More than 70 years after its maiden flight and 10 years after a greatly publicized relaunch, the Big Pilot’s Watch finally enters the jet age in 2012 thanks to the TOP GUN line.Watch TOP GUN Miramar reminds us of those magnificent men in their legendary flying suits.
Designed by IWC for professional pilots back in 1940, the Big Pilot’s Watch came with an original pocket watch movement and large central seconds. Together with the IWC Special Pilot’s Watch and the Mark 11, it established the cockpit-style design that has remained to this day. The black dial of the certified observer’s and deck watch came with a white chapter ring and arrowhead index at “12 o’clock”, striking luminescent hands and big luminescent numerals. Its legibility was exemplary.
In 2002, the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer IWC revived its own Big Pilot’s Watch heritage. The enormous timepiece created quite a stir, and unmistakably drew on its historic forebear with the 52 T. S. C. pocket watch calibre. Its classical design and the efficient movement with a 7-day power reserve and Pellaton automatic winding combine the tradition and innovation typical of IWC in the production of professional pilot’s watches.