IWC Features New TOP GUN and Spitfire Watches

IWC Schaffhausen will  present new TOP GUN and Spitfire  watches in the Pilot’s Watches collection.


To celebrate the unique engineering expertise of the designers of the legendary British fighter aircraft, all Spitfire watches feature IWC-manufactured calibres. The design is inspired by the puristic instrument design of the Mark 11. The iconic navigation watch was produced in Schaffhausen for the Royal Air Force from 1948 and was worn by many of the pilots and navigators serving at that time.


The design is inspired by the puristic instrument look of the iconic Mark 11 navigation watch. “This watch demonstrates our engineering expertise, as we have integrated high-quality IWC-manufactured calibres into all Spitfire models,” explains Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.



The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is the first pilot’s watch from IWC with a Ceratanium® case. The material developed by IWC is as lightweight and robust as titanium and at the same time as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic. IWC will also be presenting the first watch case made from sand-colored ceramic.


In the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium, all case components, including the chronograph push-buttons or the pin buckle, are made from Ceratanium®, giving the watch a completely jet black design. The double chronograph has an integrated split-seconds hand mechanism for simultaneously measuring two short periods of time. It is powered by the 79420 calibre with self-winding and boasts a power reserve of 44 hours.


The TOP GUN watches take their name from the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program in the U.S. Navy. This training program provides the best Navy pilots with flying and tactical training. 


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