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IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar & Chronograph Top Gun Miramar

IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar & Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Watch Releases

The IWC Miramar watch line is a fan favorite, named after the Naval Air Station where the TOPGUN pilots are trained. For SIHH 2016, the brand’s revamping of the Pilot Watch line also has brought some changes and a new watch to their Miramar line. And it’s definitely looking as if it’s for the better. We have the brand new IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar and the refreshed IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar.

IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar & Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Watch Releases

It’s been four years since the military-themed ceramic IWC Top Gun Miramar Chronograph took to the skies (more on that here), and in that time, some buyers have been muttering about a few grievances they have had with this otherwise generally liked lined. Namely, the altimeter-inspired triple date display and the “generous” sizing characteristic to the series. Fortunately, for 2016, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar has slimmed down to a 44mm case with a slick combined hour and minute totalizer at 12:00, and now uses a single-date window. As before, the chronograph is equipped with a titanium crown and pushers, along with IWC’s in-house manufactured 89361 calibre, with a flyback function and 68 hours of power reserve, which is fully shielded with a soft-iron inner cage for enhanced magnetic protection in the cockpit.

IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar & Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Watch Releases

But perhaps more exciting about the 2016 Top Gun squadron is its newest recruit: the all-new IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar, which pays homage to IWC’s Mark 11 from the 1940s with a classic observer “B-Uhr” style dial fitted to an all-new 41mm ceramic case. As IWC’s most entry-level ceramic offering, the Mark XVIII is fitted with many of the same features as its big brother, including the same titanium crown, 6-bar water resistance and soft-iron cage for anti-magnetic protection. It’s powered by IWC’s 30110-calibre movement, which is a subtly modified ETA 2892 with a 42-hour power reserve.

IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar & Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Watch Releases

In keeping with the Top Gun’s military theme, both watches will come standard on a sporty, drab olive green, embossed calfskin strap, paying homage to the original Mark 11, which IWC considers a worthy and handsome upgrade to the NATO straps of yesteryear. Price for the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar (Ref. IW324702) is $5,450 and price for the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar (Ref. IW389002) is $10,900. iwc.com

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  • It’s similar in shape to a lot of other watches eg, the Hamilton Khaki has a similar case. There seem to be a lot of “pilot” watches about but this one doesn’t have anything spectacular for use by pilots.

  • Sevenmack

    Oh boy, another cheap-looking flieger/pilot watch. Print a dial, Toss it in a dull case. Maybe add a chronograph function that few real-life pilots would use these days. Add a crown. Voila. Another watch that should cost $100 priced at Rolex levels. Yawn. You could easily get a Stuhrling Original with similar aesthetics for $90 on Overstock.

    IWC can — and should — do better.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    What’s the point of having the time twice …………………go figure.

    • iamcalledryan

      Are you referring to the chronograph register???

      • Raymond Wilkie

        No…… I refer to the Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar.

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          IT IS A CHRO-NO-GRAPH REG-IS-TER WITH A 60 MINUTE AND 12 HOUR DIALS/HANDS. IT IS OPERATED WITH THE TOP AND BOTTOM PUSHERS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE CROWN.

          Don’t worry, Raymond. I have been reading your posts and I don’t mind putting explanations in CAPS for you to help.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Let me just take a nice long inhale of breathe,…………Sir,,How very dare you talk to me in caps, if you were English i would slap your cheek with a leather glove and demand a duel. I MADE A MISTAKE……i looked before i commented and for that i will spend the evening flogging myself, would that appease you ? Who needs a chronograph anyway !

          • DanW94

            DON’T BE A F**KING DICK…..I PUT IT IN CAPS BECAUSE YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW HOW BIG A F**KING DICK YOU ARE……

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Such an outburst is quite unwarranted. You can say fuck here, we’re all adult although in some instances that has to be questioned. I would never stoop so low as to use such vulgar language in my conversation with anyone. Such language shows a certain ,……..breeding. Good day to you Sir.

          • DanW94

            I respect your position on the use of the language, but we are all adults here and in my estimation it was totally warranted.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I don’t think it was, and their it rests.

          • DanW94

            I responded to his condescending post that was clearly belittling. That’s douchebag behavior. I didn’t even fully spell out the vulgar language in my reply. I’m sorry if it offended your sensibilities.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Well, i do have quite a delicate imposition but you are pardoned. If you think ( and i dont think i was ) being condescending you were wrong. And most of my posts have been received favorably. Anyway, the matter rests.

