PAM 382, which was published by Panerai several years ago, is still very hot today, its replica made by VS factory is also one of the best-selling replica Panerai watches. But since 2019, we did not see too many new PAMs in the market, while IWC has become the main role in recent two months, I posted reviews on several new IWC watches here before, one of them is IWC Pilot Spitfire MJ271, which comes from XF factory and made of bronze. Today, I want to introduce another bronze watch from IWC, it is a Pilot Chrono Spitfire model, with reference of IW387902. Different from previous Spitfire MJ271, this IWC Bronze replica watch is made by Z factory, we usually call it ZF.
I do not know why ZF and XF made two bronze watches at the same time, maybe they saw the potential sales of such watch because the big success of PAM 382 Bronzo. Hope they are right, although they still have not made the two IWC Bronze watches popular.
IW387902 is a Pilot Chrono watch, ZF installed an Asia Valjoux 7750 movement inside that can achieve a full chronograph function. Actually Asia Valjoux 7750 is a very common Chinese chronograph movement, but it is very stable, having been used as a basic calibre for chronograph watches for years since the birth of replica watch industry, the stability of this movement has been tested to be extremely high.
Let’s back to the most important parts of the watch, its case and dial. 43mm case is not large, but that does not include the size of crown and chrono buttons. The case is made of solid bronze, it is brushed, the bronze will be oxidated, so you will see some changes happen on the bronze case when time goes by. Case back is not bronze, it is stainless steel and have been engraved with a big aeroplan on the center.
Green dial has hours, minutes, small seconds, day, date and chronograph counters, so many things, but the dial does not look busy, however, it has a high readability. Arabic numeral markers are in white, which is highly contrast with the green background. The tone of luminescence applied on markers of 3, 6, 9 and 12, as well as the golden edge of hands, they are exactly in line with the bronze tone on the case.
By the way, the replica watch uses a brown leather strap, which is made of high quality calf skin leather. The brown leather band has a super soft texture, which is very comfortable to wear. Besides, the buckle attached on the band is also made of bronze, there are the same engravings as genuine on this bronze buckle. ZF does not offer other strap options for this watch, in my opinion, a green nylon band is also very suitable for this IWC.