'Safari' Tribute to 5002

'Safari' Tribute to 5002

Reference
IW501007 IW5010-07
Case Material
Titanium
Original Release
2018
Limited edition
LE 100
Movement
Automatic
Numbering
Individual Numbered, position TBC
Dial color
Black
Size
46.0mm diameter 15.5mm height
Calibre
52110
Original Strap
Buffalo with rivets
In June 2017, IWC CEO Chris Grainger-Herr posted on instagram wearing a one-off 5002 in matte titanium (one of the posts was whilst on a Safari in South Africa). The watch garnered significant instant interest and in a light-hearted challenge to followers to prove enough demand for a limited production run, collectors led by IWC Collectors Forum Editor (and Moderator Emeritus) Michael Friedberg quickly proved such demand via direct instagram responses to CGH. CGH responded positively to collectors officially announcing in September 2017 that a special edition of 100 would be manufactured for release in Spring 2018.

The watch is visually similar to the 5002 bar the hour & minute hands of the 5004 / 5009, matte titanium case material, and date window (white dates on black background, and white outline). It is yet unknown if the crown will also have a 'fish crown' similar to the original 5002.