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If there is one thing that the International Watch Company is known for, it’s an impressive devotion to the development and production of an outstanding pilot’s watch. Mark XI pilot’s watches are among some of the most sought after WWII mil-spec watches today, and for good reason. With incredible accuracy and incorporated anti-magnetic designs, these timepieces were an essential part of an aircraft’s kit, and are widely lauded for their service during combat raids and sorties.
Since WWII, IWC has maintained its focus on developing functional (as well as beautiful) timepieces for pilots, drawing on what has become an iconic style – clean matte black dials with bright, legible hour markers and hands doused in luminous material.
The Mark XVI is the direct descendent of the Mark XI and hallmarks of it can be seen throughout its design. But where other models, like the popular Mark XII, favored cases that were closer in styling to that of the WWII pieces, the Mark VXI is slightly different. With slightly longer, slimmer lugs and a thinner overall feel on the wrist, the Mark XVI has a more modern feel while retaining it's authentic DNA.
Adding to the modern feel of the piece is the slightly domed polarized crystal - a feature introduced to the line to help decrease glare and reflection in high-light settings. Still, with it's traditionally-styled dial and handset, the Mark XVI feels linked to IWC's long line of function-driven pilot's watches.
We don't always go for modern watches as we often feel they are overdesigned and oversized. But the MarkXVI Spitfire strikes us as a perfect every-day-wear IWC - it's got all the looks of its vintage brethren, a robust high-grade movement and a case that was designed to take a beating. All in all, its a great timepiece that we'd never shy away from strapping to our wrist.
Stainless Steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). IWC Ref. 3255-01. IWC 21-Jewel Automatic movement. Circa 1990s.
Overall Condition: The watch is in excellent condition over all, with only the slightest wear marks visible to the stainless steel case. Original IWC dial is in like-new condition with no dust or fading. Original luminous handset is in similarly excellent condition. Signed crown and screw case back.
Includes original 20mm black Croc-style strap with IWC buckle and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.
Also includes original warranty and instruction booklets and IWC Guarantee Card.