The Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Digital DateMonth Spitfire (Ref. IW379108) in stainless steel remains a mainstay of the Pilot’s Watch collection from IWC Schaffhausen for 2016. The slate-coloured dial with its metallic shimmer and sun-pattern finish provides a striking contrast to the new brown calfskin strap by Santoni, which comes with the typical orange leather lining found on the inside of the wristband.
One of IWC’s most outstanding innovations in the field of timekeeping is undoubtedly the analogue display of stopped times between 1 minute and 12 hours: they are shown together on a single subdial at “12 o’clock”, where they can be read off just like the normal time of day. Stopped times up to 60 seconds are shown, as usual, by the central chronograph hand. Thanks to the flyback function, the chronograph can be reset to zero without having to be stopped first. To turn this innovative watch-within-a-watch into reality, the designers integrated a double-pawl winding mechanism into the IWC-manufactured 89801 calibre. The movement consists of 474 components and builds up a power reserve of 68 hours.
Model: Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Spitfire
Large double-digit displays for both the date and month
Leap year display
Stopwatch with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a single totalizer at “12 o’clock”
Small hacking seconds
IWC-manufactured calibre 89801 Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Power reserve: 68 h
Rotor in the shape of a Spitfire
Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case, slate-coloured dial, brown calfskin strap by Santoni, stainless-steel folding clasp
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire-glass back
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