IWC IW500916 Big Pilot "LE PETIT PRINCE" Blue Dial (28544)

28544 IWC IW500916 Big Pilot "LE PETIT PRINCE", 5009-16, 500916, stainless steel case on a Santoni calf strap with a deployant buckle, automatic IWC Caliber 51111 7-day movement, power reserve indicator, date at 6 o'clock, midnight blue dial with applied large luminous Arabic numerals, pilot style crown, center sweep seconds, sapphire crystal, case back depicting Little Prince "struggling against seeds of the baobab tree, size 46mm. Like New with original box, booklets, and warranty card dated October 2017.

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This is a stainless steel IWC Big Pilot "LE PETIT PRINCE" IW500916. It has a Santoni calfskin leather strap with a folding stainless steel deployment buckle, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings, and the glass is secured against displacement by drops in air pressure. It includes an inner soft iron case for protection against magnetic fields. It has a large pilot-style gem-shaped screw down winding crown, and a screw down solid case back with a center engraving of the Little Prince struggling against seeds of the baobab tree, and engraved with "IWC – EDITION PETIT PRINCE – 6 BAR," and a serial number. The 46mm diameter solid three-body case, downturned lugs, and flat angled bezel, are polished/brushed. The dial is midnight blue with large military-style luminous Arabic numeral hour markers, a white triangle at the 12 o'clock position, luminous baton indices, and there is a white luminous perimeter minute scale. A trapezoidal date aperture window is at the 6 o'clock position, and there is a recessed black subsidiary dial with white Arabic numerals and a luminous "spitfire" indicator hand. It has luminous spitfire hands, and a luminous center sweep second hand. It has a 7-day, 168-hour power reserve at full winding, and it's water resistant to 60 meters/200 feet. The 16mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

This IWC Big Pilot "LE PETIT PRINCE" IW500916 has a mechanical automatic winding caliber 5111 movement with the patented Pellaton winding system for the automatic bidirectional rotor. It includes a shock absorber mechanism, a straight-line lever escapement, a monometallic Glucydor beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms, and a Breguet self-compensating flat balance spring. It has an index regulator, and a central hacking seconds device. The mechanism oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz).

The IWC Big Pilot "LE PETIT PRINCE" IW500916 was introduced in 2017 in a limited edition of 1000 examples. It's the fourth IWC watch paying homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupery and his legendary book "Le Petit Prince."