The Coronavirus Pandemic has the world—including the world of professional sports—at a standstill, yet life still goes on. Tom Brady made sure it was business as usual in a photo he posted on Instagram of him signing his new contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As Brady is a brand ambassador for luxury watchmaker IWC he was repping them as well, wearing one of their newest models, the Timezoner Spitfire, a.k.a. "The Longest Flight."
In his caption, Brady wrote in part, "Excited, humble and hungry ...if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that...you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day. I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do."
Brady inked a partnership with IWC-Schaffhausen in the summer of 2019, hinting at the time that he might look toward a career in fashion after he was finally done with the NFL.
At the time he signed with IWC he was photographed sporting IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar. The Timezoner Spitfire on his wrist for the Bucs signing is a very different but no less elegant timepiece.
The retro look of the Timezoner Spitfire and its "The Longest Flight" nickname were both nods to a long and storied tradition of aviation-related horology. In August 2019, pilots Matt Jones and Steve Boultbee Brooks left London in a rebuilt 1943 Spitfire MK IX fighter plane for a 27,000-mile around the world flight, both sporting one of these models on their wrists.
The Timezoner Spitfire might look retro but it has the set of refined features you'd expect from such refined watchmaker. Here are just a few:
- 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
The black dial is luminous and the Spitfire comes with a 22mm green fabric strap.
Only 250 of these were made, which is why IWC tells customers to contact them to reserve one. If Tom Brady didn't buy them all to give to new Bucs teammates or something and you are lucky enough to reserve one, they retail for $12,400. Learn more at iwc.com.