IWC fanboys (of which there are many) have a serious love affair with the Big Pilot replica watch family – and it is easy to see why with its large masculine looks and action-ready stance. I have checked out one of the new Big Pilot fake pieces that comes in an all ceramic case and is part of the Top Gun collection. The technical name of the watch is a bit grammatically and semantically confusing in English being the “Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun.”
The Big Pilot IWC replica watch is one of IWC’s staple, namely the reference 5009 which comes in a steel case and is a tad bit smaller at 46mm wide. For 2012 IWC released the reference 5019 (IW501901) Big Pilot as part of the Top Gun collection of copy watches. This 5019 version is a bit larger at 48mm wide, which as far as I can tell is due to the case itself being a bit broader on the sides. The dials of the two watches are very similar. One thing that a lot of fans like is the new ceramic case for the Big Pilot Swiss watch – which was previously more or less seen in the chronograph versions. The color is not really black, but closer to a dark gray and offered in a matte finish. It is so handsome in a military and the black look of the case match the dial very good.
Given the current limitations in machining ceramic cases it looks a bit more simple than a steel case. The case on the replica watch is also not entirely ceramic with the crown and caseback being in titanium. This has to do with the realities of machining ceramic which is not as precise as metal and more tricky. The large titanium crown is very nicely cut and the detailing is impressive. The crown is large and can stick into your wrist.
With 48mm wide in size with pronounced lugs this fake Swiss watch is very masculine. But its size is allitle big for someone.If you are sensitive about that type of thing then try before you buy with a Big Pilot to see how it looks on you.
The fake ceramic case is soft to the touch and feels to be a bit lighter than steel – or maybe that is just psychological. As a daily wear ,the Big Pilot Top Gun performs admirably in terms of comfort and fitting in with a lot of different types of attire.
One dial difference on the Top Gun version of the Big Pilot replica watch is the counterweight on the seconds hand which is a little red plane. A fun and appreciated detail. In terms of lume, the hands are slathered in it, but only hour markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock have applied lume.
Also on the dial is a nicely placed date window at 6 o’clock as well as a power reserve indicator in a slightly recessed window. Actually, the power reserve is longer at 8.5 days long.
Lastly,the Replica IWC Pilot Top Gun watch is water resistant to 60 meters and has a large AR coated sapphire crystal over the dial – that is slightly domed. Attached to the case is a black textile strap with a folding, tension locking deployant in titanium that looks really nice. Overall the Top Gun version is a handsome and sizable addition to the Big Pilot family.