There are many brands in the world but minority of them are both classic and have great strength. IWC is one of those minority or one of the best, with reference to the techniques, brand culture and brand recognition. Every time we talk about IWC, Pilot series will come to my mind. That solid case and soldier discipline leave deep impression on us and today, we will brief on some outstanding military style watches.
We have to talk about Mark Seventeen when speaking of Pilot series. Back then, aviation was just beginning and was applied to the World War One. All pilots needed were the watches that worked precisely, low temperature resistance and anti-magnetic. In such a setting, IWC rolled out its first Pilot watch which satisfied the requirement. People called it Mark and then began the history of Mark. Then Mark Eleven was released on 1948-1984, then the improved Mark 12 was again released on 1994, next Mark twelve 1999. Although every one of them was the best at their own stage, now they have faded away.
Now the main Mark type is Mark 17 which was launched in 2012. It possess the quintessence of traditional Pilot, both in appearance and its functions. In the 2013, Mark 17 limited edition even had been a cult item among its fans, because of the blue delicate bezel and the a little small prince carving at the back of the case which bears special meanings.
Mark 17 is definitely a great choice but considering its limited edition, there may be rare and even none of them now, but IW326501, as an alternative choice, is equally well.
In 2003, IWC begins focusing on the Pilot series and its traditions. In 2007, TOPGUN Nvy Air Force become the classic type among the big Pilot series. TOP Gun come from the special course of navy combat plane training school. Finishing those courses will make a soldier a top pilot. What the TOP Gun pursued is the same values that IWC bears, thus naming after it.