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      01-18-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Rose Gold

First IWC I've owned, got a good deal on it. So far I like it a lot.

Any of you own/owned IWC. Curious of your opinions on the brand.

*lets try this again with pics loaded this time.
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      01-18-2018, 02:38 PM   #2
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I'm a huge IWC fan - big time IWC fanatic - my claim to IWC fame is that I was fortunate to try on a Grand Complication at a IWC event.

Pilot series is a great line: the case, the hands.

I think IWC is the greatest watch company. Past Portugiesers have been some of the best looking watches ever.

Gold case, very smart.
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Which Spitfire model? I just looked and saw the current Spitfire lineup and only saw a Big Pilot in rose gold - but that's just too freakin nuts.

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      01-18-2018, 02:42 PM   #3
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I don't know why i am having issues loading pics from the App, usually they upload no problem.

I see them on the app but not online, weird. Can you see them?

Its the IWC 3878 03
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First IWC I've owned, got a good deal on it. So far I like it a lot.

Any of you own/owned IWC. Curious of your opinions on the brand.

*lets try this again with pics loaded this time.
Yes my friend, lets see some pix.
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      01-18-2018, 02:53 PM   #5
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Can see in my last pic screen shot from the app and they showed up on my app but not on my computer. Weird.
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3878 03 chronograph ? just wild. like a lot of chronos this movement based on the 7750 - double check. But realize that IWC uses the base plates of the 7750 chrono for their Grand Complication.
Probably the case and the face are where it beats the competition.
Read the manual on how to work the chronograph - you NEED to use the chronograph function, you need to press those pushers. Great thing about this chrono is it's ease of repair - and that is very important on a chrono - not trying to insinuate anything just that these watches get maintained in service and that they are meant to be used. Though I wouldn't change spark plugs wearing a watch like this and there is even debate about playing golf in such a fine watch, but watch winder or daily wear the watch needs to get moved.

Like too see a side on view of the pushers and engraving on the back.

Really hope you enjoy every moment of wearing this piece - a really great purchase.

You know why the date window is designed as it is ?
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3878 03 chronograph ? just wild. like a lot of chronos this movement based on the 7750 - double check. But realize that IWC uses the base plates of the 7750 chrono for their Grand Complication.
Probably the case and the face are where it beats the competition.
Read the manual on how to work the chronograph - you NEED to use the chronograph function, you need to press those pushers. Great thing about this chrono is it's ease of repair - and that is very important on a chrono - not trying to insinuate anything just that these watches get maintained in service and that they are meant to be used. Though I wouldn't change spark plugs wearing a watch like this and there is even debate about playing golf in such a fine watch, but watch winder or daily wear the watch needs to get moved.

Like too see a side on view of the pushers and engraving on the back.

Really hope you enjoy every moment of wearing this piece - a really great purchase.

You know why the date window is designed as it is ?
You know way more about these watches than i do, great to learn about!

My Daytona is in for service right now. Compared to the Daytona and my Submariner i will say movement doesn't seem as good, but the watch is great for a dressier watch. I keep all my watched in watch winders. Not quite sure about the date window. I'll read up on it.

Here are some pics, still have the plastic on the back.
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      01-18-2018, 04:06 PM   #8
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Took the sticker off and some more pics. Surprisingly not much info about the watch or movement from what i could find with a quick search.

Is there a good watch forum you would recommend?
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      01-18-2018, 04:20 PM   #10
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Nice choice! The Portugieser 7 day is on my list..Portugieser Perpetual Calendar is my dream piece.
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Thanks! Found out it has Movement: Calibre 89365 with 68hr power reserve.

And apparently the reason why the second hand hacks and isn't as smooth as the Rolex " hacking seconds function harks back to an era when military use necessitated the synchronization of watches."
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BTW this watch might be an in-house movement.
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Also do some research on when not to use the chrono - when date is about to change (not sure how many minutes on each side of 12:00am - its best not to use some of the chrono functions
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BTW this watch might be an in-house movement.
It's in house movement, here is a bit more info on the Calibre https://www.iwc.com/us/en/calibre-family/89000.html
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Nice watch!!

Only thing is the buckle, I do like a deployment clasp more IMHO.

This is mine, RG Portugieser 7 days, with a clasp


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Very nice watch.
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Nice watch!!

Only thing is the buckle, I do like a deployment clasp more IMHO.

This is mine, RG Portugieser 7 days, with a clasp


Agreed 100% on deployment clasp. Wish this watch came with one. Great looking watch by the way!
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Thanks!

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Agreed 100% on deployment clasp. Wish this watch came with one. Great looking watch by the way!
Tang buckle in gold on a leather strap is very cool. Particularly when the watch is laying off the wrist - the pic above of the Pilot laying out on the green felt, that is your watch in full display, very elegant.
Not to take anything away from deployment.
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Try it with black strap. Black and pink gold contrast is pretty surreal to look at.
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Love IWC's gonna pick one up in a few months for my 40th as a gift to myself. Not sure which one yet though.
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Thanks! Found out it has Movement: Calibre 89365 with 68hr power reserve.

And apparently the reason why the second hand hacks and isn't as smooth as the Rolex " hacking seconds function harks back to an era when military use necessitated the synchronization of watches."
The smoothness of the seconds hand sweep is dependent completely on the VPH (vibrations per hour), also known as "beat rate".

https://www.watchtime.com/reference-...vibration-vph/

"Hacking" seconds refers to the second hand stopping when the stem is pulled out to the time-set position. Many mechanical movements don't have hacking seconds.
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