The unmistakable blue dials and elaborate engravings on the casebacks have made these IWC Replica Watches highly covetable in collectors’ circles.
The other big highlight of 2013 was the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502802). This model also had the characteristic reflective blue dial like the Mark XVII and a special medallion depicting the Little Prince on the rotor, viewable from the back of the watch.
The IWC Replica blue dial displays a small hacking seconds subdial at 9o’clock, date and day at 3o’clock, and two chronograph counters at 12o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively for 30 minutes and 12 hour functions.
The 43 mm stainless steel case is water-resistant up to 60 meters and has an engraving of “Le Petit Prince” on the caseback. The watch is offered on a brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching and a stainless-steel pin buckle.
This year, IWC has brought in the “Le Petit Prince” Replica on a watch that offers a dynamic mix of utilitarian design and stylistic flair.
It’s also worth noting that the Arabic hour markers are applied and are in the slightly more stylised typeface used on this collection, helping it stand out on the wrist.