Military watches are always welcomed in watch market, especially the Pilot watch from IWC. This Top Gun Miramar belongs to IWC Pilot series, it is the latest model of Mark XVIII that was published in 2016 SIHH. The watch inherits the original features of previous Top Gun Miramar – highly readable dial design and nylon strap. Genuine watch is equipped with a better movement that has a reinforced power reserve. Now, the replica here will be discussed is just made according to a genuine Mark XVII watch by MK factory. It consinues the high quality feature of former IWC Mark series replica watches made by this factory.
The replica case is not complex, it is just one complete real ceramic piece. The diameter is measured to be 41mm. Black case color makes the replica look calm and stable, actually a lot of Pilot Top Gun watches uses ceramic case. Steel crown is big, it is screwed down with a long tube, the crown has refined engravings, which are clear to read. Case back is brushed stainless steel, it has six grooves for the user to open the back with special tool. The unique engravings on the centre tell everything you want to know more about this replica watch.
Black dial echoes with black ceramic case, the white markers, hands and dial printings increase readability to the replica. The dial design of Top Gun Miramar is too different from other IWC watches, the red circle is for users to read hours, these white Arabic numbers like 5, 10 are displaying minutes, while the most outer white markers are for seconds display. There is a small square date window positioned at 3:00 lying on the red circle. To increase visibility, the white date font is in black background.
If you have ever bought one IWC Mark replica, you will know the best one is equipped with a ETA 2892 movement, so is this Mark XVIII. Other versions are not as stable as this one. The band also offer wearer the greatest satisfaction, because the outer material is nylon while the inner lining is black leather, there are some mysterious words on the leather lining like “BTAI” and “BTAN”, could someone here tell me the meaning of these words?