There is no rule of thumb regarding discontinued models. Most AD's will keep them and try to sell them. There are always people who would prefer an older model over the newer releases. In fact, that's what happened when IWC discontinued the 42 mm Ingenieur. People rushed out and bought all the remaining stock because they didn't like the new 46 mm case sizes.Does anyone know what will happen to stores still holding the old models?
Do these get sent back, or are the stockists likley to offer a deal on the old versions?
I'm not going to say you're wrong, but this has been a growing trend in watches for five years or more and it didn't start to my knowledge with pilot's watches.Not that this justifies it, but here is where the idea came from:
Well, one thing is for sure, I didn't make that up. That picture, with the red arrow and all, was posted by an official representative of IWC on their official forum back in 2006 when they introduced the ceramic doppel which, I believe, was the first IWC pilot's watch with the 3-date window. It is purportedly the instrument cluster from a Junkers JU-52, an example of which is sponsored by IWC.I'm not going to say you're wrong, but this has been a growing trend in watches for five years or more and it didn't start to my knowledge with pilot's watches.
Besides, the aperture on the aircraft gauge doesn't appear to show numerals, especially sequential numerals.
Whatever the reason, it's only one aspect of the new IWC pilot's watches that is just ghastly.