The new Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar is inspired by the spirit of the first Top Gun flight school in Miramar, California. It also references IWC’s longstanding tradition in the manufacture of deck watches. The United States Navy Fighter Weapons School – the official title of the Top Gun flight training programme – was based in Miramar, California, from 1969 to 1996. In the eyes of aircraft enthusiasts all over the world, the small town about 30 kilometres north of San Diego, is the origin of the Top Gun legend. The new TOP GUN Miramar design line celebrates the historical legacy behind the Pilot’s Watches, but do not wish to forgo the technological advances of the 21st century.
The Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar (Ref. 501902) pays tribute to the original Marine Corps Top Gun flight school in Miramar, California. It was from here that the reputation of the ultra-cool elite pilots in their even cooler flight gear spread all over the world.
The new Miramar line picks up on elements of the military design. The shimmering metallic ceramic case and the anthracite coloured dial lean on the typical colour and material repertoire as do the hands and chapter ring in beige and the green textile strap.
The separate depiction of the minutes in the outer ring and the hours on a smaller inner ring is reminiscent of the deck watches of the 1930s and 1940s. Back then, the aircraft’s position and flight time were determined with the aid of octants and deck watches. The Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar is one of the very best of its kind. A claim underscored by the elaborate Top Gun engraving on the titanium case back.
Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar Ref. IW501902
Date display and power reserve display
Mechanical movement, Pellaton automatic winding
Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance
Frequency: 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
Power reserve: 168 h
Case, dial and strap
Polished ceramic case, anthracite-coloured dial, green textile strap, pin buckle in stainless steel, blasted
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 48 mm
Case height: 15 mm