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IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar 3880-02 Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com IWC pulls no punches when it builds an aviation tribute watch. The IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar is a celebration of more than the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School ("Top Gun"); this watch embodies a legacy of IWC pilot watches that spans over seventy years. IWC of Schaffhausen, Switzerland was building pilot's watches when ocean liners still were considered the fastest trans-oceanic transport for sane travelers. As far back as the 1930s with the "Pilot's Special" and the 1940s with its first military ("B-Uhr") wristwatch, IWC and aviation have been inextricably linked. In the 1990s, the German-Swiss watchmakers of IWC added high-tech ceramic to their pilot line with the extraordinary - and extraordinarily rare - reference 3705 ceramic Pilots Chronograph. The circa-2000s revival of the oversized "Big Pilot" watch style of the 1940s and link-up with the U.S Navy's flagship flight training program inaugurated the era of IWC "Top Gun" models that continues to this day. This Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar is notable because it embodies references to all of the above chapters in IWC's association with aviation. Dial calibration from the B-Uhr, ceramic from the 3705, the proportions of the IWC "Big Pilot" series, and copious "Top Gun" references complete the homage to Schaffhausen's heritage aloft. At 46mm in polished ceramic, the IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar is a sports model with modern proportions, a masculine wrist presence, and a handsome military-inspired color palette of subdued tones. Black, olive, tobacco, and vintage patina-style ecru dial graphics ensure that the composition remains internally coherent and consistent with the flightsuit-clad aesthetic that underpins the "Top Gun" theme. An aviation watch with marginal legibility just won't "fly," so IWC takes great care to provide high-contrast elements without disrupting the low-key color scheme of the Top Gun Miramar. Each element of the dial stands out from the tobacco metallic base, and the classical "cockpit instrument" calibration remains as clear today as it was upon its IWC debut in the early 1940s. A black date wheel which white text jumps to attention, and vast "kite" hands with black oxidized frames telegraph the time at a glance. Generous amounts of luminova ensure that all functions are legible at all times; no NVG equipment is required to use this pilot's watch. Inside the nearly scratch-proof polished ceramic case, and IWC in-house caliber 89365 keeps the beat at a 4hz (28,800 VpH) rate. Designed and released by IWC during the mid 2000s, this automatic movement features the company's pawl-based "Peleton" winding system, an efficient bi-directional mechanism unique to IWC since 1950. A superior power reserve of 68-hours ensure ample autonomy off of the wrist, and a flyback chronograph mechanism enables the user to stop, reset, and restart the stopwatch with the push of a single button; it's the ideal chronograph arrangement for timing aerial maneuvers. This IIWC Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar is named in honor of the 1969-1996 home of the "Top Gun" training program, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (formerly Naval Air Station Miramar). Although the dogfighters have moved to NAS Fallon in Nevada, their SoCal legacy lives in this IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar. See it with all IWC factory accessories in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.