IWC – Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN – Series

by Admin on March 8, 2012

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IWC – Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN – Series

The IWC Big Pilot Watch TOP GUN comes in three distinct types, The standard (if you can call it that) The Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN (Ref. 501901), The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN (Ref. 388001) and the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN (Ref. 502902). The choice is yours…..

The Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN (Ref. 501901) combines the clear-cut instrument look of the 1940s with ultra-modern watch technology from the 21st century. Fully wound, the IWC-manufactured 51111-calibre movement consisting of 311 components will keep the movement running for 7 days. The Big Pilot’s Watch has entered the age of supersonic flight.

The ideal choice for complex airborne manoeuvres is the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN (Ref. 388001) with protection against magnetic fields and a glass secured against drops in pressure.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN is a chronograph with split-second accuracy is an indispensable item in any pilot’s watch collection. As only fitting, the movement that powers the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN was developed in-house. Following further development, the calibre-89365 chronograph movement now also features a 68-hour power reserve. A soft-iron inner case protects the precision movement against magnetism.

The dial is in the classic cockpit-style design, all the way down to the date display, which closely resembles an altimeter. Luminescent white hands and displays guarantee outstanding legibility, even when visibility is poor. The centralized stopwatch hand, whose signal red counterpoise is of the silhouette of a jet, shows recorded times in seconds, while the small white hand in the subdial at “12 o’clock” shows the number of elapsed minutes.

Thanks to the integrated flyback function, depressing the reset button returns the running stopwatch hand to zero and immediately starts recording another period of time. The small red seconds hand rotating at “6 o’clock” is an indication that the watch is running normally. It can be stopped as and when necessary for synchronization purposes. The 46-millimetre ceramic case is water-resistant to 6 bar and makes the watch particularly light. 

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN comes with a wealth of features that will send the adrenaline levels of watch lovers soaring. They include the IWC-manufactured 51614-calibre movement with high-performance Pellaton winding system that builds up a 7-day power reserve. This efficient movement drives multiple watchmaking complications.

Apart from displays for the date, day and month, the perpetual calendar has a four-digit year display that takes into account all the leap years in the Gregorian calendar until the year 2100. All these displays can be easily adjusted with the crown and advance automatically. The moon phase display represents the position of the moon in the northern and southern hemispheres.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN combines the classic instrument look with the sport-inspired design of the TOP GUN line. The ceramic case and titanium crown are further indications of IWC Schaffhausen’s innovative technology and a reminder that it discovered these materials for use in its products. This timepiece is one of the most complex pilot’s watches ever built.

 

Technical Information

The Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN (Ref. 501901)

 

Calibre – 51111

 Frequency – 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz

 Jewels – 42

 Power reserve – 168 h

 Winding – automatic

 Materials – ceramic case, black dial,

Strap – black soft strap, folding clasp in stainless steel, blasted

 Glass – sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides

Waterresistant – 6 bar

 Diameter – 48 mm

 Case height -15 mm

The Big Pilot’s Watch Chronographer TOP GUN (Ref. 388001)

Calibre – 89365

Jewels – 35

Power reserve – 68 h

Winding – Self winding

Materials – ceramic/titanium case, black dial,

Strap – black soft strap, folding clasp in stainless steel, blasted

Glass – sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides, Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure

Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields

Waterresistant – 6 bar

Diameter – 46 mm

Case height -16.5 mm

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN (Ref. 502902)

Calibre – 51614

Jewels – 62

Power reserve – 168 h (7 days)

Winding – Automatic

Materials – ceramic/titanium case, black dial,

Strap – black soft strap, folding clasp in stainless steel, blasted

Glass – sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides, Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure

Waterresistant – 6 bar

Diameter – 48 mm

Case height -16 mm

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