Growing up in the Midwest, I’ve seen my fair share of ammo cases. But nothing prepared me for the monstrous presentation box for my demonstration replica watch. This thing was about as impressive as a P-51 Mustang flying overhead at the Oshkosh Air Show. Inside the case was a blue-dialed BP43 with a choice of blue rubber strap, stainless steel bracelet, or blue calf leather strap. And since all are made to work with the EasX-CHANGE system, it is super easy to switch up your look.
The 43mm IWC Pilots BP43 replica watch is powered by IWC’s in-house 82100 calibre, which boasts 60 hours of power reserve and is finally viewable via a sapphire crystal caseback. For years, IWC hid their intricate and beautiful movements behind solid casebacks, and now thanks to the efforts of Christian Knoop, IWC’s Creative Director, movements are on full display.
Available with either a blue or black dial, the BP43 was inspired by 1940s military observation watches that were worn over a pilot or navigator’s thigh or flight gloves. IWC first introduced these oversized (supersized at the time) watches in the early 2000s as the Big Pilot’s Watch ref. 5002. New for 2021 is the continual refinement of the Big Pilot’s and the integration of various technical and aesthetical changes.
Unlike previous Big Pilot’s, the new high-end fake IWC watch doesn’t feature a date or power reserve indicator. The watch is clean and refined while remaining faithful to the original.
“The Big Pilot’s Watch perfectly embodies IWC’s extensive heritage and expertise in engineering rugged and reliable instruments tailored to meet the needs of elite aviators. It exemplifies how a purely functional design can transform into a cultural icon. Today, the Big Pilot’s Watch is not only one of the most recognizable watch designs in the world but also an expression of a certain character and mindset,” says Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
In The Metal
As you can see from Watchonista’s original images, the BP43 is well executed and finely finished. In-person, the 43mm case doesn’t wear as large as its specifications indicate. The watch wasn’t overpowering to wear on my relatively small wrists, yet it still had enough wrist presence and thickness (13.6mm) to carry itself as a luxury tool watch.
The oversized screw-down crown, a hallmark of the luxury copy IWC Big Pilot’s collection, felt sturdy and robust. The EasX-CHANGE system held up to multiple uses, and it was downright fun to change up the watch’s look in the span of just a few seconds.
I fully recognize this watch might not be for everyone. It is on the larger side of IWC’s Pilot’s watch collection, after all. And if it is not your cup of tea, there remains more than a few Pilot’s of multiple sizes, even going all the way down to 36mm. Yet if you are in the market for a faithful Pilot’s Watch, one that can be worn on many occasions, the BP43 fits the bill.
Pricing & Availability
The white Arabic numerals hour markers fake IWC Big Pilot’s Watch starts at $8,400 on a calfskin leather strap and tops out at $9,350 on a stainless steel bracelet. IWC also has a range of strap styles and materials available for purchase after you acquire your watch. Purchasing a new strap is just as easy as using the EasX-CHANGE system and can be done by visiting your nearest IWC boutique or the brand’s website.