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IWC Mark XV

The now discontinued Mark XV pilot's watch by IWC embodies the connection between military and civil aviation and propelled the collection from the 20th into the 21st century.  More

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Sporty, elegant and unquestionably utilitarian – what was once an essential measuring instrument for navigation has meanwhile become nothing more than an accessory for men. The IWC Mark XV watches expand upon this look with a pinch of sophistication and deliver a noble timepiece that can also be worn when wearing a suit. Formerly chronometers, the models in the Mark XV Collection have maintained their practical design to this day and are still able to perform impeccably on the wrists of any flight crew. This is all possible thanks to their tidy, sleek design.

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Practical pilots watches from IWC


Designed as a navigation tool for pilots, the IWC Mark XV is different from the classic pilot's chronograph and is, in fact, a so-called Beobachtungsuhr (or chronometer) designed to facilitate navigation during flight. Accordingly, the Mark XV watches come with an uncluttered dial and a round stainless steel case in 36 mm and 38 mm sizes. The dial is either black, blue or white-silver and is entirely limited to the most practical aspects. Arabic hour markers complementing the stick indices additionally emphasize the timepiece's focus on functionality.

The technical features of the Mark XV are built upon IWC's reliable, automatic calibres equipped with a date complication at 3 o'clock. This reflects the military background of the pilot's watch and the philosophy that the essentials are the most important for a watch. Its calibre is the in-house 37524/30110 movement featuring 21 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 A/h and a 42-hour power reserve.


How much does a pre-owned IWC Mark XV cost?


Because the Mark XV is no longer in production, it is only possible to buy this classic IWC pilot's watch used. Let's take a moment to look at a few of the models and prices for pre-owned IWC Mark XV pilot's watches in more detail.

  • The IWC Mark XV (Ref. IW325301) has the nickname "Spitfire" making no secret of its military past. The model features a 39 mm stainless steel case on a stainless steel bracelet. The black dial comes with both Arabic numerals and stick indices and includes a date window at 3 o'clock. This used model from 2001 costs around €4,900 including the original box and accompanying papers.

  • The reference IW325302 would appear to be the same model as the aforementioned watch. However, these two references are different due to the case diameter. The IW325302 is 38 mm and slightly smaller than the IW325301. Apart from that, this Mark XV model also features a stainless steel case, steel bracelet, black dial and date window at 3 o'clock. Pre-owned models can be found available for around €4,000.

  • The IWC Pilot Mark XV (Ref. IW325313) features a 38 mm stainless steel case, silver dial and black leather strap. This timepiece also comes with Arabic numerals and a date window at 3 o'clock, and a precise, reliable automatic movement inside the wristwatch. This IWC Mark XV automatic watch has a price around €2,900.

  • The Mark XV (Ref. IW325314) pilot's watch is similar to the previous model, but does not come with a leather strap, instead opting for an uncompromising, robust metal bracelet, which fits comfortably on the wrist. With its modest, used price of around €3,500, this Mark XV looks even more attractive.

  • Thanks to its extremely clear black dial, 38 mm stainless steel case and stainless steel bracelet, the Mark XV (Ref. IW325307) seems to be an even more utilitarian reference, solely because the dark steel and black dial hearken back to the military past of the collection. For around €2,500, you can experience the charm of this Mark XV watch.

  • Thanks to luminous sword hands and an equally luminous arrow at the 12 o'clock position, the IWC Mark XV (Ref. IW325312) with its steel bracelet gives the collection a breath of fresh air. Thanks to its black dial, Arabic hour markers and 38 mm stainless steel case with a date window at 3 o'clock, this timepiece guarantees uncompromising functionality.

  • Visually, the same is true for the Pilot Mark XV IW325311. This model stands out with a certain elegance thanks to its leather strap, which enables the reference to fit a sporty, business-casual look. This reference is more of a tool watch than a dress watch, but this model nevertheless offers a degree of versatility.


The historical background of the collection


As humans began to explore the skies, the watch industry helped by providing durable and accurate measuring instruments. The International Watch Co. was one of the first companies which helped in this endeavour. The philosophy behind the pilot's watch was simple: a watch was designed to be robust and precise, easy-to-read and highly dependable. This concept was put into practice with the IWC Mark collection.

The series was launched in the 1930s with the IWC Mark IX and followed by the Mark X, which was part of the "Dirty Dozen" (the 12 military field watches from 12 Swiss watch brands that were commissioned to be manufactured by the British Ministry of Defence). IWC's Mark series continued to evolve until 1999 when the release of the Mark XV marked the transition between two centuries. Collectors and enthusiasts of the Mark series view and appreciate the Mark XV as a bridge between military and civil aviation.

It introduced not only the larger case, but the first, proprietary calibre in the Mark series. The previously employed Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre was dropped and replaced by an in-house movement. Moreover, with its successor in 2006, the Mark XV marked the end of the classic Mark design. As a result, IWC Mark XV watches are particularly interesting wristwatches for pilots, as well as watch collectors and enthusiasts and add a utilitarian highlight to any wrist or collection of timepieces.



Other collections by IWC


  • Probably the most famous collection from IWC has been part of every extensive collection of fine watches for decades. A relatively large wristwatch by comparison, the IWC Portuguese Chronograph sits presently on the wrist, but not at all obtrusive.

  • Named after the earthly counterpart of the Garden of Eden, the Italian seaport of Portofino, the IWC Portofino captures the charm and levity of the Ligurian fishing village bringing it to the wrist of its wearer. Take a look and experience its enchanting allure!

  • With the Ingenieur collection, IWC embraces and reinforces the cliché of the German obsession with engineering and technical detail. These watches are immaculately crafted timepieces of the highest standard that do credit to the "Made in Germany" label.

  • Schaffhausen and Zuffenhausen are the birthplaces of two icons. While IWC came to be in Schaffhausen, Zuffenhausen boasts the home of car manufacturer Porsche. These two industry giants were destined to collaborate at some time. With Porsche Design, the two brands cemented an amicable partnership featuring exclusive wristwatches that are hard to beat in terms of their avant-garde nature.

  • Conquer the seas and plunge into the waters without a care in the world. The Aquatimer will accompany you without hesitation. Whether as a three-hand model or a chronograph, this collection's sporty design is distinctive and will enhance any watch collection.


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