Got time on your hands?

IWC Pilot’s Spitfire UTC

Posted by wristwatch on September 15, 2007

Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) is an international time standard that is identical with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In an increasingly globalized world, it provides a time constant. It is immensely important to pilots and travellers who change continents and time zones in rapid succession, or for business people who communicate with associates all over the world. In the late 1990s, especially for them, IWC began making a reliable wristwatch with two time zones: the Pilot’s Watch UTC with its 24-hour display. On the Spitfire UTC, local time is shown on the dial. This can be advanced or moved back in one-hour steps, even beyond the date. Home time (or UTC) is displayed in a 24-hour display window.

* Calibre: 30710
* Vibrations: 28 800/h / 4 Hz
* Jewels: 23
* Power reserve: 42 h
* Winding: automatic
* Mechanical movement
* Self-winding
* Date display
* Hour hand adjustable in one-hour steps (TZC = Time Zone Corrector)
* 24-hour display (UTC = Universal Time Coordinated)
* Central seconds hand with stop function
* Screw-in crown
* Soft iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
* Sapphire glass, antireflective on both sides and secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
* Water-resistant 60 m
* Inner case: soft iron for protection against magnetic fields
* Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective, resistant against pressure drop
* Crown: screwed
* Water-resistant: 6 bar (60 m)
* Case diameter: 39 mm
* Case height: 12.5 mm
* Spitfire UTC in stainless steel with crocodile leather strap: 92 g
* Spitfire UTC in stainless steel with stainless steel bracelet: 146 g



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