As the name implies, the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is 3mm smaller than the classic Big Pilot – still not small by any means, but a much more accessible size for people with smaller wrists or simply for those looking for a more subtle watch diameter. This is a real game-changer and one that makes a hell of a lot of sense in 2021.
Not only has the Big Pilot shrunk a little, but its weight-loss regimen has also seen its date window and power reserve disappear, too, making it a time-only timepiece. This also allows the exceptional finishing of its dark blue and black dials to really ‘pop’. As IWC Creative Director Christian Knoop relates:
“With the Big Pilot’s Watch 43, we have returned to the extreme purity of the original observation watch designed more than 80 years ago and created a simple three-hand watch with no other elements on the dial. Despite its reduced size, the 43-millimetre case combines a bold look with great wearing comfort.”
But the case size isn’t the only exciting thing about the Big Pilot’s Watch 43. The watch now features IWC’s exceptional new EasX-CHANGE strap system, which enables wearers to quickly and easily change the strap and adapt the watch swiftly to different surroundings or activities.
For example, while the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 comes with either the Big Pilot’s famous four-rivet leather strap or a comfortable stainless steel bracelet as standard, the EasX-CHANGE system makes it a doddle to swap in a rubber strap if you were, say, going for a swim – something you can do with added confidence, too, seeing as a revised case construction has bumped the Big Pilot’s Watch 43’s water resistance up to 100m.