IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition JU-AIR
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    IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition JU-AIR

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    The Junkers Ju-52 is a German tri-motor transport aircraft, manufactured from 1932 to 1945, it saw both civilian and military service during the 1930s and 1940s. Of just eight airworthy vintage JU-52s remaining worldwide, one has carried the IWC logo for two decades and, in the year 2000, started out on a circumnavigation of the globe to publicise a new IWC Pilot’s Watch.

    Now, in honour of the airline specially established to keep the vintage aircraft aloft, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “JU-AIR”, with a limited edition of 500 watches, is ready for take off.

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    With four Ju-52’s in their fleet, JU-AIR, based in Based in Dübendorf near Zurich, is used for sightseeing flights in Switzerland. Supporting the airline for the past two decades, IWC has cultivated a partnership with JU-AIR based on a mutual admiration of the Junkers Ju-52 aircraft, one of which proudly displays the IWC logo.

    The tribute to the Junkers Ju-52 aircraft belongs to the “Spitfire” line. It’s a 43 mm stainless steel pilot’s watch powered by the self-winding 89365 calibre with 68 hours of power reserve. This mechanical movement produced entirely in-house, features a date display, a stopwatch function, small hacking seconds, as well as a flyback chronograph. The watch comes on a black alligator strap with a stainless steel folding buckle.

    The dial of the watch is rhodium-plated in reference to the silver colour of the Junkers Ju-52 plane and features a sunburst finish. The steel Arabic numeral appliqués are filled with white SuperLuminova as are the three central hands. The date is visible in a large aperture at 3 o’clock designed to look like an altimeter. The small seconds is at 6 o’clock facing the 60-minute chronograph counter at noon.

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    The stainless steel case back has been engraved with a Junkers Ju-52 and features the inscription “One out of 500” in reference to the number of pieces for this limited edition.

    About JU-AIR

    Wherever the drone of the three large nine-cylinder radial engines announces the presence of a JU-52, people simply stop and stare. Unveiled in 1939 and now very rare, the silver-coloured aircraft had an enormous following by the time the Swiss Air Force purchased them for pilot training and for transporting passengers and relief supplies. When the veteran aircraft were retired in 1981, Swiss airline JU-AIR, which had been founded specifically for the pur¬pose of saving the JU-52 with its characteristic corrugated steel fuselage, launched a nationwide fund-raising cam¬paign. It generated an unbelievable amount of goodwill and, on a single day alone, raised over 600,000 Swiss francs.


    To this day, the JU-52 has remained synonymous with reli¬ability, safety and quality workmanship, leaving its mark on civil aviation like few other aircraft. Privately owned and assisted by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, the com¬pany ensures that the legendary aircraft remain in service, and offers sightseeing flights that help to keep the legend up in the skies.

    Specifications

    PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “JU-AIR” REF. IW387809

    FEATURES
    Mechanical chronograph movement – Self-winding – Date display – Stopwatch function with minutes
    and seconds – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Screw-in crown – Secured against
    displacement by drop in air pressure – Engraving of a JU-52 aircraft on the case back –
    Limited to 500 watches

    MOVEMENT

    IWC-manufactured calibre 89365
    Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
    Jewels: 35
    Power reserve: 68 h
    Winding: automatic

    WATCH

    Materials: stainless-steel case, rhodium-plated dial, hands and appliqués
    coated with Super-LumiNova®*, black alligator leather strap with
    folding clasp in stainless steel
    Glass sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
    Water-resistant: 6 bar
    Diameter: 43 mm
    Case height: 15.5 mm

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    Last edited by Michael Weare; July 9th, 2014 at 04:28.
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