The Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Muhammad Ali was launched in 2012 on the occasion of grand opening of IWC’s Flagship Boutique in New York City. Limited to 250 pieces, this exclusive edition pays tribute to the legendary Muhammad Ali, who has gained global acclaim for his amazing career and lifetime achievements both in and outside the ring.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Muhammad Ali is modelled unmistakably on an IWC legend: the historic Big Pilot’s Watch of 1940. The clearly organized matte-black dial, the arrowhead index at “12o’clock” and the bold, luminescent numerals and hands guarantee minute-perfect legibility of the time, regardless of the light.
As IWC’s Flagship Boutique in New York City Opened with a Knockout Watch Launch a reference to The GreatestTM*, who often wore red boxing gloves for his fights, hands and appliqués are highlighted with signal-red SuperLumiNova®**, which gives the watch a unique, sporty, and distinctly masculine look. Red is also mirrored on the inside of the black alligator leather strap.
The case back bears the official logo of Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday. Prior to opening og the New York boutique, IWC also auctioned off a unique version of this exclusive edition on behalf of Celebrity Fight Night, donating the entire proceeds to the Muhammad Ali Center. To underline their common intentions, a part of the proceeds from sales of the limited edition was used to support the Sportsman of the Century’s charitable causes.
The exclusive watch was sold in an impressive package – together with the monumental tome “GOAT – Greatest of All Time.” Weighing 75 pounds and measuring 20320 inches, with over 3,000 illustrations by more than 150 photographers and artists, the book is a celebration of Muhammad Ali’s life.
Model: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Muhammad Ali (Ref. IW500433)
Limitation: 250 pieces
Caliber 51111 Automatic
Mechanical movement, Pellaton automatic winding, date display, power reserve display, central hacking seconds, Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance, Breguet spring
Frequency: 21,600A/h / 3Hz
Power reserve: 7days (168 h)
Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case, matte-black dial, hands and appliqués highlighted with signal-red Super LumiNova®, black alligator leather strap with red inner lining, folding clasp in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Screw-in crown, glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
Back: stainless steel, special back engraving including official Muhammad Ali logo
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Case height: 16mm