IWC Pilot always attracts me by their military watch outlook. And among all Pilots watches, Mark series is the most popular. On our market, there are two main factories that are replicating IWC Mark watches, they are MK and V6. Maybe you have bought good quality ones from other small factories, but I have to say they are not in top quality, the best Mark series replicas must come from MK and V6. Actually one friend of mine introduced the Mark XVI replica made by MK factory before on his website at Susanwatches.ru. And now the watch has become a best seller once being introduced on his site. Besides Mark XVI, there are other models that are also perfectly cloned, including Mark XVIII and XVII. Today, I went to our watch market again, and found a new art work on the storefront of MK factory, it is IWC Mark XI, firstly I was attracted by its green nylon band. I love watches with nylon strap. When I checked it carefully, I found its dial design is distinctive, Mark XI has an unique dial that is different from other Mark models. And the green nylon band and unique dial design make Mark XI so special among those watches in MK factory store. So I borrowed this replica watch from the factory and took some photos to share with you guys.
Let us see the dial first. It is in black white white markers and printings. Hands are completely different other IWC Mark series’. Have you noticed the hour hand, it is reverse. Hour markers use Arabic numbers except a big triangle mark at 12 o’clock. Date window is set at 3 o’clock, on the left side of the 3:00 hour marker. The dial also has other subtle difference if you compare Mark XI and Mark XVII or XVIII. Green nylon band is also one highlight. Nylon strap is a great match for the watch, it is perfectly in line with the military theme of the watch. One pair of distressed leather band could also create such effect, but a modern alligator leather strap will not.
Case is made of 316L stainless steel and brushed. It is measured to be 40mm in diameter. From side view, the case has a nice arc degree, so this ensure the watch could fit your wrist perfectly. Crown uses screw-in construction like genuine and there are delicate engravings. On solid case back, there are six notches that are exclusive to IWC Mark series. Great polishing work you can see on the back. Opening the case back, you will find a soft iron cage that is antimagnetic between case back and movement, which is the same as genuine Mark XI. By the way, the bracelet is polished beautifully. The front face is brushed while its edges are polished. There are also “IWC” on the front and other engravings on back side. The buckle pin is polished. Now at last, the watch specification will be listed below:
Movement: Asian ETA 2892
Case: 40mm*11mm, Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
Crystal: Sapphire with Swiss Standard AR Coating
Bracelet: Green Nylon Strap with Tang Buckle
Water Resistant: 30m