Last year, when unveiling its new pilot’s collection at the SIHH 2019, IWC also announced its partnership with a very cool project named “The Longest Flight”. On August 5th, 2019, British pilots Matt Jones and Steve Boultbee Brooks kicked off their flight around the world in an antique, restored Spitfire plane. This was the occasion for IWC to unveil a dedicated timepiece, the Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight”. And now that the mission is accomplished and the world tour completed, the brand introduces the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Spitfire Edition “Mission Accomplished” ref. IW510506, a new edition true to the design codes introduced with the new Spitfire collection.
On their record-breaking journey in the “Silver Spitfire”, the two founders of the Boultbee Flight Academy covered almost 43,000 kilometres in four months, visiting over 20 countries on their way. Having been the primary partner and official timekeeper of the mission, IWC celebrates this milestone with a unique timepiece. And what’s best than using the Big Pilot’s watch as a base for this achievement.
The new Edition “Mission Accomplished” IW510506 is thus an oversized aviation-inspired model, relying on the design codes of the previous Spitfire watches. In this instance, it comes in a large 46.2mm case, which is made of bronze and has a matte, sand-blasted surface. And knowing this material, you can expect it to gain a bit of patina over its life. The screw-in crown is also made of this same material yet the caseback, for obvious reasons, is made of titanium and features a small sapphire window revealing the power reserve indicator. The watch features all the necessary elements of a true pilot’s piece, knowing a glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure and a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields. It 6-bar pressure and water-resistant.
The main novelty for this IW510506 is the display, with a combination of small seconds and a large date – a display already used on a Big Pilot for the 150th anniversary. And as for the style itself, IWC plays on classic bronze Spitfire cues, as seen in the Perpetual Calendar or the UTC here, with a matte green dial and gold-plated hands. The rest is typical of the collection, with white Arabic numerals and a signature triangle at 12 o’clock.
Inside the case is the a large in-house, hand-wound movement, the calibre 59235. This engine is one of the brand’s most powerful movement, with a 192-hour or 8-day power reserve. The date is indicated at 12 o’clock with a nice system, based on two non-overlapping discs.
The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Spitfire Edition “Mission Accomplished” IW510506 is worn on a 22mm brown pilot’s strap with bronze rivets. It is a limited edition of 500 pieces, now available in boutiques and at iwc.com for online orders. It is priced at EUR 16,600, USD 15,800 or CHF 17,100.
Technical specifications – IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Spitfire Edition “Mission Accomplished”
46.2mm diameter x 15.2mm height – bronze case, sand-blasted – Sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides and secured against displacement by drop in air pressure – titanium caseback with a sapphire window on the power reserve – Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields – screw-in crown in bronze – 60m water-resistant
Green dial, matte. Painted indexes and numerals
Gold-plated hands. Markers and hands with Super-LumiNova
Calibre 59235, in-house – hand-wound – 260 components – 30 jewels – 8-day or 192-hour power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/hour – hours, minutes, smalls seconds, large date with double-digit, power reserve on the back
22mm Brown calfskin strap, pilot-style with rivets
Bronze pin buckle
Limited to 500 pieces
Available June 2020