Presenting: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph reference IW377724


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Renowned Swiss watchmaker IWC has a long and rich history of manufacturing pilot’s watches. Since 1936, and the introduction of the “Special Pilot’s Watch”, the Schaffhausen-based brand has released numerous models for both aviation professionals and enthusiasts. Many collectors consider IWC’s Pilot’s watches to be the most sought-after aviator watches in Haute Horlogerie. One of the more historic models from this range is the 1994 reference 3706 – IWC’s first mechanical Pilot’s Chronograph. The Fliegerchronograph 3706 proved to be an immense success, reigniting the pilot’s watch trend and further cementing the brand’s position in this category.

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The original 1994 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph ref. 3706

 

Today, IWC is proud to announce new version of this historic watch – the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph ref. IW377724. Priced at $4,950, this vintage-inspired timepiece is available exclusively from the brand’s website (US only) until September 2018. After this period, the watch will be available at other points of sale. With this strategy, IWC aims to attract a new group of consumers (Millennials, I presume? :D ) and draw more attention to its online store which started operating in 2017. An approach that more and more watchmakers take these days.

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The watch is, for now, only available in the USA through the brand’s website

 

With the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph ref. IW377724, IWC is returning to the iconic design of the very first Pilot’s Chronograph. Just like the original, the 2018 model features a black dial with a quarter-seconds scale for measuring shorter periods of time, and rectangular, luminous hands. The rhodium-plated hands as well as the 4 hour markers (rectangles at 3, 6, 9, and a triangle at 12 o’clock) are all coated with a beige luminous material, making them easily readable, even at night. This particular lume was chosen to mimic the appearance of the aged tritium used on the original reference 3706. Clean and highly legible, the black dial features white Arabic numerals. There are three snailed counters: small seconds at 9, 30-minute chronograph counter at 12, and 12-hour chronograph counter at 6 o’clock. Completing the dial are the day and date apertures, both positioned at 3 o’clock.

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The beige lume mimics the appearance of the aged tritium used on the original model

 

The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph ref. IW377724 is housed in a 43mm stainless steel case. The watch is water resistant to 60 meters and features large crown/pushers and solid stainless steel case back. The sapphire crystal on the front is double AR-coated and specially secured against displacement caused by sudden drops in air pressure in the cockpit. Inside the watch we have the calibre 79320 with 25 jewels. Based on the ETA 7750, this robust chronograph movement enables the watch to be used as a stopwatch and for aggregate timing of up to 12 hours. Like all IWC movements, it is protected against magnetic fields by a soft iron cage. The calibre 79320 works at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 44 hours. Completing the brand’s latest Pilot’s Watch is a sporty green textile strap reinforced with leather on critical areas, and secured with a stainless steel pin buckle. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph ref. IW377724 comes in a special presentation box.

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The timepiece comes on a sporty green textile strap

 

 

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