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Old 22 March 2018, 12:56 AM   #1
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Icon5 Big Pilot Decision

I am at a crossroads...

Do I task myself with tracking down an original 5002, or go with the newer 500912 or 501001? I know I want the number 9 on the face but that is all I have been able to commit to.

What would you choose??
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Old 22 March 2018, 03:04 PM   #2
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Pics of the watches proposed will help with opinions and discussions. Until then, let me google the reference numbers and come back
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Old 23 March 2018, 05:47 AM   #3
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I've been having the same debate. I have landed on the 5002 if a big pilot at all. Im starting to lean toward saving longer term for a Patek since I already have a sport watch, Submariner, that I love.

Once you decide on the 5002 you will then have to decide on the 5002 slow beat or the 5002 Transitional model (5002 with the 5004 movement). Decisions...decisions!
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Old 23 March 2018, 08:24 AM   #4
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I’d go for the least expensive one. I try not to make myself crazy about getting the most “collectable” variants, if it’s basically the same watch, which it is for the standard big pilot, I just get the cheapest one.
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Old 27 March 2018, 05:57 AM   #5
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To make the comparison more clear:

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Old 27 March 2018, 06:02 AM   #6
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I prefer the numerals on the 5002 dial myself.
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Old 27 March 2018, 06:06 AM   #7
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Pros for the 5002 in my book:
Numerals
White date wheel
Its the original BP
Brown buffalo strap

Pros for 500912
Arguably better movement
Ability to purchase new
Cleaner power reserve dial
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Old 27 March 2018, 08:46 AM   #8
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Pros for the 5002 in my book:
Numerals
White date wheel
Its the original BP
Brown buffalo strap

Pros for 500912
Arguably better movement
Ability to purchase new
Cleaner power reserve dial
I would add the seconds hand of the 5002 as a pro. The long, counter weighted hand is beautiful. I also like the 5002 power reserve better.
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Old 27 March 2018, 09:13 AM   #9
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IWC just released the 501001, it has a 4htz mvmt. The length of the seconds hand is long and you can more easily see the seconds tick with the 3htz mvmts. With a 4htz, its smooth as silk going around. I think this was a much needed upgrade. So put the 501001 in the camp with the 5009.

Pricing, the 5002 is around the same price as a mint cond 5009-501001. It really depends on what your after. I own a 5009 and I love it. Its really two different buyers when it comes down to it.

5002- Vintage feel, pilot to the bone
5009-501001- Modern, pilot with a little dressy touch

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Old 31 March 2018, 11:07 PM   #10
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500912 any day.
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Old 14 April 2018, 03:36 AM   #11
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The 500912 was the winner!

Pics forthcoming.....
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Old 14 April 2018, 12:10 PM   #12
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Nice! i have been in the same boat as well...looking at 5002 or 500916...or a 8 day panerai
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Old 19 April 2018, 07:32 PM   #13
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I have 5002 and no question it is 100% the best BP watch. Like it iconic look, the 9, the white date, without cutting 2/4, chapter ring dial...

All make a Big Pilot to be a Big Pilot.

For the movement, I prefer the slow beat one to add the vintage look of second hand moves!!

BP 5002 is just incredible!
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Old 19 April 2018, 07:50 PM   #14
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5002 all day long! I had the transitional model and it was one hot watch! The dial has such a vintage look to it and just surpasses the modern.
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Old 20 April 2018, 01:14 AM   #15
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i think i'd go with the 5009, is it just me or the dial looks cleaner
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Old 23 April 2018, 01:51 AM   #16
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I have the 500912. It's been my daily wearer. Love it!
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Old 23 April 2018, 02:34 AM   #17
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I also will go 5002
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Old 1 May 2018, 11:05 AM   #18
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5002 all day long! I had the transitional model and it was one hot watch! The dial has such a vintage look to it and just surpasses the modern.

Hey Ken,

I have a 5002 trans and love it. As you said, there is just something about the dial when viewed on the wrist. Itís too big for mine but I wear it anyway!

Do they still drive a decent premium over slow beats. Or have those days past?

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Old 16 May 2018, 10:23 PM   #19
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Hey Ken,

I have a 5002 trans and love it. As you said, there is just something about the dial when viewed on the wrist. Itís too big for mine but I wear it anyway!

Do they still drive a decent premium over slow beats. Or have those days past?

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Just curious.



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Interested in knowing this as well. Although I have not purchased anything yet, when I decided I wanted a 5002 I started searching for the transitional, but based on price versus the original I moved away from that. After more research I decided the original is what I would prefer.
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Old 16 May 2018, 10:28 PM   #20
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I am in the same boat and get more confused every day!

The Blue Petite Prince models are also wonderful.

Lately I have been eyeing the Bronze version with blue hands!!!!!!
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