People are fond of the brand IWC. It is a great brand with some fantastic-looking watches. I think, however, that this is my favorite watch from them (besides the larger size). This watch commemorates the flying feats performed by Patrouille Suisse for 50 years. IWC is the second brand to recognize this longevity (the first was Breitling) and produce a special-edition watch for the occasion. This is instantly recognizable as a pilot watch, as it should be. The hands, first off, will give a large indication, but also the high-contrast dial and the triangle at 12 o'clock. Inside ticks the calibre 79230, with small hacking seconds, a chronograph function that measures hours, minutes, and seconds, and even a split-seconds hand for intermediate timing. That's quite a lineup. The case is 46mm in diameter, 17.5mm tall (the movement is surrounded by a soft iron case that is anti-magnetic, which adds a bit of thickness), and is water resistant to 60m. The crown is a screw-down crown, which is more of a novelty with a water resistance of only 60m. Rather than the normal, every-day brushed case, IWC decided to shot-blast the case to produce a more interesting look. The real treasure on this watch is not the movement, or the case, or anything else. It is the dial. What a gorgeous dial. The dial and the color scheme are just make the watch for me. IWC has really outdone themselves this time. This watch will be produced in a limited series of just 250 watches.
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