IWC Reintroduces 1990s Ceramic Icon As Limited Edition

Not all icons are born as one. Some need a period in which their true potential is recognized before they gain their intended status. This is most certainly true for the IWC Fliegerchronograph ref.3705, which the brand launched in 1994. Already in the 1980s was IWC a pioneer in the field of ceramic, using it, for example, for their Da Vinci perpetual calendar chronograph, another one of their icons. The ref.3705 was the first Fliegerchronograph to be fitted with a ceramic case. It resulted in a watch that had a very clean and utilitarian look. As it was never produced in vast numbers, the watch became a rarity known mainly by die-hard IWC collectors.

By Martin Green