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The IWC Spitfire Mark XVI watch carries on the proud tradition of IWC pilots watches. Mechanically and technically identical to its sibling, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI, the Spitfire Mark XVI incorporates a distinctive contemporary style and presence all its own, while providing a subtle visual makeover to the older 38-mm Mark XV model. Housed within the 39-mm stainless steel case of the IWC Spitfire Mark XVI watch is the automatic-winding IWC 30110 calibre, which features a date display, sweep seconds, and a power reserve of 42 hours. By unscrewing the crown and pulling it to the first position, the date can be quickly adjusted; in the crown’s furthest position, the second hand stops, facilitating the precise setting of the watch to a time signal.

The IWC Spitfire Mark XVI has a form that is as visually pleasing as it is technically competent. The precision movement is protected against the elements by a perfectly sealed case, water resistant to 60 meters. A soft iron shield beneath the caseback provides the carefully adjusted movement protection against strong magnetic fields, while the specially secured crystal resists the displacement that can occur due to drastic changes in air pressure – both important details to a watch created for professional pilots. The rhodium-plated dial calls to mind the layout of early aviators watches, but with a dash of modernism; the luminous hands and markers ensure that the time is easily read in any light condition. With its versatile qualities and robust IWC engineering, the IWC Spitfire Mark XVI watch will prove to be a distinguished and reliable companion for adventures on the ground or in the air.

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