In one of the articles that we have written earlier this month, we covered some of the novelties that IWC replica had launched during Watches and Wonders 2021. As per the brand’s usual tradition, they tend to focus on a particular collection whenever they decide to revamp a collection during a major watch exhibition. This year, the collection belongs to the Pilot’s series.
Review: 41 MM Fake IWC Pilot’s Chronograph
For collectors who have been in the watch collecting scene long enough, the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph copy with blue dial is definitely a watch that many are familiar with. First introduced in 1994 under the Reference 3706, the Pilot’s Chronograph has seen numerous updates and iterations over its lifespan.
Indeed, the evolution of the Pilot’s Chronograph had been tremendous. The last 27 years have seen the watch taking on new materials, movements, as well as complications (think the Doppelchronograph). One thing, however, remains. That is the classic layout of the watch. It is almost instantly recognisable with that 3 sub-dials at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock position, as well as the day and date apertures at the 3 o’clock placement.
So, what does the new 2021 edition bring to the table?
The Case, Dial, and Hands
The most obvious difference (so far) between this watch and its predecessor, as its name suggests, is its size. The perfect fake IWC Pilot’s Chronograph is now cased at 41mm, a mere 2mm smaller than the Reference 3777. While it does not sound a lot on paper, the difference can be felt when the watch is worn on the wrist. The 41mm timepiece fitted more snugly, and the dial is seemingly more compact.
For the more keen-eyed, the negative space between the sub-dial and the indices at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock are lesser as well. We think that while it is subtle, it does make the watch appear more well-designed.
There is also a switch between the sub-dials. For the newer iteration, the running seconds sub-dial is now at the 6 o’clock position. This means that the hour counter of the chronograph has been moved to the 9 o’clock position. We are rather indifferent with this change.
Moving on, we have the dials. The 1:1 IWC copy watch is available in two different colours: blue and green (as seen in the first picture). The dials have a sun-burst finish, which creates a rather beautiful visual effect when it is exposed to light sources. The fact that it is in blue and green enhances this aspect even further, especially with its vibrant colours.
Lastly, we have the hands. The watch is paired with sword hands, in which they are plated in rhodium and are filled with luminescent material to enable the owner to tell time in the dark. Amongst the hands that are filled with white luminescent material, there is one that is done conspicuously in red. That lies the running seconds hand, which IWC perhaps tries to distinguish so that users will not be confused with the two other sub-dials present on the watch.
The rhodium plating treatment, which is now included for the central chronograph hands as well, gives the watch a more refined and elegant feel to it. While it is subtle, it certainly enhances how one feels about this watch.