The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition DFB by IWC Schaffhausen was launched in 2008 on the occasion of Euro Cup. The Swiss manufactory supplied the official watch of the German national football team during Euro 2008. The production of this special edition watch was limited to 500 pieces only and intended to the fans of German football team .
The German footballers attended the European Cup with the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition DFB, a masculine timepiece with characteristics that could serve as the model for the team’s approach to the game. The double chronograph impressively combines dynamics, creativity, precision, robustness and reliability.
The two chronograph buttons permit the recording of aggregate times up to twelve hours, and the third button controls the split-seconds mechanism developed by IWC: It stops the split-seconds hand in order to measure an intermediate time within any one-minute period, and then it allows that hand to fly back and become synchronized with the running stop time.
IWC has modified the minute graduations especially for the DFB watch. An area marked out as a square indicates the passage of 45 minutes, the duration of one half of the game, and red numerals show any extra time. This totalizer is thus integrated harmoniously into the overall appearance of the dial, which is finished in the DFB team colours.
The dial’s background colour is white, corresponding to the home strip, while the numerals and the totalizer are black, like the players’ socks. The two red seconds hands and the yellow split-seconds hand complement the colour scheme. A black soft strap with anthracite- grey decorative stitching, which contributes to the watch’s overall elegance, ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist.
An engraving on the steel case back identifies the chronograph as the “Official Watch of the German National Football Team”. This inscription borders the relief DFB logo at the centre of the back. The serial number of the watch, which was limited to 500 copies, can also be found here. All the players on the European Cup squad had received a watch bearing their individual number on the back of their strip, and the first 50 watches were reserved exclusively for the DFB.
The other watches in this limited edition were intended for ambitious football fans who wish to demonstrate their support for the German national team on their wrist.