It’s no secret that IWC has been active in the field of aviation for nearly a century. The earliest Fleiger watches from IWC date to 1936 and they can sell for big money on the vintage market. But it’s not just a vague historical connection here. IWC continues to work in the field, as today’s special edition watch shows. Here we have the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “JU-AIR” to celebrate two decades of preservation.
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. 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 watch here commemorates all this in a modified “Spitfire” chronograph – the 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.
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 Edition JU-AIR is limited to only 500 pieces worldwide.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen