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IWC “Top Gun” Pilot’s Watch Does No One Any Favors

Posted on 18 October 2011 by John Biggs

Sure, you and Goose had a falling out and you were drummed out of Top Gun for being a loose cannon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sport this wildly ugly IWC double chrono under your flight suit. This split-second rattrapante chrono features the Top Gun flight school logo on the back and one of those horrible “triple date” windows on the front in case you can’t add and subtract. To add to the insult, the watch costs a hefty $12,000 so you probably can’t buy it on your Air Force salary.
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TimeZone Visits IWC

Posted on 29 August 2006 by John Biggs


Lots of pickies and lots of pithy commentary is to be had over at TimeZone where they document their trip to IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. I like IWC’s style and value – I’m not a huge fan of the Portuguese line but everyone seems to be. It’s great to see them close up and personal.

The history of IWC in Schaffhausen begins in 1868, when an American named Florentine Ariosto Jones came to Switzerland with the goal of producing watch movements. In 1880, after a couple of management “issues”, Johann Rauschenbach-Vogel took over, and the company remained in the hands of his family for several generations. The 1970s was a critical time for IWC, as the Swiss watch industry dealt with both the advent of the quartz movement and the skyrocketing price of gold in 1974. Despite these challenges and multiple ownership changes (VDO, LMH, etc.), IWC persevered, and today it is thriving.

2006 TZ Tour, Installment 2, page 1 – TimeZone [TimeZone]

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IWC in Miami Vice

Posted on 28 August 2006 by John Biggs

iwc_miamivice.jpgAn IWC Aquatimer ended up in Miami Vice – I hope it’s decade accurate! Jamie Foxx wore this one and another limited edition IWC in the film, which I haven’t really seen nor care to.

Miami Vice IWC Watch [ProfessionalWatches]

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Review: IWC Aquatimer

Posted on 05 October 2005 by John Biggs

Nice review of the IWC Aquatimer.

What sent me running to buy this watch was the fact that I was about to sell my 18kt gold vintage cal. 89 to a friend of mine. I knew that there would be a void in my collection without an IWC so the Aquatimer was just a logical choice for me. Prior to getting this watch, I had never seen it in person so I wasn’t sure how well it would look on my 7-inch wrist. Needless to say when I put it on for the first time I was very happy with the way it looked and I could instantly see why so many people loved their Aquatimers so much. It is very impressive looking, and you can tell that it’s built like a submarine.

Check it out here.

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Portuguese Minute Repeater Squelette

Posted on 13 July 2005 by John Biggs

This is a limited edition IWC that looks like the rats got to it. Purdy sexy.

Check it out here.

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Reviews: IWC Aquatimer Cousteau Diver

Posted on 09 July 2005 by John Biggs

An excellent review of a beautiful watch. Very Steve Zissou.

In terms of functions and technology, the Aquatimer Automatic is virtually identical to the titanium IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000. One of the few differences is its pressure resistance, which is designed to withstand up to 100 bar or the pressure encountered 1000 m below the surface. As a result, the case is only 12.8 mm thick, rather than 14.8 mm. Another distinctive feature is the fact that this one is available exclusively in stainless steel with a blue rubber strap.

Check it out here.

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