High Flying History
The provenance of IWC's legendary pilot watch stretches further back in time than the histories of most timepieces. IWC first made the timepiece for the pilots of the German Air Force in 1940. Observation watches inspired the distinctive styling of this 55-mm-diameter timepiece, which actually held a pocketwatch's mechanical movement inside. The oversized proportions not only made the watches easier to read but easier to wear—since they were designed to be strapped over the sleeve of a flying suit.