Allow me to begin by suggesting that how big this IWC Top Gun Replica helped me a little reluctant to try it out an astonishing 46mm diameter. Now, I'm in no way a little guy, but 46mm sounds huge. After obtaining the timepiece from Richemont in Amsterdam, I immediately attempted it on and even though that is certainly not really a small watch, it wears more sensible than I'd expected. In the intervening time, I've bought myself a 50mm watch and put on it a great deal, so specifications in writing regarding dimensions can be quite misleading. The great part around the size would be that the watch is super readable and legible. Although my eyes continue to be OK-ant, I'm putting on glasses every single day since annually approximately (before which i from time to time used them when driving my vehicle) and also the high contrast dial in conjunction with the dimensions helps make the IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Replica among the best readable chronographs I've ever attempted.
The situation consists of ceramics and superbly designed and handle. The influences from the earlier IWC Pilot Chronograph watches are clearly there but happen to be super-sized. It sits nicely around the wrist and appears - to tell the truth - costly. However I guess it is exactly what most purchasers of those watches expect so that it is.
The black soft strap the timepiece occurs is extremely comfortable and seems like top quality. Should i be not mistaken the strap I'd in my IWC Ingenieur 3227 a couple of years back is made of the similar material. Even though the 39mm IWC Pilot Chronograph reference 3707 I pointed out above also included metallic bracelet (optional), I usually considered the IWC Pilot's Top Gun Replica watches to belong on the leather strap, NATO strap or something like that such as the IWC soft strap. For me the stainless bracelet was beautiful, but possibly a little too "smooth" for any real tool watch such as the Pilot Chronograph. The soft strap posseses an IWC folding clasp that actually works perfectly.
When I already pointed out, the black dial and white-colored hands provide a great contrast. Time is readable under just about all conditions, which is the reason for an instrument - within this situation pilot's - watch. The dial lay-out is not the same as another IWC Pilot Chronographs, because this model uses the in-house IWC 89365 quality chronograph movement. What this means is the timepiece has two registers, situated at 12 and 6 o'clock. On 9 o'clock you will see the brand's emblem in white-colored as well as on 3 o'clock the three dates aperture. The big aperture isn't for everybody I've observed when studying some forum comments about this watch somewhere, and i'm still a little doubtful about this myself too, however when the big minute hands signifies fifteen minutes, you'll have the ability to read today's date by seeing the date before & after.
The dials at 12 and 6 o'clock have nice circular grain and also the small seconds hands continues to be full of red colorization. Both your hands are black, making certain our prime contrast.
IWC doesn't make use of a modified ETA 7750 of these watches, but an in-house developed 89365 chronograph movement rather. As you can tell around the dial, there's no hour counter so it's only minutes and seconds that may be measured. However, the timepiece does have a flyback function. Besides the normal start/stop and reset procedure, you may also rapidly restart the chronograph simply by pressing the low pusher at 4 o'clock. This protects the two of you pushes (stop and reset) if you want to restart the chronograph rapidly again. The self-winding movement includes a 68 hour power-reserve, so that you can use another watch on Saturday or sunday if you would like. Obviously, IWC chose to utilize a column wheel mechanism for his or her own in-house manufactured chronograph movement.