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IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVII

The Mark XVII is a pilot's watch produced by IWC from 2012 through 2016.

Overview

The legendary IWC Mark XI aviator's watch was a “cult watch”. Produced from 1948 until the early eighties, the Mark XI was never available to the public. Sensing an opportunity in the 1990s, IWC introduced a civilian version in 1993, the Mark XII. Over the following decades, IWC produced the Mark XV, larger Mark XVI, and this Mark XVII.

The most notable feature of the Mark XVII, apart from the larger 41 mm case, is the “triple date” window, which was said to resemble a cockpit altimeter. After the clean and balanced Mark XVI, however, this feature tended to clutter the dial and proved quite controversial. The following Mark XVIII returned to a cleaner look reminiscent of the preceding models.

A Le Petit Prince version of the Mark XVII has a blue sunburst dial and applied numerals.

The successor, Mark XVIII was introduced in 2016 with a 40 mm case and simple date window.

References:

  • IW3265-01 Steel case and leather strap
  • IW3265-04 Steel case and bracelet
  • IW3265-06 “Le Petit Prince” steel case and leather strap, blue dial

Movement:

Case:

Dial:

  • Black with luminous indexes (triangle at 12 o'clock)
  • White numerals at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11
  • Steel hours and minutes hand, coated with luminous color
  • White seconds hand

Functions:

Bracelet:

  • Metal bracelet or leather strap

Production:

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