A timepiece is still an essential piece of a pilot’s gear. This new Chronograph from IWC will withstand the brutality of a fighter jet.
IWC Schaffhausen complements its TOP GUN range of Pilot’s Watches with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “SFTI”.
IWC Pilot’s watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition in black Ceramic and Ceratanium is limited to 1500 pieces. It is made with extraordinarily robust materials to withstand the extreme strain that pilots experience in the cockpit of supersonic jets like the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
The new watch from IWC takes inspiration from the “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor” watch, which was created in 2018 in honor of the US Naval Aviation Community and is available only for TOPGUN graduates. Thanks to the combination of a black ceramic case with a Ceratanium case back and pushers, the sporty chronograph boasts a tactical, matte black design code. IWC is the only watchmaker to hold the license for the Top Gun name from the US Navy.
The first all-black model on a military green strap.
“From the day I started at IWC–October 2006, so 14 years ago–I was absolutely determined that we wanted to be a proper part of the Naval Aviation community and build a working relationship with those pilots who are the most qualified pilots in the world with the most flight experience on a day to day basis,” explained IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr.
Ticking away inside the sturdy case is the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre. The robust chronograph movement in classic column-wheel design ensures precise timekeeping and the measurement of stopwatch times of up to 12 hours. Another function is a date and weekday display. The sporty timepiece is fitted with a green textile strap.
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The TOP GUN line has been part of IWC’s Pilot’s Watch collection since 2007. In just over a decade, TOP GUN references have become a symbol of modern flight and “the need for speed”. Watch enthusiast Justin Hast and IWC Museum Curator Dr. David Seyffer take us on a high-altitude cruise through the history of the TOP GUN watch line in IWC youtube’s latest installment of “Time Flies”. Discover this adventurous journey and all technical details of the chosen timepieces presented with IWC’s two watch enthusiasts.