In a reference to the year in which the first ever Mark XI was produced,  IWC Schaffhausen have released 1,948 special edition Mark XVIII Pilot’s Watches.

This modern tribute to the classic Mark XI includes elements of the original watch, such as yellow “Balkenkreuz” insignia and baton hands, as well as the small triangles at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock.

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The hands are coated with luminescent material to ensure optimal legibility, even at night.

Also like the original from 1948, the functional sports watch is worn on a green textile strap, also known as a Nato strap.

A soft iron cage protects the automatic calibre from magnetic fields and the sapphire glass is secured against sudden drops in pressure in the cockpit.

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The 1948 model was produced in Schaffhausen from 1948 until the early 1980s, and primarily supplied to the Royal Air Force, but was also used by other Commonwealth armed forces.

In 1994, a subsequent civilian model – the Mark XII – started the enduring tradition of Mark Pilot’s Watches, which have long since been among the most popular watches manufactured by IWC Schaffhausen.

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This special edition will be available exclusively from Harrods in London for three months starting in July 2017. After this, it will be available for purchase in all IWC boutiques and authorized retailers.

The Mark XVIII Pilot’s Watch, £3,790, by IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN