The IWC Pilot Mark XVIII replica is an extremely clean, unornamented watch, in the spirit of the most revered of the Marks: the XI and XII, and it represents some major (for the Mark series) changes from its predecessor, the Mark XVII. The “Spitfire” style hands are still there, but the altimeter-style date window’s been reduced to a single date. The triangle at 12:00 has been moved down slightly, though it’s still flanked by two dots (it was placed squarely at the 12:00 position in the Mark XVII) and the case dimensions have been reduced somewhat, from 41 mm in the XVII to 40 mm in the XVIII. At release, it’s also joined by an edition “Le Petit Prince” with a white date window, and sunray brushed blue dial, as well as a very endearing engraving of the little guy on the case back. More replica IWC Pilot watches.
The watch seems a simple enough proposition at first, and like the book, it can affect you in unexpected ways. Le Petit Prince shouldn’t reasonably seem so different from its more austere sibling, but the dial color and very slight change in the date window seem to make it almost an entirely different watch. I’d expected to vastly prefer the simpler version of the Mark XVIII to the Little Prince version but side by side, I found Le Petit Prince not only really appealing, but also in an almost totally different way than the regular edition.
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince Clone Watch – IW327014 – Blue Dial
Series IWC Pilot Clone Watches
Case Size 40 mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Dial Color Blue
Band Material Stainless Steel