The Pilot’s Fake Watch Chronograph features a steel case that clocks in at a diameter of 43mm and a height of 15.3mm.Beating inside the watch is the IWC Caliber 79230, an automatic chronograph movement based on the ETA 7750, with a 44 hour power reserve, 25 jewels, and a frequency of 28,800 bph. On the dial are 3 registers displaying the running seconds, elapsed minutes tracked by the chronograph, and elapsed hours tracked by the chronograph.
In addition, the Cheap IWC Replica movement provides the wearer with both the day and date. The sub-registers are displayed in the usual style found on watches powered by a 7750 based movement, and it works really well here. Some also might bemoan the use of the day-date function, but I really dig it here—something about it meshes nicely with the dial’s aesthetic, and I greatly appreciate the functionality of the day-date complication. In classic IWC pilot watch fashion, the movement is encased in an iron cage to protect the movement from magnetization, and as a result, the caseback is solid. The IWC Replica Watch is water resistant to 60 meters, and as is expected at this price point, has a sapphire crystal.
In my opinion, the dial of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph is really stunning. Based on the “Fliegerchronograph” that IWC Replica produced over 20 years ago, the dial’s clean design is very reminiscent of pure tool watches. The white markers provide a nice contrast with the black dial, and the hands and lume plots at 12, 3, 6, and 9 are painted with beige faux-patina style lume. Faux-patina lume can sometimes be overdone, but it works well with the vintage style of this design. The squared-off hour hand and slightly pointed minute hand are similar to those found on older IWC fliegers, like the Mark 11, which I think is a good choice for this watch. Additionally, the subdials have a nice subtle radial texturing that provides a nice visual element to break up an otherwise smooth dial design.
Packaged with the IWC Knockoff Watch is its only strap: a green textile/NATO strap, and my feelings about this decision are a bit conflicted. The watch does look quite good on the strap in photos, and I’m sure the IWC NATO is high quality, but as someone who already owns a ton of NATO straps that I could easily put on any watch, I wish that IWC had chosen to include a nice leather strap as well. Finding a well-made leather strap that matches a specific watch can be difficult, while there are a variety of high quality NATO straps out there that individuals could source themselves.
The clean dial design, classic hands, and vintage atmosphere of this watch check a lot of boxes for me, and I’m sure that IWC Cheap Replica Watches will attract a large audience with this one, both to their online store and when it eventually hits brick-and-mortar shops.