IWC has paid homage to Top Gun since 2007 and is releasing its latest three-hand automatic in the series with a new in-house movement and a matte black ceramic case. Launched simultaneously with the new Pilot’s Replica Watch Automatic Spitfire, the TOP GUN model also shares the Spitfire’s IWC 32110 automatic calibre, although the case is 2mm larger than the 39mm Spitfire and has a more modern aesthetic.
The dial is reminiscent of IWC’s Big Pilot’s fake watch series, and the black ceramic case is stealthy and contemporary. Built with pilots in mind, the matte finish prevents reflections and ceramic is more durable than steel, while the black dial with large Arabic numerals offers maximum legibility.
The case comes only in matte black ceramic, while the Spitfire three-hand automatics have stainless steel and bronze variants. A second model, the Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium Replica Watches, is a split-seconds chronograph version for those looking for something more complex.
The caseback is titanium with the famous TOP GUN logo engraved in the centre. The crown screws down and allows the case to be water-resistant to 60 metres. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings on both sides, which itself is protected against displacement from sudden drops in air pressure. The lugs are fitted with a rugged black textile strap.