IWC’s U.S. Navy-approved Pilot’s Watch Chronograph family is getting a new standard reference with a striking black dial.
Many of IWC’s Pilot’s Watches are trusted by aviators, but a special edition of the chronograph variant tied to 2022’s Top Gun: Maverick has been heralded by Captain Jim “Guido” DiMatteo, a former TOPGUN Commander who spent nearly 30 years flying fighter jets for the U.S. Navy.
“Robust and durable, it easily handles everything from being smacked against the inside of the cockpit during a dogfight to dramatic pressure changes, sustained G-forces, and even the intense accelerations and decelerations of catapult launches and arrested landings on aircraft carriers,” DiMatteo said in Rizzoli’s Air Time: Watches Inspired by Aviation, Aeronautics and Pilots, previously spotlighted in Maxim.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 shares almost identical DNA, including an IWC-manufactured, 231-part mechanical movement, which is visible through the sapphire glass case back and offers 46 hours of power reserve.
The 41mm dial is designed in the style of aviation instruments, with easy-to-read indicators like the stopped minutes at 12 o’clock, the minutes at 9 o’clock, the day/date aperture at 3 o’clock and small seconds display at 6 o’clock.
Available with either a black calfskin strap or a dressier five-link stainless steel bracelet, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 black dial is available to purchase from $7,600.