A rare and attractive limited edition ceramic and stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with day and date, accompanied by an guarantee and presentation box

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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: 1997
    Reference No: 3705
    Movement No: 2'550'986
    Case No: 2'622'877
    Model Name: Der Fliegerchronograph
    Material: Ceramic and stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 7912, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by IWC International Guarantee dated July 2001, white leather presentation box, two additional straps, product literature, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    IWC’s Der Fliegerchronograph wristwatch has had a renaissance in the past few years as collectors become aware of its historical importance and its overall attractive and classic appeal. Released in 1994 and remaining in production until 1998, only 999 examples of this timepiece were made. The watch was the brain child of Günter Blümlein, who in the 1980s and 1990s, was integral to the turnaround and re-building of the IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and A. Lange & Söhne brands. A visionary, he transformed them through strong managerial skills and attention to detail and form, producing some of the most innovative and trendsetting watches available on the market. The use of unconventional materials for watch cases had been seen in the past, for example, Rado’s use of tungsten carbide in the 1960s, However, IWC’s use of zirconium oxide ceramic in the early 1990s as a case material was unprecedented.

    The reference 3705 has a masculine, sexy appeal and is today a very rare modern chronograph. The fully compressed and moulded ceramic case is sharp and has a bold look with its dark grey hue. It is a watch that harks back to the traditional past of horology but was made with cutting edge technology and materials of the era in which it was produced. The present example is offered in excellent condition and is enhanced by the accompanying international guarantee and presentation box. The watch remains in factory-original condition with few signs of wear since it was first manufactured in 1997. The Fliegerchronograph is noteworthy for its early and innovative use of ceramic, and its size and durability make it a perfect watch to be worn and enjoyed.

  • Maker Bio

    IWC

    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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IWC

Ref. 3705
A rare and attractive limited edition ceramic and stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with day and date, accompanied by an guarantee and presentation box

1997
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

Estimate
$6,000 - 12,000 
CHF6,000-11,900
€5,400-10,900
HK$46,900-93,900

sold for $25,000

Contact Specialist
Paul Boutros
Head of Watches, Americas & International Strategy Advisor
Senior Vice President
+1 212 940 1293
pboutros@phillips.com

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New York Auction 10 December 2019