IWC Top Gun Miramar Pilot Watch Review

As a part of Pilot collection revamping, IWC Top Gun Miramar was launched at SIHH 2012 earlier this year. This chronograph watch has the same legend attached to it that of the Tom Cruise starrer by the same name. However, the watch traces its roots actually to the US Navy School by the same name that trains jet fighter pilots. In any case, the Top Gun Miramar chronograph watch adds value to the Pilot collection by featuring IWC proprietary caliber 51111.

IWC Top Gun Miramar Pilot Watch Features


The IWC Top Gun Miramar flaunts a military look especially due to its grey/green dial, green textile strap, and beige-colored hands and chapter. The dial is complemented by black/anthracite ceramic case. Although the watch is perfect for casual occasions, one should prevent wearing it with formal suits.

The ceramic case keeps the watch safe from scratches. Another advantage of the 48mm ceramic case is that it makes the watch look much smaller in comparison to other watches with stainless steel cases.

IWC Top Gun Miramar Pilot

The second hand also finds an off-center position i.e. above 6 o’clock. The watch’s 30-minute counter is placed between the center of the dial and 12 o’clock position. Also, this chronograph watch has flyback function. The inner case made of soft iron protects the watch from magnetic fields. This is feature that is generally found in aviation machines.

IWC Top Gun Miramar borrows the internal hour circle and external chapter ring from IWC deck watches. The watch display is made of sapphire glass with anti-reflection coating. The cockpit is also secured against sudden drops.

The watch proudly flaunts the two letters ‘Top Gun’ engraved on its back. Flaunting a WWII Pilot watch-like dial configuration, Top Gun Miramar chronograph watch makes changes to the track layout of minute and hour.

IWC Top Gun Miramar Pilot Watch Review

While the inner hour track sports the red sector theme, the minute track occupies the place of the hour track. The date window resembles an airplane altimeter. The watch also has illuminated indices (3, 6, and 9) that put together a beautiful show in the dark.

The ceramic finish resembles black PVD a lot but is actually anthracite. This will be a relief from Black dominated watches that are currently in trend. The watch also embraces an amalgamation of metals. For example, the pushers, crowns and screws are titanium finished. One downside of the watch, however, is its ceramic finish that tends to attract fingerprints too easily.

Other Features

Top Gun Miramar watch is water resistant. Since it is made of Glucydur beryllium alloy, it accounts for high-precision adjustment.

IWC Top Gun Miramar Pilot Price

Top Gun Miramar also takes the advantage of Breguet spring and screw-in crown.

Power Reserve

Thanks to the in-house caliber 51111 from IWC, the Top Gun Miramar runs for a whole week. The watch also sports Pellaton automatic winding and people would come to know when the watch needs rewinding just by looking at the power reserve display.

IWC Top Gun Miramar Pilot Price

At $12,700 the watch looks way more expensive, especially because it has a military textile strap. But the intricate and strong manufacturing that accounts for extreme ruggedness justifies its price.


Like many of its predecessors such as Portuguese Automatic or Big Pilot, Top Gun Miramar upholds the curiosity and innovativeness of the watchmakers.