IWC Pilot Chronograph

Limited Edition IWC Chronograph Pays Tribute to the ’94 “Black Flieger”

Travel back in time with IWC Schaffhausen as they pay tribute to 3705 with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition. Honouring the legendary Ceramic Fliegerchronograph, better known as the 1994 ‘Black Flieger’, the expert horologists have plucked this cult classic from obscurity to create one of the most sought after models in IWC history. Faithfully replicated, recreated, and restricted to 1,000 pieces, this is the IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705” in all its glory.

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IWC black flieger

Released in 1994 the “IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik” was the first IWC Pilot’s Watch with a case made of black zirconium oxide ceramic. Despite standing out from the rest, with its highly innovative and unique case design, the ref. 3705 did not achieve the same success as its contemporaries. With only 1,000 pieces produced before it was quietly discontinued, the chronograph would fall into obscurity, before its eventual revival among horologist collectors.

Catching the attention of a select group of online watch enthusiasts, the ref. 3705, better known as the “Black Flieger” was not your standard watch release. Featuring luminous indices and hands that would age over time into a warmer tone of orange, a neo-vintage charm that captured the hearts of collectors worldwide. This once-forgotten chronograph reached its peak after a single piece from the personal collection of former IWC director Günter Blümlein was auctioned for a staggering USD$53,750. Boasting an iconic black ceramic case, the Black Flieger is a testament to the expertise of the IWC.

IWC black flieger

Maintaining its extensive expertise with watchmaking materials, the newly released Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705” (Ref. 387905) swaps out the black zirconium oxide ceramic for Ceratanium. This IWC-developed material is light and robust like titanium while maintaining a similarly hard and scratch-resistance like its ceramic predecessor. Again limited to 1,000 pieces, this exclusive timepiece brings back everything that made the original such a cult classic. Replicating the original 1994 dial in its entirety, where the watch begins to differ is in the movement.

Previously powered by the Valjoux calibre 7750, the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705” boasts an in-house 69380 calibre inside its 41-millimetre case. Coupled with a bi-directional pawl winding system, the “Tribute to 3705” can reliably build up a power reserve of 46 hours.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute to 3705” will be made available exclusively through IWC.com, WeChat, YNAP, and the official flagship store on Tmall.

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IWC black flieger

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