A fleet of new arrivals is descending from the heavens to SIHH 2019, thanks to IWC Schaffhausen. In total they are releasing seven new models, but let’s focus in on a couple of pairs. For starts we can begin by zooming in on the simpler version: “Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire” and “Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire”.
These are the most basic options available in the 2019 Spitfire collection, which are intended to remain in production until further notice; unlike some of the more complicated models that are being released as uniquely numbered limited editions. As you can see this model is available in two different alloy options. But despite their identical size they seem quite distinct from one another, once placed side-by-side as we can see in the images bellow.
The 39mm is available in either stainless-steel with a steel case back or bronze with a titanium screw-on case back. Engraved on each of these case backs is the Spitfire airplane model, which this model line has been named after. IWC has added a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields.
It also comes equipped with a screw-in setting crown engraved with the IWC logo and a riveted circumference, for an easier reinforced grip. All topped by a convex sapphire glass with an antireflective coating on both sides. The glass has been secured against displacement by drop in air pressure. Water-resistance on these watches is capable of reaching up to 60 meters (196 feet).
Time is exhibited on either a black (steel version) or an olive green (bronze) dial with white Arabic numerals, followed by small white minute index markers and slightly thicker markers for every 5-mintue increment; except for the 12 o’clock position that features IWC’s iconic triangle with two dots marker. An inscription reading “SPITFIRE” in a red font can be seen on the lower-half of the dial on both versions of this watch.
The central dagger-style hands have on the green & bronze model are white; while the black & steel version have been colored with a faux-patina beige-like hue. But, in common both options have added a luminescent filling to their central hands, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a small white date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
IWC Pilot’s Automatic Spitfire
The “IWC Pilots Automatic Spitfire” (Ref#: IW326801 – Stainless Steel) is powered by the self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 32110 with 21 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72-hours, when fully wound. Mounted to this watch is a green textile strap with exposed matching stitches, while secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle.
MSRP: $4,350.00 USD (Stainless-Steel)
IWC Pilot’s Automatic Spitfire
The “IWC Pilots Automatic Spitfire” (Ref#: IW326802 – Bronze) is also powered by the self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 32110 with 21 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72-hours, when fully wound. Brown calfskin strap with exposed white stitching, while secured to the wrist by a bronze pin buckle.
MSRP: $4,900.00 USD (Bronze)
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