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Old 25 July 2017, 02:20 PM   #1
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IWC Mark XVIII Video Review

Hey guys to I posted my third video just now! It is a review of the IWC Mark XVIII. Let me know what you think. I hope the quality of the videos is getting better over time!


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Old 28 July 2017, 07:45 AM   #2
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Very nice. I like the Mark XVIII.
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Old 28 July 2017, 08:27 PM   #3
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Very nice. I like the Mark XVIII.

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Thanks for the video.
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Old 29 July 2017, 08:39 AM   #4
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Great review, really liking this piece! How's the lume?
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Old 13 August 2017, 02:17 AM   #5
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Loved my black one enough to buy the white one too. It's the perfect size.

Lume is just okay.
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Old 14 August 2017, 08:11 PM   #6
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Nicely done
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Old 15 August 2017, 07:07 AM   #7
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Thanks guys!
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Old 30 October 2017, 01:52 AM   #8
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Imo, you could have gotten a bit deeper into the topic.

Example: negative would be the very small amount of lume on the dial

You should also mention how intensively IWC modified the 2892-2calibre. Just wind the crown or listen to the rotor noise and you are getting an idea how much work went into making this calibre an IWC movement.
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Old 31 October 2017, 02:06 PM   #9
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What are the nature of the modifications to the ETA movement?
I agree a deployant clasp is far superior and should have been included as standard with this watch. Tang is fine, I guess.
I prefer the black dial version. What is the deal with the blue dial version?
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Old 31 October 2017, 03:30 PM   #10
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What are the nature of the modifications to the ETA movement?
I agree a deployant clasp is far superior and should have been included as standard with this watch. Tang is fine, I guess.
I prefer the black dial version. What is the deal with the blue dial version?
I am wondering the same thing. Here is a photo of the same calibre (IWC 30110)

They engrave the rotor. It also says "Adjusted to 5 positions" so it seems that they also regulate the timing

The blue dial (Le Petit Prince edition) is the same price as white/black and is not limited. The caseback has an image of Le Petit Prince instead of a WWII era plane. Strap is brown with white stitching, as opposed to black with black stitching.



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Old 31 October 2017, 03:57 PM   #11
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the blue sunburst is nice. it does lack a color-matched date wheel, which highlights the odd date placement

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Old 1 November 2017, 05:08 AM   #12
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What are the nature of the modifications to the ETA movement?
I don‘t have details, but if you wind up the IWC, it feels significantly smoher than a regular ETA powered watch. And as said , the rotor noise is different and much more silent and smooth.

So I assume, that IWC modifies the mainspring section and corresponding geartrain and at least the rotor bearrings.
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Old 6 November 2017, 11:16 AM   #13
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excellent review- love that watch
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Old 18 March 2018, 02:51 AM   #14
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Great video, thank you very much for your work.
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Old 15 April 2018, 10:55 PM   #15
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Nice video; well done. I have the blue dial mark XVIII, and I really like the legibility, the look, the dial contrast. I'm good with the white date wheel, and the white stitching on the strap. The strap overall is great quality. The dial could use more lume, not a deal breaker. I'm not sure how much better the dial would look with the date window closer to the 3 o'clock position. Probably better, like the Mark XVI. The ETA base movement is not a big deal to me at this price point. To me, this watch was a wearable compromise for the Big Pilot, a watch I've looked at for years. I can't get over the wearability of a big watch that sits that high on the wrist; cost and re-sale being another. I've always liked IWC; this is my 3rd one (Aquatimer 2000 and 3714 being the others). This felt like to next logical step, and the negatives are minimal - date window placement and lack of lume at all the hour hash marks.
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I really want to love it, but that date window should be a little more to the right.

I can't help but focus on it...
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Old 19 April 2018, 01:12 AM   #17
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I thought the mark 18 used a Sellita movement?
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Old 15 May 2018, 12:49 AM   #18
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lovely review. I think the black dial would by my choice.
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Old 15 May 2018, 10:13 PM   #19
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I thought the mark 18 used a Sellita movement?
All the originally launched Mark XVIII still come with the ETA (as they did when they were launched/designed). The new editions (tribute, heritage, etc) that launched afterwards come with the Sellita.
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Old 19 July 2018, 06:38 PM   #20
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Good review, and great follow up postings. The finer points on the movement, the date window placement, lume, all details I hadn’t considered. A very fine watch, like the blue dial.
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