The Spitfire MK IX fighter plane was originally built at Castle Bromwich in the United Kingdom in 1943. With a range of approximately 450 miles or so, even the fully-restored and silver-painted Spitfire that just took off on a round-the-world journey from the Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex (U.K.) isn't the first plane you might think of taking on a 27,000-mile flight around the world.
Unless you are the Spitfire pilots for this trip, Matt Jones and Steve Boultbee Brooks, and you are equipped with gear like the new IWC “Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire 'The Longest Flight'.”
The Timezoner Spitfire comes with a list of features that includes adjusting to new timezones simply by clicking the bezel into a new position, but that's not all. Here are a few more from IWC's listing for the watch:
- Stainless steel case
- Diameter 46.0 mm
- Height 15.2 mm
- Screw in crown
- Water resistance to about 60 meters
- IWC-patented timezoner function
- 24-hour display for Worldtimer function
- Date display
- Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
- Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
- Pellaton automatic winding
- Central hacking seconds
Esquire reports that IWC CEO Christopher Grainger-Herr says it is "so easy to for IWC to generate new ideas around flight."
"It’s not just the inspiration of the Spitfire," Grainger-Herr continues, "There are many similarities between aircraft engineering and watchmaking. As soon as you stop investing in training engineers who can look after these machines the skills go away very quickly. It makes perfect sense for us to support that."
You can learn more about Brooks's and Jones's ongoing journey in the restored Spitfire fighter here, while the full collection of pilot's watches is here.
As for the new “Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire 'The Longest Flight',” there are only 250 available and they retail for $12,400 each at IWC.com.