Perhaps no brand is better known for their pilots’ watches than IWC. One of the pre-SIHH releases that got my attention was the the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph Men’s watch replica. This is a rather entertaining, useful, and approachable feature on a watch designed to simplify the jump from one timezone to another. Now, let’s take a closer look at it.
This IWC Pilot Automatic Chronograph IW395001 replica is 45mm wide with a steel case which, including the bezel, is some 16.5mm thick. With a solid caseback and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal (that is specially secured against rapid pressure decreases), the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph replica meets all of IWC’s requirements for a pilot’s watch and is water resistant to 60 meters.
Using a unique in-house movement, calibre 89760 with a connected bezel system, the IWC Pilot Timezoner Men’s watch replica has a 4hz movement that offers 68 hours of power reserve, a date at three, hours (max: 12) and minutes recorded on the sub dial at twelve, and a jumping hour travel function. The IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph replica not only features a unique way of changing timezones, it also uses a somewhat strange worldtime/GMT display that links the local 12-hour hand with the 24-hour hand (the one with the red tip). You can set and update the local time and its 24-hour display by turning the bezel.
So how does it actually function? The sprung bezel is captive, so it has to be depressed before it will spin (like on an IWC 3536). Press the bezel down and turn it in either direction to set the local and 24-hour hands backwards or forwards. If you cross the date line, the date will advance or retreat accordingly. With the watch set correctly, you can simply turn the bezel until your new local city is at twelve and the time will be updated to suit the new locale. Cities with daylight saving time have a small “s” position that will enable a summer setting to ensure the correct time is shown. The entire process is done without affecting the movement’s accuracy or halting the progress of the seconds or minute hand.
Jump-hour GMT’s are great for travel, and 2nd timezone GMT’s are great for quickly checking the time in another timezone (when making an international call, for example) but the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph can quickly show you both the local time and AM/PM in any timezone, and you don’t even have to do so much as touch the crown.
I am a huge fan of GMT watches, and the IWC Pilot Timezoner Men’s watch replica is one of the coolest iterations I’ve ever come across. While it’s hard to beat the functionality of a GMT chronograph, the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph replica’s impressive bezel design is a noteworthy and welcome step forward in terms of simplicity and ergonomics. The IWC Pilot Timezoner Chronograph replica carries a list price of $129 on atimes.co, the store is selling almost all model AAA grade 1 :1 cloned fake IWC watches.