Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen is launching a special edition Big Pilot’s Watch dubbed “Mission Accomplished” which celebrates the record-setting 43,000-kilometre around the world journey completed in the beautifully restored Silver Spitfire aircraft.
The Mission Accomplished version of the Big Pilot’s Watch in the Spitfire design has a green dial, gold plated hands and a case made of bronze; a material that develops a unique patina over time. An engraving on the case back commemorates the successful completion of the Silver Spitfire globetrotting trip which IWC supported as the official timekeeper. This stylish piece is limited to 500 examples.
The Big Pilot’s Watch “Mission Accomplished” features a minimal design within a 46.2mm case, a double date ring at 12 o’clock and a seconds hand at 6 o’clock. The hand-wound, IWC 59235 calibre movement offers a power reserve of eight days with an indicator visible through the titanium case back alerting you to the remaining power.
A soft-iron inner cage protects the movement from the effects of magnetic fields, and the front sapphire crystal is specially secured against any sudden drop of air pressure should you actually wear the pilot’s watch in the cockpit. You can also venture below the surface because this piece is water-resistant to a depth of 60 metres. The strap is made from brown calfskin leather.
The Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II.
On August 5, 2019, pilots Steve Brooks and Matt Jones took off from the Goodwood Aerodrome in the south of England in a beautifully restored “Silver Spitfire” for what became a four-month, 43,000km flight around the world that made stops in over 20 countries and earned a record for the longest flight.
For more info on the Mission Accomplished Silver Spitfire-inspired watch, head over to the IWC website linked below.