IWC Doppelchronograph Ref. 3799 Ceramic Top Gun Edition

IWC Doppelchronograph Ref. 3799 Ceramic Top Gun Edition

Here's something you didn't expect to see here: a badass, blacked out, oversized modern watch!

It is true that our preferences generally run in the opposite direction, but every so often something modern catches our attention, and in the case of this cool chronograph by IWC, we just couldn't turn it down.  Mainly because this isn't just any modern chronograph - this is a reference 3799 Doppelchrono, released as part of IWC's Top Gun collection.  Now discontinued, this exotic reference pays homage to the US Navy's elite Fighter Weapons School - yeah, the same one that Tom Cruise got all Maverick-y in back in '86.  

Utilizing the IWC Calibre 79230, the Doppelchronograph features a flyback split-seconds (also known as rattrapante) chronograph function operated by the pusher at 10:00.  Pressing this pusher when the chronograph is active literally splits the chrono sweep hand in two, offering a stop set for timing two events simultaneously.  This allows even more precise timing racing your coworker to the water fountain.  Or timing your primary and secondary afterburner ignition.  Or whatever.  This movement is based upon a heavily modified Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph unit, and also offers day and date functionality in addition to the triple subsidiary register layout.  While many manufactures have struggled with developing robust rattrapante movements, IWC excels in this arena, and the functionality and reliability of the Doppelchronograph is unquestionable.

All of this high tech kit is packaged in a large but lightweight black ceramic shell surrounding a soft iron anti-magnetic inner case, brilliantly evoking and honoring to the military aviation heritage IWC is known for.  The dial is crisp and legible with large luminescent Arabic numerals and their signature open date window.  Red accents on the sweeping sub seconds register and a jet shaped element on the chrono seconds hand wrap up the package brilliantly, and make us feel the need for speed whenever we strap it on.

While this special edition ceramic Top Gun reference is no longer available, a steel case version (ref. 3778) with the same movement is still available from IWC...for $12500.  Few watch guys would argue this is one killer watch, and a great value worth much more than the sum of its parts.  While we would normally choose a vintage watch - like any vintage watch - over some tarted up modern faux-luxury monstrosity, this terrifically executed IWC gets the official analog/shift seal of approval.  All kidding aside, this is modern watchmaking at its most badass, and is one of the reasons we still pay attention to the modern timepiece industry.  Most of the stuff they churn out is soulless, but every once in awhile something comes along that speaks the truth.   

Now, any of you boys seen an aircraft carrier around here?


Ceramic case is approximately 46mm (excluding crown).  IWC reference 3799-01

Overall Condition:  Case is in excellent condition overall, showing virtually no signs of wear.  Original dial and hands are as-new.  Original titanium pushers and signed crown.  Titanium Top Gun case back shows only light signs of wear from use.

Includes genuine 22mm IWC black fabric & leather straps with signed titanium deployant clasp.  Also includes all original boxes and paperwork.

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