IWC Spitfire: Fabulous Flying Machines

Swiss brand IWC celebrate the mighty Spitfire fighter plane, which many historians argue was crucial in the Battle of Britain during the summer of 1940.

There’s a lot to be said for the Messerschmidt bf109 of course and the Me262 jet could well have turned the tide for the Nazi regime, had they been able to marshal enough resources to produce the high speed fighter in vast numbers. Probably too controversial to celebrate those brilliant aircraft nowadays by making a themed watch but NWC mag embraces all history. Otherwise how can you learn from it?

Anyway, what about the latest IWC watch? Here’s the word;

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire (Ref. IW329701) features a case, case back and crown made from lightweight and robust grade 5 titanium.

The dark grey matte colour results from an elaborate surface treatment in which the components are first polished and then sandblasted. The design of the black dial was inspired by historical observation watches. Only the minutes and seconds are printed in white on the outer ring, while the hours appear smaller and in a more discreet grey print on the inner ring.

Traditionally, this layout made it easier for pilots and navigators to read the minutes and seconds at just a glance. They needed this information to perform tasks like celestial navigation during visual flights. The distinctive field watch design is complemented with a brown calfskin leather strap with contrast stitching.

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire (Ref. IW329702) features a bronze case and crown as well as a titanium case back. Alongside copper, the bronze used by IWC also contains aluminium and iron.

This specific composition makes the alloy around 50 per cent harder than standard bronze. Additional characteristics include the material’s exceptional biocompatibility and its ability to develop a unique patina over time, which will give each timepiece a distinct character and look of its own.

The warm colour of the bronze harmonises with the military green dial and the gold-plated hands. Both the hands and hour markers have been coated with a luminescent material to facilitate readability at night. The timepiece is fitted with a green buffalo leather strap with a unique texture. The two new Spitfire models feature IWC’s EasXCHANGE system which allows the wearer to quickly and easily change the strap at the touch of a button without any additional tools.

Several alternative strap options made from calfskin and rubber are also available as accessories.

The model has the 82100 cal automatic movement and there’s an extended 6-year warranty available if you register the watch. We couldn’t spot a price on the IWC website but let’s take a guess at around £7600.

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