Arguably one of the longest curiosity arrangements of the SIHH 2019 line up has a place with IWC. 14 watches, all different pilot’s models. Every one of them come from the four assortments in the IWC’s Pilot’s family.

These are the Spitfire, TOP GUN, Le Petit Prince and Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. From time-just pieces to chronographs as far as possible up to tourbillons and unending schedules. Before the Geneva show, I previously investigated the Spitfire and TOP GUN models ( here ). Later Robert-Jan went involved with the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” . Today we will discuss a watch coming from the TOP GUN assortment. This piece is a mix of two things. We know the model as of now however this opportunity it comes with a turn. I’m discussing the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert”.

TOP GUN “Mojave Desert”

The TOP GUN assortment is important for IWC’s Pilot family for a very long time at this point. It was 2007 when the brand and the U.S. Naval force Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program went into joint effort, which brought about the principal TOP GUN models. Through this 12-year time frame, various variations came out with the primary common component being the dark instance of the watches. The dials may have been profound dull or matte dark with various tones on the records, however this “extraordinary” case tone consistently remained. It added to the TOP GUN feel, making the watches look more military-grade-esque. To proceed with this way in 2019 the fashioners in Schaffhausen put an extraordinary accentuation on the TOP GUN models’ case materials. Ceratanium for the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium and a sand-shading fired case for the “Mojave Desert” version. A case shading that is something IWC has not done before.

The top of the 2019 SIHH curiosities for the IWC TOP GUN line the Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium


Ceratanium is definitely not another material for IWC. The brand previously utilized this composite with their Aquatimer 50 years release back in 2017. Ceratanium is light and solid simply like titanium however scratch safe and hard like earthenware. The ideal mix of two effectively incredible materials, one would say. This year was the first run through a TOP GUN watch came out with a Ceratanium case. That watch was the top of the line being a double chronograph. Notwithstanding, IWC had something extraordinary for the “conventional” chronographs’ adaptation too. The two cases made of fired, one in dark as you’d expect and one in sand tone. As per the brand the motivation for this tone coming from the Mojave Desert, consequently the name, home of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. This is the biggest land territory of the U.S. Navy.

500 Pieces Only

Other than the shade of the artistic case the two watches are indistinguishable. Size-wise we are taking a gander at an astounding 44.5mm case that is 15.7mm thick. From the start, the case resembles it’s made if plastic. Like what model vehicles are made of, prior to painting. It’s even and matte. This is luckily exceptionally a long way from reality. The artistic case is tough and light. In the event that you contact it, you understand that this material isn’t plastic in any way. The screw-down crown and pusher are clearly not made of earthenware breaking the tedium of the sand tone. The “Mojave Desert’s” case back is titanium with the standard data on it. You can discover the water obstruction (6 bars) the model name and the restricted release number – the watch comes in just 500 pieces. In the focal point of the case, you have the logo of the U.S. Naval force Fighter Weapons School.

Flieger dial

When it comes to the dial, the IWC TOP GUN “Mojave Desert” doesn’t offer anything unprecedented. Other than an effectively clear, Flieger-type face in dull earthy colored tone. Enormous and thick files and numerals at consistently (other than 3-6-9-12) and the typical triangle with the 2 dabs at 12. Every one of them have Super-LumiNova cover in a beige shading that harmonies with the shading plan of the “Mojave Desert”. Because of the size of the watch the dial henceforth the great lucidness. The hands are likewise immense, blade type. They have a similar brilliant covering. Their tone is earthy colored too, to coordinate the remainder of the watch. You can discover the day-date window at 3 o’clock and the chronograph subdials just as the running seconds’ dial at 6-9-12. The brand and model name, IWC Schaffhausen TOP GUN, are above and underneath the day-date gap at 3 o’clock.

Caliber 69380

The development running inside the IWC TOP GUN “Mojave Desert” is the brand’s production type 69380. You locate a similar one in the dark TOP GUN variant (I advised you they’re indistinguishable) just as in a portion of the Spitfire Bronze or Steel models or the Ingenieur Chronograph. What we’re discussing is a self-winding, 33-gem development with 46 hours (at times IWC states that it’s 48 hours) of force hold and 28,800 Vph. The 69380 is the adaptation inside the 69-type arrangement that has the day-date highlight other than being a chronograph obviously. Worth referencing that the type has a hacking capacity. Implying that when you haul the crown out the second’s hand stop running, permitting you to put the watch down to the specific seconds. It’s a dependable type that is somewhat strong and utilized broadly in different IWC models as said above.


One thing that I have not referenced above when I discussed the case is that the IWC TOP GUN “Mojave Desert” has a delicate iron inward body of evidence that ought to ensure it against attractive fields also. As a genuine pilots’ apparatus watch, this capacity comes helpful in the cockpit. Just as the reality the precious stone is gotten against removal in case of an abrupt pressing factor drop. The lash that the watch comes on is comfortable (though it doesn’t appear as though that) sand hued nylon with delicate cowhide trim and deployant catch. One would need to pay €9.250,= to get an IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert”. Similarly as a comparison, the Swiss retail of the TOP GUN “Mojave Desert” is CHF8,900.= Swiss Francs while the time just TOP GUN Automatic is CHF6,100.= Swiss Francs. Very little distinction in value, a great deal in watches.

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