Like its predecessors, the first of which hit the market in 2012, the newest version of the brown leather strap fake Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 pays homage to a model ordered by the U.S. Air Force in 1935 (we review a previously released model here) and engineered to meet rigorous specifications in terms of aesthetics, durability and precision.
The black dial, shifted 40 degrees to the right, is a nod to the pilots who would wear the watch on the inside of their wrist over thick gloves to read the time quickly and easily without having to release the aircraft’s control yoke. The big, fluted crown at 12 o’clock, enabled the wearer to control the Swiss movement Longines fake watch’s chronograph functions by simply pressing the single push-piece inserted in its center. Inside the 41-mm steel case is a column-wheel chronograph-equipped movement, Caliber L788.2, based on the reliable ETA Valgranges A08.L11 and developed exclusively for Longines.
IWC replica extended its partnership with the U.S. Naval Aviation community in 2018 with the development of its first “Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor” watch, which was awarded exclusively to graduates of the Navy Fighter Weapons School “Top Gun” program. This year, the brand unveiled a version of the “SFTI” for the rest of us — with a matte black dial, tactical-look case and an in-house-made chronograph caliber.
The 44 mm IWC Pilot’s replica watch uses a combination of materials: black zirconium oxide ceramic for the bezel and case middle and Ceratanium for its caseback and chronograph pushers. The black dial’s central chronograph seconds hand has a jet-shaped counterweight. Behind the Ceratanium caseback, engraved with a Top Gun logo, is IWC’s manufacture Caliber 69380, whose double-sided pawl winding system, an IWC technical hallmark, enables it to amass a power reserve of 46 hours.