Watch-Spotting: The Last Ship

I’ve just started watching TNT’s new post-apocalyptic drama ‘The Last Ship’. The series is based on the novel written by William Brinkley, and the basic premise is that a global pandemic wipes out over 80% of the planet’s population, leaving only a few survivors, including the crew of the fictional USS Nathan James. The hour-long episodes follow the exploits of the crew, as they attempt to find a cure to stop the pandemic. Grey’s Anatomy alumni Eric Dane stars as Tom Chandler, captain of the guided missile destroyer, and on his wrist, we spotted IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar.

The Last Ship stars Eric Dane as Captain Tom Chandler (right) and Adam Baldwin as Commander Mike Slattery (left). Notice the Top Gun Miramar on Dane's left wrist.

The Last Ship stars Eric Dane as Captain Tom Chandler (right) and Adam Baldwin as Commander Mike Slattery (left). Notice the Top Gun Miramar on Dane’s left wrist.

Dane has a penchant for watches from the 146-year old Swiss brand, and has been spotted at public events wearing everything from an IWC Aquatimer chronograph to an IWC Da Vinci chronograph.

In this series, though, Dane is wearing an IWC Top Gun Miramar (picture below), which seems a somewhat peculiar choice given that the Big Pilot’s Watch series is positioned, and generally regarded, as a pilot’s watch versus something that a naval officer would wear.

The watch, reference IW388002, has a 46mm case and features a soft iron inner case to protect the movement from magnetic fields.

The watch, reference IW388002, has a 46mm case and features a soft iron inner case to protect the movement from magnetic fields.

The Top Gun Miramar is perhaps even more so an aviator’s watch as its name pays homage to the United Sates Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, which is popularly known as Topgun or TOPGUN. For a time, the program ran at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, a military installation located north of Downtown San Diego in the United States.

The IWC Top Gun Miramar is an interesting watch in itself, combining a multitude of colours quite tastefully. It hit the market back in 2012 and features ceramic hands, chapter ring and a polished case. It doesn’t boast a ceramic dial, crown (made of titanium) or buckle, so it isn’t as complete a ceramic watch as Omega’s Speedmaster Dark Side of The Moon.

IWC's Big Pilot's Watch family has always been associated with aviators versus mariners. This lifestyle shot from IWC makes it quite obvious.

IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watch family has always been associated with aviators versus mariners. This lifestyle shot from IWC makes it quite obvious.

As is typical of IWC’s Big Pilot watches, the Miramar is rather large at 46mm. That said, I haven’t had the opportunity to strap one to my wrist, so I can’t quite comment on whether it wears as large as its specifications say it is . Given its large case size, the watch also features an adequately large canvas strap and so appears well proportioned.

Within the watch sits IWC’s 89365 calibre, an in-house flyback automatic movement, which offers a 68-hour power reserve.

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5 Comments

  1. Brent

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    Last episode when he loses the watch, however, the second hand is Quartz. A fake . Go figure.

    • Jase

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      We haven’t seen the last episode yet but considering that Eric Dane is a known friend of the brand, it seems unlikely that it would be a fake.

  2. Rogin

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    Captain Chandler got it back in the most recent episode and there was a close up shot of it. Definitely a fake. Didn’t even say IWC on it.

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