The first thing you will notice about this watch is its distinctive colour scheme.This is the first replica watch with a case made from sand-coloured ceramic.The colour is inspired by the Mojave Desert, home to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.
The sandy hue of the 44.5mm x 15.7mm case is achieved by combining zirconium oxide with other metallic oxides. The matte finish gives it an almost plastic-like quality in appearance.While it does feel light and comfortable, it’s also very apparent that it’s extremely robust and well made.
The caseback is in titanium and features the famous TOP GUN logo engraved in the centre. The screw-in crown and chronograph pushers meanwhile are titanium, like the standard IWC Replica Chronograph TOP GUN.
The other thing that makes this TOP GUN model stand out from its peers is the fact that it doesn’t have a black dial. Instead, it’s dark brown with contrasting luminous sand-coloured hands and indexes. The US IWC Replica dial layout is identical to the new Chronograph Spitfire, as both models share the same in-house movement.
Completing the desert storm look is a beige/sand-coloured textile strap with matching stitching. Again, it’s very comfortable on the wrist although it does make this model decidedly more sporty/casual. Not that you could really dress up a sand-coloured fake watch anyway.