Watch to Watch…

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Each month our publisher,  Nick Cooksey, reviews a watch from his personal collection. This month he talks about his IWC Mark XVl.

“The Mark is more than a watch; it is an homage to the tradition of fine Swiss watchmaking. The Mark is the ordinary watch par excellence’“- Michael Friedberg, moderator of IWC’s ‘in-house’ forum.

Two years ago I was wearing this watch when sitting next to a Saudi gentleman in Business Class on a flight from Dubai to Bahrain. He offered me $5,000 in cash for it – about $2,000 more than its value.  After confirming he was serious I politely refused his offer. I’m not averse to the odd trade, but a watch is personal – it touches the body. It travels with you and offers memories, good and bad.

I know many will not understand my reasoning to turn down such easy money, but the transaction just didn’t feel right even though I would have happily sold this watch, for less, to someone I knew and liked.

In the history of wristwatches, few designs have been more archetypal than IWC’s Mark series. They have remained in production from 1936 until today with only relatively minor changes.


The beauty of this watch is its simplicity. It sticks to the basics and doesn’t try too hard. It’s solidly made and has a soft-iron cage inside to protect the movement from magnetism, a traditional feature of pilot’s watches. The case measures 39 mm but looks bigger thanks to its narrow bezel. At only 11.5 mm thick Its slim enough to easily fit under cuffs and be worn as a dress watch.

It’s powered by the 21 jewel self-winding Caliber 30110 movement, one of the most reliable Swiss movements ever and has a 42 hour power reserve.

A nice touch is that the crown has a small fish emblem (to indicate water resistance) and Latin motto ‘Probus Scafusia’.

IWC watches are available in Bahrain at branches of Asia Jewelers.

Next month
I planned to review my Panerai 012 this issue but at the last moment when the time came to write I realized it might be more interesting to write a review + comparison of 2 Panerais. This involves a fair bit more work so I will set about writing it for next month’s issue.


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