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The IWC Pilot’s Watches SFTI of Top Gun: Maverick

Not too long ago, we had been capable of verify what was the watch worn by Tom Cruise in High Gun: Maverick, the 2022 blockbuster and sequel to the cult 1986 film. And sure, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is again to motion with the (virtually) similar Valjoux-powered black PVD-coated Porsche Design x Orfina Chronograph – to be totally correct, it’s not the identical watch as worn within the 1986 film, however one in a a lot better situation. Fairly cool, fairly correct too. However there may be far more to High Gun: Maverick on the subject of watches… Jennifer Connelly as an illustration wears a classic Explorer 1016. After which, there are the younger wolves, the recruited pilots to coach at High Gun… And to make it very correct certainly, all of them put on IWC Pilot’s Watches SFTI fashions, the identical “Strike Fighter Ways Teacher” watches which might be solely obtainable to instructors and college students in actual life. 

Everyone enthusiastic about fighter jets and films associated to this can let you know that the unique 1986 High Gun film is, indubitably, one of the best of its style… The story is simply cool, the music is past nice, the planes are massively engaging, and the fight scenes are epic. After which there may be the watch worn by Cruise, the black (and extremely worn out) Porsche Design x Orfina Chronograph. All of that makes this film an icon of the Eighties.

Tom Cruise wears the cult black-coated Porsche Design x Orfina Chronograph within the 2022 sequel – Picture: Paramount

This yr marks the comeback of High Gun and Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. And sure, the recipe is similar and there’s undeniably a way of accuracy and realism behind the layer of action-infused scenes. Cruise insisted on making this second episode of the High Gun sequence a monumental tribute to fight fighters. Realism is seen in every single place, in the best way the characters are taking part in, in the best way the scenes have been shot and within the accuracy of the costumes. And that’s additionally true for watches.

Along with the Explorer 1016 of Jennifer Connelly and the Porsche Design Chronograph of Tom Cruise, many extra watches are to be seen, and they’re worn by just about all actors from High Gun: Maverick portraying recruits to the High Gun program. In response to our analysis, these watches may be seen on at the very least 3 characters: Lewis Pullman portraying Robert “Bob” Floyd, Miles Teller portraying Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw and Monica Barbaro as Natasha “Phoenix” Hint.

Picture: Paramount

Seeing IWC Pilot’s Watches on the wrist of those actors isn’t nearly product placement. It’s principally about being true to actuality. As we’ve defined over the previous, in lots of our articles, IWC has lengthy been partnering with Navy Fighter Weapons College (TOP GUN) – since 2007 to be exact. This has resulted in lots of watches provided to most people, but in addition much more confidential fashions solely obtainable to actual pilots.

As an example, in 2018, IWC added two particular items to the gathering in honour of the US Navy Naval Aviation group. These watches can’t be purchased by the general public and are solely obtainable for TOP GUN graduates. First is the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Version “Strike Fighter Ways Teacher” IW324705 after which is the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Version “Strike Fighter Ways Teacher” IW389004. on each of those ceramic fashions, the Navy Fighter Weapons College patch may be discovered at 9 o’clock.

And, with out shock, these are the 2 “Strike Fighter Ways Teacher” (SFTI) watches that may be seen in High Gun: Maverick… Certainly, fairly correct and quite cool too. Particularly when you already know that these are the very same watches which might be worn by the real-life pilots attending the “High Gun” Navy Fighter Weapons College.

Picture: Paramount

Lastly, and whereas we don’t have pictures of this particular mannequin to indicate you but, there’s a final IWC watch to be noticed in High Gun: Maverick, and that could be a trendy, custom-built stopwatch. This unknown, never-seen-before timepiece has certainly been developed for the film and may be seen in the direction of the tip.

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