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IWC Release Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert in Military Fatigue Brown

IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert IW389402

IWC have recently been promoting their ‘Colours of Top Gun’ concept whereby they take some of their signature watches and reimagine them in ceramic cases of various colours. Interestingly IWC cite this project as starting in 2022 with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Lake Tahoe and Woodland Green, but actually they’ve been doing this for a lot longer than that. Back in 2021 they released the brown ceramic Top Gun Mojave Desert Big Pilot’s Watch and Perpetual Calendar  and it’s this colourway that they’re revisiting today with the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert.

The case is much as you’d expect it to be if you’ve come across any of IWC’s colourful ceramic watches in the past. The Chronograph 41 Mojave Desert has a lovely matte finish that gives it an incredible smoothness and the colour is even across the entire surface. Speaking of colour, it’s khaki brown inspired by the desert environment that gives the watch its name and the desert fatigues worn by military personnel. Another thing to note with the case is that it measures 41.9mm in diameter, which is not that common of a size in IWC’s ceramic chronographs. In fact, it’s only the third one.

IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert IW389402

The dial is very reminiscent of those previous Mojave editions. A dark brown base provides a background for the khaki numerals, scales and hands. While it’s not so high contrast as a traditional white on black pilot’s watch display, it’s still very legible and it’s easy to read the chronograph subdials – those subdials are a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 9 and small seconds at 6. The chronograph complication itself is controlled by the duo of ceratanium pushers flanking the ceratanium crown.

IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert IW389402

Beneath the desert-y surface of the watch is housed the IWC-manufactured Calibre 69380. It’s an automatic piece with a 46-hour power reserve that’s protected from magnetic fields by the watch’s soft-iron inner case, just what you want in a pilot’s watch.

IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert IW389402
IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert IW389402

It’s priced at £10,500, which is the same as the Lake Tahoe and Woodland Green despite those watches being larger and is also the same price as the other ceramic Chronograph 41 models. It’s a solid addition to the “Colours of Top Gun” range and nice to see that the Mojave Desert colourway hasn’t been forgotten about.

Price and Specs:

Model: IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Mojave Desert
Ref: IW389402
Case: 41.9mm diameter x 15.5mm thickness, beige ceramic case
Dial: Brown
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: IWC calibre 69380, automatic, 33 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 46h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Strap: Beige rubber with textile inlay and titanium pin buckle
Price: £10,500

More details at IWC.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.