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Maverick’s Return in Top Gun Sequel Will Herald a Hot Time for Pilot Watches

The signature, boldly legible style has been an enduring trope in haute horology. Here are some of the best examples.
From left: Oris, Breitling, Bremont, Tutima, IWC.

From left: Oris, Breitling, Bremont, Tutima, IWC.

Source: Vendors


The appearance of the sequel to Top Gun has been pushed to Christmas in theaters, but when audiences are finally able to see the movie, they can expect certain things not to have changed in the 34 years since the original came out: Tom Cruise’s perfect, matinee-idol hair, the leather bomber jacket. And the watch.

In the original, Cruise wore a stealthy, black PVD-coated steel Porsche Design Chronograph 1, created in 1972 by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of the iconic 911. Now that Maverick is coming back as a training instructor and test pilot in the Paramount Pictures sequel, word has it that the watch will make a return appearance, too.