The Maverick Stopwatch Everyone’s Talking About

Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to what is probably the best action movie of the ’80s, has just hit theaters, and it’s an absolute delight for the senses. But watch nerds were thrilled to see one watch in particular…


Many characters in the film wear IWC Schaffhausen watches – of course, IWC has a long-standing partnership with the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, better known as TOPGUN. It is around this elite flight school that the film revolves and from which it takes its name.

IWC has produced a wide variety of TOP GUN watches – for example, the ‘Lake Tahoe’ and ‘Woodland’ which were unveiled at Watches & Wonders earlier this year – but eagle-eyed movie buffs spotted an IWC instead unusual and so far unheard of in Top Gun: Maverick it makes people laugh.

It’s actually not a watch at all but a stopwatch. Hong Kong-based watch collector Erwin Chu has shared the first look at the coveted stopwatch online, and we have to say, it looks cool as hell.

A small single-pusher number, the ‘IWC Schaffhausen Instructor’s Stopwatch’ appears to be made from IWC’s Ceratanium compound and features the same iconic dial design as IWC’s pilot’s watches.

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As you can see above, the stopwatch is part of a set with a matching TOP GUN Mark XVII wristwatch plus ballistic nylon lanyard and comes packaged in a Pelican style dry box. Super cool stuff.

DMARGE has been informed that the stopwatch is not part of this set. It’s unclear whether or not members of the general public will be able to purchase this box set – watch this space.

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