Presented at the SIHH 2016, all three models in the Top Gun line from IWC had undergone a few modifications. The new IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar ref. IW324702 features all these modifications making it ultra appealing. First, instead of a soft strap, the watch now features an embossed calfskin strap that looks like a nylon fabric strap in military green. Optically speaking, the change is virtually unnoticeable, but leather is considerably more robust and harder wearing. Second, the Top Gun logo is now engraved on the reverse side of the case of the Top Gun Miramar watches. This is much more discreet than the previous blue and red colored imprint. The mirror polished ceramic case is 41 mm in diameter and 11 mm in thickness, making it more wearable for those with slimmer wrists. This new watch at an entry level price point, brings the beauty and sophistication of ceramic at a very affordable level.
Fitted with an anthracite colored dial and cockpit-style design, the new IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar is simply a stunner. It is impossible to imagine the Pilot’s Watch squadron without the military-look of the new IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar, whose dial design was inspired by historic observer’s watches. This new watch, also features a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields, a screw-down crown and a convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, that has been secured against displacement by drop in air pressure. A perfect timepiece for fighter jet pilots, that happens to also be water resistant to 60 meters.
Supplied with an embossed black or green calfskin strap. Yes, that is calfskin and not fabric as most would've imagined. The strap is equipped with a nice bead blasted IWC folding buckle.
The Top Gun logo on the reverse side is now engraved on the case back and is considerably more understated than the color imprint.
On the wrist, the watch wears true to its size and really nice. The picture below shows the watch on our 7.25" wrist. The sporty military look of the new IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar is unparalleled and it's one of those watches that you can pair nicely with that old leather bomber jacket of yours, that you purchased back in 1986 when looking like Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun was the thing.
Sticker Price $5,400 USD. For more info on IWC click here.