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IWC Fliegerchronograph ref. 3741 mecha-quartz with original certificate of guarantee and papers

IWC Fliegerchronograph ref. 3741 mecha-quartz with original certificate of guarantee and papers

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Maker: IWC
Model: Fleigerchronograph
Reference: 3741
Year: January, 1992
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 36mm diameter; 10.4mm thickness; 44mm lug to lug
Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Lume: Tritium
Caliber: JLC quartz caliber 631
Service history: June 2023, chronograph seconds hands replaced
Bracelet/Strap: IWC original stainless steel bracelet
Lug Width: 18mm
Box/Papers: IWC service case with original certificate of guarantee and papers.

Much like its Richemont brother Jaeger-LeCoultre, the history of IWC is closely intertwined with Günter Blümlein. In 1980 Blümlein, an engineer by trade became the head of Les Manufactures Horlogères, an umbrella company that the German precision instrument company VDO Adolf Schindling AG formed to manage its newly acquired portfolio of two watchmaking companies: IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. The year Blümlein took over LMH marked the beginning of the great turnaround for IWC. Under the supervision of Blümlein, engineering was put front and center and IWC was marketed as an unabashedly masculine manufacturer of no-nonsense timepieces. One of his greatest decision was to make the iconic Flieger watch available to the general public. Formerly, the Mark XI, which had been in production since 1948, was only offered to military and civilian pilots. The 1989 Pilot’s Watch range was finally made widely available with the introduction of the reference 3740 and 3741 Flieger Chronograph watches powered by a Jaeger-LeCoultre meca-quartz movement - a stark reflection of the predominance of quartz technology at the time,

This reference 3741 IWC fliegerchronograph ticks all the boxes for a collector looking for a Blümlein era IWC collectible and attractive neo-vintage time piece. The carefully designed stainless steel case measures at 36mm and is only 10.4mm thick due to the JLC quartz movement that it employs. The tritium lume has aged beautifully on the dial and hands. One of the main attractions of this particular watch is the original IWC 12 linked Milanese bracelet. The early 12 linked bracelets are quite difficult to find and in our humble opinion, the most attractive out of all steel bracelets that IWC supplied on its Pilots watch range throughout the years.

Overall this IWC Flieger Chronograph is in great vintage condition. Although it was some small dings and scratches (as can be expected from a watch this age), the case is strong with sharp edges and thick lugs. The caseback is also in great condition. The dial, hand set, crown, and sapphire crystal are all in good condition. The original white chronograph seconds hand was replaced during servicing for better chronograph functionality. The watch comes with the original white chronograph seconds hand. Everything else on the watch is fully original. The watch comes with its original IWC 12 linked Milanese bracelet which is in excellent condition with all the links tight. It comes with its full links and can fit up to a 18cm (7 inch) wrist.

The watch was fully serviced by our watch maker in June 2023 and was fitted with a new battery. The watch is keeping great time and the chronograph function is working perfectly.

The watch comes with its original papers along with its original certificate of guarantee date January of 1992. The case serial number matches with that on the certificate of guarantee. This watch also comes with a IWC service pouch which was provided when the watch was serviced at IWC in the past.

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