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IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Watches of Switzerland is an Australian retailer of luxury watches established in 1997 and an official retailer for a number of brands. They were also the original distributor for IWC in Australia up until 2000 when Richemont acquired the brand. So, to celebrate its 20 years in business (see our interview with Watches of Switzerland here), they have teamed up with IWC to produce the IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition watch.

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

This isn’t the first time that Watches of Switzerland has teamed up with IWC to produce a special limited edition watch. They did the same for their 10th anniversary too, which culminated in the Watches of Switzerland Limited Edition Portuguese Chronograph. It was popular thanks to its unique chocolate brown dial, and it helped that it was exclusive to Watches of Switzerland with only 25 pieces produced.

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

They wanted something similar for their 20th anniversary, and they worked with IWC to create the model you see here. Recognizing the trend of vintage-inspired watches as well as the popularity of IWC’s Pilot’s watches in Australia, they decided to combine the two to create the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph watch.

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph watch is based on the popular IWC Pilots Chronograph ref. 3777. Case dimensions are identical, so it comes in a 43mm stainless steel case that measures 15mm thick. Prominent pushers and crown help make operation easy. Water resistance is also unchanged at 60m.

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

What has changed, however, is the dial. In place of the white hands and markings on the ref. 3777, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph has patina-colored hands and markers instead. Along with a vintage-looking brown Santoni leather strap, this gives the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph watch an aged look that so many watch lovers and collectors seem to like these days.

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IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Otherwise, the layout and configuration haven’t changed. The main hour and minute hands are still centrally located, as is the chronograph seconds hand, and you still have the 30 and 12-hour chronograph registers at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively. At 9 o’clock, you still have the running seconds in white.

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Inside, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph is powered by the same IWC 79320 Caliber found in the ref. 3777. It is a robust, reliable self-winding chronograph movement that is based on the common Valjoux 7750. It beats at 4Hz and offers around 44 hours of power reserve.

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

To commemorate this special watch, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph comes with a commemorative case back that shows the watch’s number in the limited edition series. The case back also has the Watches of Switzerland logo and a special design that celebrates its 20th anniversary.

IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

This is a watch that I think a lot of IWC fans, especially those who are also fans of the current vintage-inspired watch trend, will enjoy. They haven’t messed about with the classic good looks of the ref. 3777 and whatever little changes there are have been tastefully implemented. The only problem, however, is that there are only going to be 50 of them. The Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph is priced at AU $7,950. watchswiss.com

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  • Sheez Gagoo

    Well, some other lume, another strap, still 7750 inside and $8000. It’s up to you decide.

    • Word Merchant

      I decided. No.

  • Chaz

    Overall a nice, safe, vanilla, not over-the-top, truly limited edition watch that’ll appeal to WOS’s VIP customers. A shame the more interesting movement wasn’t used but I’m a fan of the 7750’s reliability and accuracy. Keeps costs down too, I’m sure.

    I like that it is actually numbered and not the usual IWC “One of xxx” ersatz limited.

  • Word Merchant

    Anything to do with this Watches of Switzerland? http://www.watches-of-switzerland.co.uk

    • Nope – separate companies in separate countries. They just share a name is all.

  • Moonraker

    The nap I’m about to take will surely be more exciting…

    • Berndt Norten

      What happened to the nap?

      • Moonraker

        I took a power nap to gear up for the stupor.

        • DanW94

          That should be one super stupor, trooper.

          • Berndt Norten

            Abbad pun!

    • Word Merchant

      This is what’s known as a boregasm.

      • Moonraker

        Without the dénouement.

        • WINKS

          Unhappy ending.

  • James Miller

    This is everything a pilot’s chrono should be. Nothing too exciting, simply a well designed watch that is functional. No more, no less.

  • Phil leavell

    I like flieger Style watches

    • Palettj

      It can be yours for $3775 brand new & tax free at Jomashop.

      • Phil leavell

        Sorry wouldn’t deal with them dealt in the past their Shifty

        • Palettj

          What happened?

          • Phil leavell

            Highly suggest you go on internet and get reviews from a site that is not theirs. I personally wouldn’t buy a can of pop from their pop machine

          • Palettj

            Phil I’ll call your bluff and say you have never dealt with them at all. The vast majority of the reviews are extremely positive on the forums. I’ve had two flawless transactions including a Omega PO 8500. It was brand new in box and runs like a top. This very website has done a write up on the company. I have no affiliation with Joma whatsoever, but think you are full of it.