          • DanW94

            Raymond,
            There appears to be a mix-up here….lol. My vulgar post was intended for Dinkee, H.O. who originally replied to your post. I never had any issue with any of your posts in this now confusing thread : )

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Easy done, no problem with me, happy posting my friend

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            How droll.

            Let’s confine ourselves to discussing the watch in question and perhaps correcting misconceptions about it, rather than name calling and swearing, DanW94.

          • DanW94

            Tell you what, you stop with the stale, tired game of feigned disdain and general disparagement towards other posters and I’ll cease the name calling. Otherwise, when you and I cross paths, calling out your juvenile behavior shall remain the order of the day.

        • iamcalledryan

          Yeah, there is a chronograph and a three handler, neither tell the time twice.

        • Stefan Pertz

          I don’t think the original question has been answered amidst all the swearing and name-calling. I would like to hear a sensible answer (Like I wanted to know why pilots watches have that tringle with the two dots. Yes, there is a reason…)

  • BNABOD

    a nice case finish for sure on the chrono, I always liked the dial colors for some reason (retro-military chic) but look the 2892 is no slouch but @ 10K (ok retail but not easy to get great discounts on IWC) it is imo a very aggressive price for what one gets. Paying for the brand is to a certain extend part of the watch collecting experience but it does not make it any easier to digest.

  • Questwatch

    Much better size and improved design, really like it. Chrono is in house and offers great value ( combined hour and minute counter and fly back), why didnt they go in house with the mark 18 ? Can ABTW ask in the IWC booth ? IWC did announce an entry level cal 42xxx a while back. Competion is closing in with Tudor etc. A 2k price tag difference is not worth the brand awarness in this range and will make buyers shift.

  • Dr. Dunghorse

    Another “Pilots” watch. Great….Maybe next they can produce a Star Wars watch with a light sabre minute hand or something. The watch itself price aside, is about as appealing as Rosie O’Donnell in a bathing suit.

  • Chaz

    Desperate times call for desperation…

  • word-merchant

    What they want you to think: “this is an actual facsimile of almost the actual watch worn by Ace Pilot Captain Biggleswade ‘Biggie’ Biggles, as he rid the skies of our hated enemies, timed each of his 104 perfect flights, and made the world a safe place for bankers, financiers and other fine folk. God bless you and your many pilots’ watches made just for pilots, Biggles, God bless you!”

    The reality: “craps, SIHH came around quickly, didn’t it… Ok, what to do!? Right – take all our old watches, and make them green looking. Perfect!”

  • Larry Holmack

    Well…I actually prefer the larger ceramic version…

  • Spalders

    Do us a favour… The Mk11 was a design that had its design origins in a British MOD design requirement. This is a good review.. https://monochrome-watches.com/the-auction-hammer-three-military-w-w-w-watches-from-iwc-and-record/ These watches use a B-Uhr type design.. that’s German.. https://monochrome-watches.com/the-history-of-the-pilot-watch-part-five-b-uhr/
    and therefore have nothing to do with the Mk 11…

  • Hmm… this dial looks like… my Seiko 5. Interesting.

  • Mark Miller

    I have to agree with @Robert_Byrd on this one. It does look a lot like my Seiko 5 Sports field watch. I also think that since IWC is marketing a “Top Gun” watch and that it is a tribute then they should get it right. NAS Miramar closed and is now a Marine Corps helicopter station. Top Gun moved over 10 years ago to NAS China Lake. If you are paying five to ten grand, then get it right.

  • James Havens

    I can agree with the general thought that we have BIG Swiss watch brands reaching for something new to offer. With this said, I don’t hear any owners here who are commenting on the watches themselves, just a thought that might add some value. I can attest that from homage watches, even replicas that I have handled fail in comparison to the infinite details that IWC dials into their pilot watch series, e.g. comfort, fit on the wrist, movement accuracy and over all fit and finish and quality of materials used. I own a Mark XVII and love the way it wears. Like they say, “opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and they usually stink”.

    • Stefan Pertz

      Thanks for this. It is what I am usually lacking in the “reviews”. There is a lot of details that are expanded from the simple facts in the IWC site, but no real reason why I would want to buy it (accuracy, look, how it feels).

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