Within the IWC replica watch industry—and even within pottery—it is common to see ceramic materials polished into a high gloss finish, but that isn’t so for this Swiss IWC Big Pilot’s Watch replica. The zirconium dioxide case has a hardness (i.e. scratch resistance) of 8.2 Mohs, which is four times as hard as the 6 Mohs of steel. This level of hardness requires a material even harder to cut and finish it, and that material is another ceramic: diamond.

IWC BIG PILOT'S WATCH TOP GUN IW5019

IWC BIG PILOT’S WATCH TOP GUN IW5019

The Pellaton winding system and seven day power reserve—as good as they are—all add extra weight.The lightness of the ceramic (and titanium) is very welcome, as the 48mm diameter, 15mm thick case would otherwise be noticeably weighty, especially with the calibre 51111 beating inside.

The result is a textured, bead-blasted surface that scatters light and leaves an industrially matte finish, perfect for a military inspired piece. Complex components like the crown, the threaded caseback and the clasp remain in titanium (something worth noting is that ceramic, like titanium, is inert and hypoallergenic), which breaks up the matte black finish carried over the rest of the mens fake IWC Big Pilot’s watch.

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