The Spitfire, designed by Reginald J. Mitchell, is one of the most sophisticated developments in the history of aviation. The iconic shape of the legendary British fighter aircraft is the result of a perfectly functional design; its elliptical wings not only make the Spitfire extraordinarily agile and easy to maneuver, they also give it its unique silhouette. The characteristic instrument design of IWC’s Pilot’s Watches was likewise the result of engineering to the specific requirements of military aviation (please find more detailed information in a separate article). “Just like the Spitfire, our watch collection of the same name also perfectly combines form and function. The design is inspired by the puristic instrument design of the iconic Mark 11 navigation watch. This watch demonstrates our engineering expertise, as we have integrated high-quality IWC-manufactured calibers into all Spitfire models,” explains Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
All Spitfire Models With IWC-Manufactured Calibres
For the first time, IWC has integrated a chronograph movement from the 69000 caliber family into its pilot’s watches. The 69380 IWC-manufactured caliber powers two Spitfire chronographs with a reduced case diameter of 41 millimeters. Two high-quality automatic movements from the 82000 caliber family are also used in the pilot’s watches for the first time. Both have been enhanced with complications: The new 82760 IWC-manufactured calibers with the patented Timezoner mechanism, the new 82710 IWC-manufactured calibers with a UTC function. The reference with a perpetual calendar is powered by an IWC-manufactured movement from the 52000 caliber family. The IWC 52615 manufacture caliber has a Pellaton winding with ceramic components and two barrels. Finally, IWC has integrated an IWC-manufactured caliber from the 32000 caliber family for the first time: The 32110 IWC-manufactured caliber powers two Spitfire automatic watches. With their robustness and reliability, all IWC-manufactured movements embody the high level of engineering expertise at IWC.