IWC has been constantly launching new products recently. Some time ago, it launched two new large pilot watches in 43mm styles for the pilot sub-series Spitfire, made of titanium and bronze respectively. In fact, when IWC launched the first 43mm Dafei earlier, I talked to watch friends that the brand would definitely work hard on applying its mature material technology and functionality to further improve this style.
The Spitfire Fighter, as a sub-series of pilot watches, draws its design inspiration from the legendary World War II-era British Royal Air Force aircraft, the Spitfire Fighter. In comparison to other series, this collection exudes a stronger retro vibe, often featuring straightforward stainless steel cases paired with black or silver dials. Alternatively, it incorporates bronze material with military green dials, capturing the essence of vintage aviation aesthetics.
Speaking of new watches, this new product uses grade 5 titanium to make the case. The diameter of the watch is 43 mm and the thickness is 14.4 mm. IWC has sandblasted the titanium metal, and the overall dark gray matte effect is quite delicate. of. Watch friends are also very familiar with the advantages of titanium metal. It is both tough and elastic, light and flexible, about one-third lighter than traditional steel, and titanium metal also has good corrosion resistance and skin-friendly properties. and anti-allergenic. For this watch, this is not only the first time that the 43mm Xiao Da Fei has used titanium, but it is also the first time that the Spitfire series has used this material. In the past, titanium from IWC would only often appear in some heritage watches, or in early models. Engineers and Mark XVIII styles.
The other side of the watch is equipped with a large conical onion crown. The large crown is also the essence of Dafei’s design. It is specially designed to facilitate pilots to adjust when wearing gloves. This design is also retained in the 43mm Dafei. The crown can also provide a good adjustment feel in daily life. Thanks to changes in the case structure, the overall waterproof performance of the watch has been upgraded to 100 meters.
The dial of this titanium style is also one of the design highlights. We see that it adopts a design with an outer second minute circle and an inner hour circle. This design is inspired by the B-Uhr observation watch made for the German army during World War II. B- Uhr can be roughly divided into two design types. One is the Yuanzu Dafei 52 T.S.C. dial without an inner scale ring, and the other is the new model introduced today with an inner ring. Of course, no matter which design, the purpose is to This allows pilots to quickly read the time information on the disk with just one glance.
Let’s take a closer look at the dial. The titanium matte texture matches well with the black dial. The overall design is still a cockpit instrument. There is also a subtle bright contrast between the outer minute scale and the inner ring hour scale. The outside is bright and the inside is bright. dark. The large hands of the fake watch, the four important time scales and the tail of the second hand all use beige elements, which makes reading clear and makes the watch more retro.
For pilot copy watches, luminous light is an important standard. The luminous effect of IWC pilot watches will never disappoint watch friends. The large hands and four important hour markers are coated with luminous paint. The picture above shows the luminous effect. Real shots.
But what is different from the previous Little Big Fly is that this time the Spitfire uses a dense bottom. The titanium bottom cover is engraved with the classic Spitfire pattern. The soft iron inner shell inside firmly protects the IWC-made model 82100. The movement is immune to magnetic field effects. The movement operates accurately and reliably, and is equipped with a high-efficiency Pellaton automatic winding system. The Woodpecker winding solves the problem of material wear. After switching to ceramic materials, there is almost no wear, and the efficiency performance is still very good. After the winding is fully wound, , which can provide 60 hours of power reserve.
The fake watch is equipped with a brown calfskin strap with contrasting stitching. The top of the folding buckle is engraved with the IWC logo. The strap is also equipped with an easy replacement (EasX-CHANGE) system.
Summary: We’ve covered both the appearance and performance of this IWC timepiece. I quite appreciate its overall vintage style, with the B-Uhr dial complementing the matte grey titanium material quite well. The lightweight nature of Grade 5 titanium makes the 43mm size comfortable to wear, enhancing the overall wearing experience. In terms of performance, the 82-caliber movement performs admirably, demonstrating excellent accuracy and durability. The soft iron inner case ensures anti-magnetic protection for the watch. The quick-change strap feature also provides versatility, and I’m curious about the effect of replacing it with a black rubber strap on this retro aviation watch.