IWC Fliegeruhr UTC
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
If there is one thing that the International Watch Company is known for, it’s an impressive devotion to the development and production of an outstanding pilot’s watch. Mark XI pilot’s watches are among some of the most sought after WWII mil-spec watches today, and for good reason. With incredible accuracy and incorporated anti-magnetic designs, these timepieces were an essential part of an aircraft’s kit, and are widely lauded for their service during combat raids and sorties.
Since WWII, IWC has maintained its focus on developing functional (as well as beautiful) timepieces for pilots, drawing on what has become an iconic style – clean matte black dials with bright, legible hour markers and hands doused in luminous material.
The presence of a second time zone function has been an important fixture in pilots’ watches since the dawn of the jet set era, with flight paths traversing time zones more readily than they had ever before. With a joint standard time zone, pilots’ time charts and communications would be synchronized, regardless of which local time zone they were in. The advent of the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) complication – a fixed 24-hour hand – changed the criteria for what a pilot’s watch should be, and before long, many brands were incorporating GMT functions into their timepieces.
For years, GMT was the gold standard with regard to global navigation, but in the early 1960s, scientists noted that the addition of leap seconds could greatly simplify time measurements that are thrown off by Earth’s tilt on its elliptical orbit. The creation of this method of regulation necessitated a new time zone – UTC, or Universal Time Coordinated.
The IWC Fleigeruhr was the first design to incorporate UTC in an open window displaying a rotating 24-hour wheel, enabling the wearer to adjust the position of the hour hand so that the watch reads local and UTC at a simple glance.
Even with its innovative design, the UTC Ref. 3251 doesn’t sacrifice hallowed IWC roots: It’s movement is still enclosed in a soft lead sarcophagus like it’s predecessors and enjoys the benefit of the decades of shock and g-force protection engineering for which IWC is famous.
Last, but certainly not least, the brushed stainless case weighs in at a subtle 39mm excluding crown, making this technologically relevant watch a pleasure to wear. For the modern pilot, traveler, or plain old aviation enthusiast, there are few watches better suited than the UTC Fleigeruhr.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
IWC Fliegeruhr UTC