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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 11, 2019

LOT 85

IWC, REF. 3705, FLIEGERCHRONOGRAPH, CERAMIC

A very fine and rare, self-winding, ceramic chronograph wristwatch with day and date.

Brand IWC

Model Fliegerchronograph

Reference 3705

Year Sold at Bucherer in 1994

Calibre  7902

Bracelet Leather with stainless steel IWC buckle

Dimensions 39 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement.

Accessories Original fitted box, blank warranty card, booklet and extract from the archives

CHF 10,000 - 20,000

HKD 80,000 - 160,000 / USD 10,000 - 20,000

Sold: CHF 20,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Notes

 The IWC Fliegerchronograph was one of the first ceramic made chronographs (an earlier model of the Da Vinci did exist) and quickly found a cult following among IWC collectors. Known to be extremely difficult to work with and prone to scratching combined with a high retail price at the time of launch, some estimate its total 2/3 years production run to around 1000 pieces. This particular example is in close to new condition showing no scratches, perfect case numbers on the caseback, a mint original dial with nice matching patina to the dial and hands and as it should, German calendar disks as the watch was sold through Bucherer. Without a doubt the most collectible “youngtimer” watch by IWC as reflected by current collectors demand.