Here we have the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “JU-AIR” replica to celebrate two decades of preservation. It’s no secret that IWC has been active in the field of aviation for nearly a century. But it’s not just a vague historical connection here. IWC continues to work in the field, as today’s special edition watch shows. The earliest Fleiger watches from IWC date to 1936 and they can sell for big money on the vintage market.
The watch here commemorates all this in a modified “Spitfire” chronograph – the mens fake IWC Spitfire pilot’s watches have bright silver dials instead of the usual black. The JU-AIR is almost entirely monochromatic, save the red seconds hand and arrow for the date display, giving is a really dramatic look. It’s bright and easy to read on the wrist, despite the lack of contrast.
To launch the partnership, three of the JU-52s flew to Venegono, Italy for a ceremony, and in 2000 the IWC plane began a circumnavigational tour to show off the new pilot’s watch line-up. The Junkers JU-52 is a legendary plane and there are only eight still flying today. One of those has had the IWC logo emblazoned on it since 1994 to show IWC’s support for JU-AIR, the private airline that keeps these aircraft in service.
The 43mm stainless steel case has a JU-52 engraved on the back and inside you’ll find the caliber 89365 movement. This movement is a flyback chronograph with 68 hours of power reserve. It’s automatic and has hacking seconds as well.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch JU-AIR replica is limited to only 500 pieces worldwide.