Our companions over at Hodinkee have something cool to bring to the table today: an IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “HODINKEE”. A restricted release watch that IWC did along with the group at Hodinkee, in light of the well known Pilot’s watches from 1948 and onwards. Enlivened by the old, however unquestionably utilizing some lovely cool advancement: a case made of Ceratanium, a combination that is pretty much as light as titanium and as scratch-safe as ceramic.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “HODINKEE”

Limited to 500 pieces just, this IWC Mark XVIII Edition “Hodinkee” will tick a great deal of boxes for collectors of cool watches. Shouldn’t something be said about a 39mm case (not very large, not tiny), a dial without a date opening and the previously mentioned Ceratanium case, bringing about a matte dark tone. Indeed, even the pin buckle is made of this material, just as the crown and caseback.  On that caseback, you will have a special number of the watch engraved

Inside, you will discover IWC’s caliber 35100 development, in light of a Sellita self-winding development. It has 42 hours of force hold and ticks at 28,800vph.

This IWC Mark XVIII Edition “Hodinkee” reference IW324801 has a simple yet magnificent looking dark dial, with Arabic numerals and false patina glowing markers and hands. The tie that comes with this watch is a green embellished calfskin with a pin buckle.

Hodinkee would not be Hodinkee if there’s not more to it. On their committed page for this watch, they expound on reference 3705 from the mid-1990s. A chronograph Flieger watch that was dispatched in 1994 and available in fired. It is pleasantly sought-after collector’s thing and with their own Mark XVIII Edition “Hodinkee” they needed to make a similar look & feel of that unique 3705.

On the image on the right, you see the ceramic IWC Pilot’s Chronograph reference 3705 that was sold by Phillips (picture is likewise utilized from their bartering list). Compared to the IWC Mark XVIII Edition “Hodinkee”, the hands, markers and Arabic numerals, just as the case tone, are undoubtedly corresponding.

That watch, just 999 pieces delivered, has been superbly portrayed in and was as of late sold (November 2018) for $53,750.= USD. Beside the monetary outcome, this watch likewise had a place with IWC (and Lange’s) manager Günter Blümlein’s favourite pieces. To such an extent, that he additionally bought one for his better half to wear. As I would see it, I feel that – beside the way that the 3705 is a chronograph – Hodinkee did a decent recognition for both the first Mark arrangement and this artistic chrono from 1994.

Without needing to insult the IWC configuration group, I feel that without Hodinkee they wouldn’t have come up with something like this. It is ‘under the radar’ cool and that’s not something IWC is for the most part after, but rather Hodinkee is. In the event that this watch is too ‘underground’ for you yet love the case material and properties, let us recommend to investigate the new Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium that IWC presented a month ago. Maybe that one ticks your boxes.

IWC Pilot’s Double Chronograph IW371815 in Ceratanium

Hodinkee did a cool review about their new restricted version along with IWC, .

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “HODINKEE” can be requested as of now, by means of the Hodinkee shop. The cost is $6,400.= USD.