Produced from 1994 to 2005, Der Fliegerchronograph ref. 3706 was IWC’s first mechanical pilot’s chronograph, and one of the bestsellers during a period the AAA IWC Replica Watch was resolutely Swiss-German. Together with the Mark XII and Der Doppelchronograph, it marked the return of IWC pilot’s Replica Watches in the post-quartz era. All of them relied on the same design language, inspired by the Mark 11 made for the Royal Air Force in the 1950s.
With the Mark XII just having been remade, now it’s the turn of the Cheap IWC Replica Pilot’s Chronograph, as an online-only reissue of the original. The most significant difference is size, it’s now 43mm compared to 39mm before.
The design of the dial is virtually identical, right down to the day-date display. Unlike the current line-up of Swiss IWC Fake Watches, the reissue has baton hands, a slim typeface as well as a quarter-seconds track for measuring shorter periods of time – just like the original ref. 3706. In fact, it almost looks like how a 20-year old ref. 3706 would look today, with IWC Fake Watches faux-patina lume on the indices and hands that mimic the look of aged tritium.
And the remake is powered by IWC Replica the same movement, the cal. 79320, which is still based on the reliable Valjoux 7750. But because the case has been enlarged while the movement diameter stays the same.
As with all IWC pilot’s watches past and present, the movement is protected by a soft iron, antimagnetic inner cage.
IWC Pilot Chronograph Replica Watches came either on a leather strap or on the nicely finished stainless steel bracelet. IWC used a nicely finished ETA/Valjoux 7750 work-horse movement for that model and the dial had that typical 7750 lay-out, sub dials on 12, 9 and 6 o’clock. It was their 39mm reference 3706 model, long-time out of production now. It was followed-up by a 42mm version with small red seconds hand on 9 o’clock.
The case is made of ceramics and beautifully designed and finished. The influences of the earlier IWC Pilot Chronograph Fake watches are clearly there but have been super-sized. It sits nicely on the wrist and looks – to be honest – expensive. But I guess that is what most buyers of these watches expect it to be.
The black soft strap the watch comes on is very comfortable and feels like high quality. If I am not mistaken the strap I had for my IWC Ingenieur 3227 a few years ago was made of a similar material. Although the 39mm IWC Pilot Chronograph reference 3707 I mentioned above also came with a metal bracelet, I always considered the IWC Charming Fake Watches to belong on a leather strap, NATO strap or something like the IWC soft strap. In my opinion the stainless steel bracelet was beautiful, but perhaps a bit too “smooth” for a real tool watch like the Pilot Chronograph. The soft strap comes with an IWC folding clasp that works perfectly.
As I already mentioned, the black dial and white hands give a great contrast. The time is readable under almost all circumstances, which is exactly the point of a tool – in this case pilot’s – watch. The dial lay-out is a bit different from the other IWC Pilot Chronographs, as this model uses the in-house IWC Replica Watches caliber chronograph movement. This means the watch has two registers, located at 12 and 6 o’clock.The sub dials at 12 and 6 o’clock have nice circular grain and the small seconds hand has been filled with red color. The hands themselves are black, ensuring the high contrast.