The IWC Pilot has always been an iconic watch for me and my Mark XV has been my old faithful not only because it was my first mechanical watch, but also my first "expensive" watch.
It is funny how things work out for the better. Back in 2004 when I was at the Penang Airport waiting for my flight back to Singapore when there was a flight delay - the original flight was to depart at 9pm but was delayed for 2 hours due to late incoming aircraft. Since I had 2 hours to while away, I walked to the Duty Free Watch counter and what did I see? The Mark XV...
It was a toss between the "newer" Spitfire model and the Mark XV. Having little knowledge then what the difference was, I ended up with the more "classic" looking of the two. And I still do not regret the choice - this one is still better for me.
This watch has been with me for already coming to ten years and is still looking good - never been for servicing and still as accurate as ever. So who says you need to service a watch every 3 years or so?