IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 3717

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IWC Pilot's Watch Chrono-Automatic, stainless steel
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chrono-Automatic, red gold
© IWC

The Pilot's Watch Chronograph (Ref. 3717) was a pilot's watch automatic chronograph produced by IWC from 2006 through 2012.

Overview

The legendary IWC Mark XI aviator's watch was a "cult watch". Produced from 1948 until the early eighties, the Mark XI was never available to the public. Sensing an opportunity in the 1990s, IWC introduced a civilian version in 1993, the Mark XII. But this was not the first civilian "flieger" from IWC. In 1988 the company introduced the Pilot's Watch Chronograph Mechaquartz model, with a Doppelchronograph added in 1992. The Mechaquartz was replaced by the Pilot's Watch Chronograph, Ref. 3706 in 1994. This would be the main chronograph model for over a decade.

The mainstream Pilot's Watch Chronograph was completely updated in 2006 becoming this Ref. 3717 model. The case was enlarged from 39 mm to 42 mm in keeping with current trends, the dial was updated with deep subdials, and the look was modified to match the XVI, which was launched the same year. The movement, although still based on the ETA 7750, was updated with Triovis regulation and refinished with nickel plating to become the Cal. 79320.

The Pilot's Watch Chronograph was updated in 2012 with a new 43 mm case to become the Ref. 3777. Additionally, the new Ref. 3878 introduced a two-register in-house movement. All Ref. 3717 models were discontinued at this time.

References:

IW3717-01: (2006-2012) Stainless steel case, black dial with white markings, black crocodile strap
IW3717-02: "Spitfire" (2006-2012) Stainless steel case, silver dial with applied markers, brown crocodile strap
IW3717-04: (2006-2012) Stainless steel case, black dial with white markings, steel bracelet
IW3717-05: "Spitfire" (2006-2012) Stainless steel case, silver dial with applied markers, steel bracelet
IW3717-09: "Antoine de Saint-Exupery" (2006) Stainless steel case, brown dial with applied markers, black leather strap, limited edition of 1,630 pieces
IW3717-11: "Antoine de Saint-Exupery" (2006) Rose gold case, brown dial with applied markers, black leather strap, limited edition of 250 pieces
IW3717-12: "Laureus" (2007) Stainless steel case, blue "Spitfire" dial with applied markers, blue crocodile strap, limited edition of 2,500 pieces
IW3717-13: (2006-2012) Rose gold case, black dial, brown crocodile strap

Movement:

Automatic chronograph calibre Cal. 79320

Case:

Stainless steel or ceramic
Ø 42 mm
H 14.7 mm
Screw-down caseback in stainless steel

Dial:

Luminous indexes (triangle at 12 o'clock)
Arabic numerals
Steel hours and minutes hand, coated with luminous color
Painted seconds hands

Functions:

Hours, minutes
Chronograph seconds hand
Day and date window at 3:00
Chronograph hours at 6:00
Small seconds at 9:00
Chronograph 30 minute counter at 12:00

Bracelet:

Metal bracelet or leather strap

Production:

Production: 2006 - 2012
Predecessor: IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 3706
Successor: IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 3777, IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 3878

See Also