IWC Schaffhausen takes its fans back to its younger years with this fabulous 1000 piece limited edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705”. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705” was made to commemorate the legendary Ceramic Fliegerchronograph (ref. 3705) from 1994. Characterised by its luminous indices and hands, which had aged over time to a warm orange, and case made of black zirconium oxide ceramic, the “Black Flieger” was winning collector’s hearts with its distinct neovintage charm, before fading into obscurity for almost a quarter of a century, Today this cult classic is one of the most sought-after models from IWC’s recent history.
Keeping in tune with its inspiration, the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705” features a 41mm case made of Ceratanium® (instead of ceramic), a material as light and unbreakable as titanium, but also as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic. It’s an ideal choice, scoring well for its high skin tolerance and a striking matte black colour. In addition to the case, the chronograph pushers, crown and pin buckle are also made of Ceratanium®. The sapphire glass, which is secured against displacement by drop in air pressure, is convex and has antireflective coating on both sides.
The dial layout of the watch retains the classic appeal of the Ceramic Fliegerchronograph (ref. 3705) of the 90s. Two totalizers at 9 and 12 o’clock display stop times of up to 12 hours, the small second is located at 6 o’clock. Another feature is the day and date display at 3 o’clock. The rhodium hands and indices on the bright blue background have a luminescent coating which give the watch superior legibility.When it comes to the Pilot’s Line, IWC has been especially successful at creating no-nonsense designs to make its offerings particularly interesting to that boy in every man.
While the original ref. 3705 was powered by the Valjoux calibre 7750, the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705” boasts sophisticated movement technology from Schaffhausen. Under the closed Ceratanium caseback, the in-house 69380 calibre is at work. This robust and precise chronograph movement in classic column wheel design is one of the latest developments from IWC’s engineers. A bi-directional pawl winding system reliably builds up a power reserve of 46 hours.