he IWC Pilot series often referred to by the company as ‘Classics of the skies’ has a rich history with strong ties to civil aviation. First released in 1936, some of the classic IWC Pilots are still greatly coveted today. The IWC Pilot Spitfire collection for example, boasts of an array of watches which is dedicated to the iconic Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft of World War II.
Today, an authentic IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Watch retails between $3000-10,000 depending on the design; not exactly budget-friendly. With these price tags, access to these aforementioned watches is limited to a few.
There’s a reason why replica watches are hot stuff: At prices that are tiny fractions of those on the authentic watch, you can enjoy a timepiece that looks and feels close enough to the real thing.
With that being said, we have just the IWC replica watch for you.
The CUENA Chronograph Watch
Replicas should look well like the real thing but should also be far more affordable.
The Cuena Men’s Watch is a crafty replica of the IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph Watch that’s cheaper than most. With a $2 price tag on Wish, it is as cheap as replicas get.
The CUENA ‘Chronograph’ watch comes with a fake stainless case that is actually plastic and sports a dull finish that houses a black dial with mini chronograph dials. The dial creates a good contrast to the second, minute, and hour hands, and also includes chronograph markings with a complementary crown as well as two push-buttons on the side.
It sports a faux suede leather strap with a buckle closure and two strap guards to keep the strap held down. The strap also comes with a cardboard core and a two-colored design.
The CUENA ‘Chronograph watch is well designed and we really liked it for its low price tag. However, it betrays its cheapness in some of its flaws. First, the chronograph function on the watch is fake. The chronograph dials are just for aesthetics and are glued in place; the same for the fake push buttons on either side of the crown. If you are on the market for a watch with a real chronograph, then this isn’t it.
Secondly, like with most cheap watches, the movement is quite loud. The replica also feels lightweight and the faux suede on the strap may peel off with time. However, the CUENA replica is actually really comfortable to wear and comes with a simple classy design. For its price tag too, all its flaws are easily forgivable. While you won’t expect it to last through the years, you can take solace in the fact that it is a classic bracelet that actually tells the time.