In 2008, there is one small factory in our market replicated Big Pilot, but the watches they made were greatly different from original in detail and movement structure, even the power reserve is fault, after 7 years, a big factory named Z wanted to replicate the Big Pilot, and they built this Le Petit Prince special edition, the dial and movement were improved, power reserve display is also real, the power reserve was increased from previous 42 hours to 120 hours. Today, I am going to introduce one of the Big Pilot replica which Z factory has made in recent days, it is the Le Petit Prince IW500908 replica, blue dial version with brown leather strap.
The replica features a 46mm stainless steel case, which looks very large especially its dial. The case is brushed while the round bezel is smooth polished. With a large onion-shaped crown, it is very easy to pull it out to adjust time and date. The crown is an iconic feature of IWC Big Pilot. The bezel, case and lugs are made of one-piece stainless steel, on the solid case back, a Le Petit Prince pattern is engraved, there are also other information engraved on the back, including water resistance depth and limited quantity. You can clearly see all lugs are well polished in each corner, two brown leather straps are connected to case through pins that are fixed by screws. The replica should have a good water resistance performance, the Z maker said it was tested in factory and could be 50m waterproof at least.
Blue sunburst dial attracts you most, all classic features of Big Pilot are displayed on it, big hour markers, including the triangle at 12, are all applied quality and durable luminous material, check the dial lume photo, hour markers emit dark blue light, hour and minute hands as well as power reserve indicating hand at 3 are emitting light blue lume, any way, the replica has the correct dial lume, it is 100% the same as genuine. The subdial at 3 o’clock is for power reserve display, it works like genuine and could show you the remaining power of the watch, after fully winding the replica, it could continuously work for at least 5 days, not really 7 days, because there are currently no replica watches could serve you 7-day power reserve except it is equipped with two barrels like PAM 441.
The strap on the replica is genuine brown leather, it is soft and feels comfortalbe, each strap has two round studs on the end that connects the case, this is a special feature on Big Pilot watches. The strap is fitted with a high quality deployant clasp, polished stainless steel clasp has correct engraving. The replica is great for Pilot watch fans to collect, it is also suitable for men to wear with business shirts.
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