Review by aBlogtoWatch reader and guest contributor Paul Piazza who purchased the Iwc Watches On …
The IWC Miramar watch line is a fan favorite, named after the Naval Air Station where the TOPGUN pilots are trained. For SIHH 2016, the brand’s revamping of the Pilot Watch line also has brought some changes and a new watch to their Miramar line. And it’s definitely looking as if it’s for the better. We have the brand new IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar and the refreshed IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar.
It’s been four years since the military-themed ceramic Iwc Watch 1963 Replica Top Gun Miramar Chronograph took to the skies (more on that here), and in that time, some buyers have been muttering about a few grievances they have had with this otherwise generally liked lined. Namely, the altimeter-inspired triple date display and the “generous” sizing characteristic to the series. Fortunately, for 2016, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar has slimmed down to a 44mm case with a slick combined hour and minute totalizer at 12:00, and now uses a single-date window. As before, the chronograph is equipped with a titanium crown and pushers, along with IWC’s in-house manufactured 89361 calibre, with a flyback function and 68 hours of power reserve, which is fully shielded with a soft-iron inner cage for enhanced magnetic protection in the cockpit.
It’s a little-known fact that prior to the Ingenieur premiered in 1955 IWC had generated some military pilot sequences with soft-iron cages so as to look after the moves from the ever stronger magnetic fields within the ever-more created and better-equipped cockpits of the 1940s. Ditching the pilot watch DNA the IWC Ingenieur was a handsome-looking dress watch designed more for – you guessed – engineers compared to pilots. The collection received its most notable overhaul in 1976 if Gerald Genta redesigned it but that’s another story.All this was to mention that matters are going back to basics in precisely the same manner as we found with all the old-new Da Vinci (hands-on): the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40mm, closest to the original among the four new models, offers a good conservative size (most notably the same as a Rolex Submariner) having an “IWC caliber 35111” beating indoors. The 35111 is a foundation Sellita SW300 which then is a ETA 2892 clone, which helps clarify some of the price gap between the Ingenieur Automatic and the Submariner. It runs in 4Hz and offers 42 hours of power reserve, making sure that it will not be a top pick for those looking for a more contemporary motion in this cost segment.The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph is essentially the non-limited re-release of past year’s small variations — references IW380802, IW380801, and IW380803 as noticed above. They’re a modest 42mm wide, clad in stainless steel or 18k red gold and sport what’s an ample 120m depth score. Interior is what we’re told to become an all-new movement known as the IWC Caliber 69375.
But perhaps more exciting about the 2016 Top Gun squadron is its newest recruit: the all-new IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar, which pays homage to IWC’s Mark 11 from the 1940s with a classic observer “B-Uhr” style dial fitted to an all-new 41mm ceramic case. As IWC’s most entry-level ceramic offering, the Mark XVIII is fitted with many of the same features as its big brother, including the same titanium crown, 6-bar water resistance and soft-iron cage for anti-magnetic protection. It’s powered by IWC’s 30110-calibre movement, which is a subtly modified ETA 2892 with a 42-hour power reserve.
In keeping with the Top Gun’s military theme, both watches will come standard on a sporty, drab olive green, embossed calfskin strap, paying homage to the original Mark 11, which Iwc Watches Edmonton Replica considers a worthy and handsome upgrade to the NATO straps of yesteryear. Price for the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar (Ref. IW324702) is $5,450 and price for the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar (Ref. IW389002) is $10,900. iwc.com