IWC Mk XVIII: The modern minimalist watch.

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IWC Mk XVIII: The modern minimalist watch.

Post by sierra11b » Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:23 am

Hodinkee got this one wrong out of the gate with this being the Selitta which stirred-up a little controversy on the evolution of the "pure breed" Mark line... this 40mm offering is the 2892-A2 (IWC cal. 30110) and the 36mm pilot is the Selitta. Not to say the Selitta is inferior as it packs +4 jewels, but it's nice to have the proven workhorse movement under the hood for a number of reasons, especially considering it goes back to the MK XV which is the most modern version in overall aesthetics to the original WWWs. I realize it's subjective, but I was reluctant in giving Sellita a chance as an old-school ETA fan over the years.. A personal mental block in taking on that evolution just yet. :shrug:

Now, not sure what that all says about the date window placement being slightly to the left, which brought the Selitta usage into question from the start, but when you wear the watch it doesn't matter a bit, and dare I say it, works great! If you're that guy that cannot get past the date window being a millimeter or so to the left, then this isn't your watch. But if you look at it as a study in new date window placement, then it's a welcome adjustment that just works after an a minute of staring. Plus, as we ALL know, when looking at macro shots of new watches, we're often put off by them and overly critical (Pelagos V.2.0 anyone?), until we see it in the flesh (at 40mm in this case).

Might I add, too, that I've owned two other 2892-A2s over the years and must say that while they both wound buttery smooth, there must be angels massaging the movement on every wind here. Impressive.

This is my first IWC so talking about the bracelet and clasp may be old news to many, but having dabbled in everything from the SD4000 (glidelock), Easy link (216570, 116710), wanting so much more in GS bracelets, and desperately wanting that old SJ 16710 feel back, I have to concede to IWC being the bracelet king at this price point. The quick release link adjustment is ingenious and their push-button clasp adjustment sits somewhere comfortably between the easy link and glidelock.

I will also say that the endlink-to-case tolerances may be the tightest I've ever experienced. It's like wearing the equivalent of feeling that precise power-steering in a fine modern sports car around the track which you swore was made from a solid CNC'd billet of german steel. It's that solid.

So much legibility, low-profile comfort, impeccable finishing, heritage, and the perfect timeless size. Total winner if you're tired of the big watch craze! I am smitten... :love:

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Post by mikeylacroix » Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:52 am

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Post by blkgsl » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:01 am

I love this watch. Like I said earlier, great pickup and so happy for u !


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Post by Americandave » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:47 am

I've always thought of IWC as a sleeper watch. They have impeccable fit and finish and the designs are just timeless. But they aren't in your face like other brands.

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Post by dukerules » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:05 am

Badass. One of the few watches IWC has gotten right in the last few years.

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Post by JP Chestnut » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:08 am

Americandave wrote:I've always thought of IWC as a sleeper watch. They have impeccable fit and finish and the designs are just timeless. But they aren't in your face like other brands.
Timeless isn't the first thing I think of when looking at most of their watches. I think going with a new watch was the right call.

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Post by jimyritz » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:29 am

dukerules wrote:Badass. One of the few watches IWC has gotten right in the last few years.
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+1....that bracelet is awesome.. :thumbsup:

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Post by rockmastermike » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:52 am

Live that bracelet and just about everything else about that watch!
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Post by Americandave » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:17 am

JP Chestnut wrote:
Americandave wrote:I've always thought of IWC as a sleeper watch. They have impeccable fit and finish and the designs are just timeless. But they aren't in your face like other brands.
Timeless isn't the first thing I think of when looking at most of their watches. I think going with a new watch was the right call.

I was thinking mainly of their chronos - the spitfires were a sweet series.

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Post by unixshrk » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:22 am

That's a great looking watch.

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Post by matt.wu » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:04 pm

Classic watch. Nice!
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Post by marchone » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:15 pm

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Post by craniotes » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:08 pm

The new Mark XVIII gets so much right; they really are a fantastic return to form for a brand that that seems to have been losing its way in recent years. In fact, I find most of the updated Pilot's collection to be an improvement.

Anyway, enjoy your new watch; I know I'm enjoying mine:
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Post by BBK357 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:12 pm

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Post by sierra11b » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:19 pm

I'd love to get the silver dial someday years from now if/when prices come down, but as it stands the black on bracelet is wonderful.

It's strange... If I had to recommend one watch at an $8k budget it would be the SD4000, which is a big flip regret for me. This watch somehow clicks most the same buttons that watch did even though they're totally different styles.

Now, if I had to recommend two watches at that budget it'd be the this and the speedy pro, but if I were faced with someone wanting a different colored dial I might recommended both the black and silver... Love the petit prince but its white date puts the silver ahead.

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Post by cdnwatchguy » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:50 am

That's a beauty. And...that bracelet. :love:
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Post by bpax » Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:33 pm

Love, love, love. Congrats!

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Post by toxicavenger » Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:31 pm

Super sweet Eric!

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Post by Joe C » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:04 am

Love it :cheers:
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