IWC Big Pilot Ref. 5003 famed “turbine” luxury replica watch

The fundamentals of the Markus Bühler edition are simple – a gently-modified Unitas 6498 – but the look effectively conveys the purpose of design. With the “turbines” on the front and back, it is unmistakably a luxury pilot’s replica watch.

Its appeal lies in the fact that the design is straightforward and symmetrical, with minimal modification to the original Big Pilot dial, save for the seconds.

The “turbine” seconds is a distinctive, offbeat feature that proclaims it is a pilot’s watch, but in a reasonable and restrained manner. The Best replica watches sites to buy From USA turbine is not obvious at a distance, so avoids looking excessively pilot-y.

The movement within is indeed a low-cost Unitas, with minimal technical modification to boot.

It’s essentially a hand-wind, pocket-watch movement modified to incorporate turbine-shaped wheels on both the front and back, which replace the seconds hand and barrel ratchet wheel respectively.

To prevent the seconds indicator becoming a drag on the movement, it had to be as lightweight as possible. So the indicator was cast in aluminium, which is about a third as dense as stainless steel or bronze, the Exact replica watches conventional metals for hands.

The case dimensions are identical the first-generation Big Pilot ref. 5002, though its water resistance is 30 m compared to 60 m for the ref. 5002 because of the non-screw down crown, a necessary convenience since the movement is hand-wind.

It has long, prominent hour and minute marks that were shortened in later generations of the Big Pilot Replica Watches China, along with the triangle and twin dots at 12 o’clock.

But it is slightly fancier with applied hour markers replacing the printed markers of the standard dial. The applied markers echo the dial of the Big Pilot ref. 500202 in platinum.

The typography of the hour numerals is also slightly different, with the 1:1 replica watches Markus Bühler edition having a “closed” nine and wider kerning between the double-digit hours.