          • Phil leavell

            Glad you think so if you’ve had a good experience good for you don’t worry about it when you get burned

  • SuperStrapper

    Hey guys, it’s a 20 year anniversary. We need something really special!

    7750?

    Is that special enough?

    We can charge $8k for it…?

    Nailed it.

    • But it’s only $6257 USD, ha ha.

      • SuperStrapper

        Today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

  • It’s nice, insomuch as it looks like every other IWC pilot chrono.

  • Yanko

    My eyes are exhausted by seeing yet another watch design that every other company makes.

  • Moonraker
  • Raymond Wilkie

    So , what’s so special about it ? Answer,……………absolutely bloody nothing. Pointy, busy, and super boring™

  • Moonraker

    IWC values its relationships with its ADs and has nothing but respect for the Australian market. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f41d42cf91240c5b8e23e5895e6bebae4de4f265310a85c9e70d25f00662b518.jpg I put more effort into looking up these demotivationals, unfortunately. For everybody.

    • SuperStrapper

      That’s a classic. 1st gen demotivator.

  • Faux patina? That’s it? Boy, they stayed up late coming up with that one. I’m sure they’ll find 50 people willing to pay twice what it’s worth for that exclusive yet uninspired detail.

  • Middle

    but hey, it’s the grey market depressing watch prices.

  • Palettj

    What a joke, the normal version looks better. You can buy a Damasko DC66 or Sinn 756 which use the same movement but have better technology.

    • TrevorXM

      Both the Damasko and Sinn are better watches for a lot less. I would also look at the Fortis options — the B42 case gives 200m and is used on space missions regularly with Roscosmos.

  • Ross Diljohn

    I’d buy a Sinn.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Spooky, a watch just disappeared their.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      ??

      • Raymond Wilkie

        It’s back. The Icon.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          ???

        • Word Merchant

          It did didn’t it. Glad I wasn’t imagining it.

  • Yan Fin

    When exactly should we celebrate Watches of Switzerland’s 20th anniversary? And how?

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Why do the chrono- and the second hand have a different colour? Normally the chrono hands have a different colour to separate them from the time telling hands.

  • commentator bob

    I wouldn’t wear it with John Mayer’s wrist.

  • commentator bob

    Please tell me this watch used up the world supply of garbage ugly-as-hell fake aged old radium SuperLuminova and there is none left for Omega.

  • thecouchguy

    I think for this money, I would rather buy one of the many many moon watch variations.

  • commentator bob

    Here’s a 20 pack of Fosters for the Kiwi’s that commissioned this watch. Please enjoy your finest beer with pride, one for each year. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d15851f5f05de1aa456fdfc90ed99ffe388a24217146c8f1b3f6b27605b3b3d.jpg

    • IG

      Foster’s, Kiwis, plonker.

      • commentator bob

        The thing is that I am intentionally calling whoever commissioned this watch Kiwis and telling them to enjoy Foster as insults. Because they insulted the watch market with this watch and its price. Although I’m worried that for them it was not intentional, just oblivious.

        • spiceballs

          Where do you get that Kiwis were involved in this? Acording to this article and the one referenced, this is an Australian-based company and nothing, as far as I can read, of anything to do with NZ? FYI, people from Australia are called Aussies, not Kiwis, but both will enjoy a Fosters.

  • Moonraker
  • Ulysses31

    Looks nice enough, but then so do the other models in this range. I hardly see any worth in the “limited edition” aspects as it is barely different. It’s also pretty damn expensive for what you get.

  • Moonraker
  • mtnsicl

    It needs a decorated movement and a see through caseback. And, a big price drop! Other than that, it’s a very nice watch!

  • PR

    The LPP Pilot chronograph is an excellent watch, yes its still a base 7750, but it runs like a champ, to a very good spec and feels great. But what really makes it stand out is the stunning crisp blue dial and with white details. It just pops and catches your attention with very good attention to detail. While the market may like this color scheme, its not quite that appealing to me and looks like it cheapens the watch a tad and a bit monotone.

  • SwissTimepieces

    A fantastic looking piece ! We specialize in IWC watches – http://www.swisstimepieces.co.uk

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