As a left-hander, I still wear my watch on the left, but there are many left-handers who prefer to wear their watch right-handed.

It’s fair to say among many Swiss brands, right handed watches are few and far between, but now IWC has stepped up to the presumably right-footed plate in what is a first for the Schaffhausen based company. Considering how many Big Pilot’s editions already exist, it’s surprising that this IWC Big Pilot’s ‘Right Hander’ Edition is the first pilot from the brand that is expressly designed for those who favor their watch wear to be on the right wrist.  Not before time too, because as it turns out up to 40% of airline pilots are left-handed, and prefer a right-handed watch.

The new Big Pilot’s ‘Right-Hander’ Edition takes inspiration from Caliber 52TSC from the 1940s. The 46.2mm size is reassuringly ample for those who seek out the Big Pilot’s edition from IWC. The design elements will also be familiar, with the same easy and clear to read cockpit instrumentation style layout on the dial. What is new is the positioning of the famous oversized Big Pilot’s onion crown, designed to be operable even with thick pilots’ gloves from days of old. On this right-hander edition, it’s located on the left-hand side of the case. This version is limited to 250 pieces, was explicitly designed to be worn on the right wrist and for left-handers is designed to be more practical to operate.

Under the hood, a soft-iron inner case protects the IWC-manufactured 52010 caliber from the detrimental effects of magnetic fields on the watch’s accuracy. The 52000 movement features twin barrels and they supply a ‘Big Pilot’ power reserve of no less than a 7-day power reserve. The automatic Pellaton winding movement has plenty of power to drive demands of the complications including the annual calendar and perpetual calendar. The strap is crafted in black calfskin leather.

IWC Big Pilot’s ‘Right-Hander’ Edition

The “Right-hander” is much more practical to operate for those who wear their watch on the right wrist. Given that almost 40 percent of pilots are thought to be left-handed, and therefore wear their watches on the right, it is perhaps a fitting development for this IWC line, which has such a rich history in the field of aviation.

The stainless-steel watch has a date display at 6 o’clock with two subdials. The hacking small seconds subdial is at 3 o’ clock while the 7-day power reserve indicator is at 9 o’clock. The whole display is protected by a glass secured against displacement by any sudden drop in air pressure, and the convex sapphire glass has an anti-reflective coating on both sides. The slate gray colored dial also features luminescent indices and hands with guaranteed optimum legibility, whether at night or in poor conditions of poor visibility.

Water-resistant to 60 meters, the IWC ‘Right Hander’ Edition will cost US$14,200 and is available from this month, August, at IWC Boutiques, authorized dealers, or via inquiries made to the website. There are also 3 months exclusivity in Australia and France.

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