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IWC Big Pilot's Watch 5009-06 "Father" Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/iwc The IWC Big Pilot's Watch 5009-06 "Father" is a 46mm stainless steel monument to more than paternal rites; it's a standout among the legendary IWC Big Pilot models. Launched solely for the 2012 models year and generally available exclusively as a pair with the Mark XVI Spitfire "Son" model, the IWC Big Pilot's Watch 5009-06 can be purchased from thewatchbox.com as a single item for those who prefer to "fly solo." At 46mm in diameter and 56mm lug-to-lug, the IWC Big Pilot's Watch 5009-06 lives up to its name. A spectacular dial with rhodium-plated metallic sunburst motif dominates the aesthetic of this special edition. The use of rhodium - generally reserved for movement components - on a dial creates a dramatic visual statement. Its blinding luster in direct light has the power and presence to make even diamond-studded gold Hublot Big Bangs pale by comparison. A power reserve gauge allows the wearer to monitor the state of the Big Pilot "Father's" 168-hour (seven day) power reserve, and the contrasting black date disc at six o'clock provides a convenient point of reference when writing letters or emails. IWC released the first "Father and Son" pilot's watch models in 2008 for its 140th anniversary jubilee. 2012 marked the Schaffhausen watchmaker's last official "year of the pilot's watch," and this IWC Big Pilot's Watch 5009 took up the mantle of fatherhood. Although not a numbered limited edition, the model's production rate was low, the production window was brief, and the new "Father" was available exclusively when purchased as a set with the son. Compared to the original IWC 5004 "Father" (Grandfather?) from 2008, the 2012 "Father" is more wearable and readable. First, the stainless steel 5009 is big but bearable; its 226-gram (over 1/2 pound!) platinum 5004 predecessor was more of a novelty item. Second, the blackened hands and calibrations of the 5009-06 dial provide superior contrast in any light. IWC sweetens the package around its signature "Big Daddy" with a rugged black alligator leather strap. The square-section gator band features the iconic IWC Big Pilot assembly "bolts" and a robust single-deployant steel clasp for to keep the Pilot safe from accidental "crash landings" when being donned or removed from the wrist. Inside the brushed stainless steel case, the IWC Big Pilot 5009 "Father" beats with the 3hz (21,600 VpH) cadence of the IWC 51111 automatic caliber. This robust timekeeper is the world's largest automatic wristwatch movement, and its feature list reads like a catalog of super premium watch tech; Breguet overcoil hairspring; free-sprung balance; 7-day power reserve and gauge; date; 42 jewels; circular cotes de Geneve finish on rotor and bridges; hacking seconds for precise synchronization to a reference clock. IWC completes this impressive package with its pawl-based Albert Pellaton winding mechanism. A mechanical icon since its 1950 debut, the latest refinement of the Pellaton system is shock-resistant, smooth, efficient, and more reliable than ever. See this 46mm stainless steel IWC Big Pilot's Watch 5009-06 "Father" in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.