IWC Pilot's Watch Chrono-Automatic Edition Top Gun - Built for Extreme Service

Nov 07, 2008
The IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Automatic Edition Top Gun follows the steps of the Double Chronograph model introduced in 2007. The both models entering the Edition Top Gun are best described as flight-qualified and extremely robust.

The Chrono-Automatic Edition Top Gun strikes by its extremely strong and masculine case construction. The case of the watch is crafted from ceramic, a high-tech material, tough, yet lightweight.

The convex sapphire glass is provided with antireflective coating, able to withstand a sudden drop in air pressure. The case is coupled with a lightweight soft nylon strap. It boasts 6-bar water-resistance.

The operating elements of the watch and the case back are crafted from matt grey titanium, one more advanced material.

The Top Gun logo is featured on the case back and the left side of the case.

The IWC pilot's watch is equipped with a mechanical high-precision movement, reliably protected against magnetic fields with help of the soft iron inner case. The mechanical chronograph movement - Calibre 79320 - offers aggregate time recording up to 12 hours, day and date display, and small seconds hand with stop function.

The movement, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, gives an advantage of a 44-hour power reserve.

The dial is characterized by perfect legibility. It has been created in an authentic cockpit design, featuring luminous white hands and indicators on a black background.

The dial sports two small, elements in distinctive red - the small seconds hand in a counter at 9 o'clock and the counterweight of the central seconds hand, shaped as a tiny jet fighter, the signature detail of the Edition Top Gun. At 3 o'clock, the dial showcases the day indicator and the date display suggested by the altimeter in the cockpit.

If compared to the Double Chronograph model, the Chrono-Automatic Edition Top Gun has no split-seconds hand and you will not see the third button at 10 o'clock for the split-seconds function.

In addition, the ceramic case of the IWC watch is smaller by two millimeters - now its measures 44mm in diameter.

The Top Gun pilots of the US Navy Fighter Weapons School in Fallon(Nevada), are considered to be the best in their field.

The United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, opened in 1969, was originally located in Miramar (California). The decision to establish the Top Gun course was suggested by insufficient air combat skills of the Navy's fighter pilots.

The course, specializing in dog-fights under realistic conditions in the air, is completed by the best-qualified combat pilots, and today it is officially called 'US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor' (SFTI).

The Top Gun concept has been enjoying great success and the best pilots of the US Air Force also complete the course to become true 'fighter pilots' who are the fastest-reacting and most audacious, true dog-fighters.



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