the fact that undetectable in this watch, the development is well decorated.


The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Bronze IW501005 is certainly a decent watch – in any event, for the individuals who will like its matured case and dial. Thus, it is marginally more segmenting than the steel model and will be less simple to wear consistently. In this design, it becomes to a greater extent a collector’s piece, clarifying additionally the 1,500-piece restricted version. It is estimated at EUR 13,800. More subtleties on .