The stainless-steel case, water-resistant to 6 bar, has a diameter of 43 millimetres, which creates enough space to integrate the day and date displays into the dial. On the subdial at “9 o’clock”, a red seconds hand indicates that the watch is running normally and adds a colourful highlight to the dial. The slate-coloured, glistening metallic dial was chosen as a tribute to the grey fuselage of the plane that gave this watch its name. A soft-iron inner case protects the precision movement against magnetic fields, while the front glass is secured against displacement by sudden drops in pressure. The bezel on the stainless-steel case and two rows of links in the stainless-steel bracelet are mirror polished, which lends this watch a particularly high-quality feel.
For decades, IWC Schaffhausen has been taking the dream of flying as inspiration for the exquisite timepieces that make up the Pilot’s Watch collection. Over the years, the luxury watch manufacturer has taken design cues from various sources within the world of aviation, for example in 2003, when the first Pilot’s Watch Spitfire was launched. The model was named after the Supermarine Spitfire, the English fighter plane that featured exceptional aerodynamics and outstanding flying characteristics for its time. IWC’s Spitfire models combine technical brilliance with exceptional elegance. These watches come with the signature slate-coloured dial, which is exclusive to the Pilot’s Watch family and gives each timepiece a truly unique look. They also feature the finest case materials, such as mirror-polished stainless steel and solid 5N gold.