Nestled on the swiss german border in the town of schaffhausen, the international watch company has been making dedicated pilots watches for almost a century. The latest being this the pilot’s. Watch tribute to 3705.
here’s, how it would have never come to be, were it not for three keen rowers an airfield in croydon england and a desperate bid to avoid insolvency looking to buy, sell or exchange a premium watch visit watchfinder the pre-owned Watch specialist, a big thank you to every single person who watches and enjoys these videos.
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You’d, expect to see here, diving it’s, a well-told yarn that the affordability and practicality of the newly invented scuba apparatus gave the watchmakers of the 1950s. Something new to aspire to. Not only were the professionals braving the deep, but hobbyists too often considered the turning point that launched rolex into the stratosphere.
What you don’t hear so much about is flying a burgeoning mode of transport in the early 20th century. The process of aviation technology through the first world war ensured that the aeroplane was to become a permanent fixture of the modern world.
The role of professional pilot once just the fantasy of science fiction was by the 1930s a very real thing, and so too was aviation as a pastime. Granted there weren’t many afforded with the privilege to do so, but nevertheless, in 1933 the british private pilot’s.
License was established of the few able to take advantage of such a thing was one ernst, jacob homburger, who found himself the very same year, trangling down a grassy airfield in croydon just outside of london in a de havilland dh60 moth? How was hamburger able to afford such a thing to be flying for leisure, a mere 30 years after the vehicle’s, invention? He was a businessman experienced in trade across the globe, from london to zurich and even the west indies, when he was in switzerland, he was recruited by piping company george fisher to oversee the development of a hydroelectric generation plant on the river rhine.
The base of operations was in shaffhausen. This was when he met his wife to be bertha rauschenbach. The hydroelectric plant was to bring prosperity to schaffhausen, providing cheap power from which bertha’s.
Father’s. Factory could run her. Father was johan. Rauschenbach shenk owner of the international watch company, when johan died, hamburger his wife, her sister and her sister’s. Husband collectively took ownership of iwc with hamburger becoming sole owner at the end of the 1920s.
It was his company to do as he pleased with and as he completed his private pilot’s license in 1933. His three sons also keen aviators and champion rowers, had an idea. Switzerland, wasn’t to roll out its own private pilot’s, license until three years later and hamburger’s.
Three sons, hans alexander and rudolph, collectively agreed that iwc should be the one to make the watch. Every new pilot should wear, and so the special watch for pilots was born, an instrument with shatterproof glass, a rotating bezel with timing index, anti-magnetic, escapement, luminescent, hands and numerals, and an operational range of minus 40 to plus 40 degrees celsius upon the maiden flight of the Supermarine spitfire, the special watch for pilots was created and history was made.
Little did the hamburgers know at the time that some 50 years later, the international watch company wouldn’t be making history so much as almost becoming a part of it. It was 1988 and technological change had rendered iwc’s, mechanical watches, a thing of the past.
The new technology was caught and iwc had to either embrace it or be left behind, and iwc was just one wrong move away from being left behind the iwc pilot’s. Watch had since its 1936 inception been through many iterations, but it hadn’t been available to the public for a long time since that original famed restructuring, expert gunta bloomline had been recruited to attempt to turn the fortunes of iwc around and for that He turned his attention to the pilot’s.
Watch fitted with a mecha quartz movement from zhejolikout, whose fate also lay in bloomline’s; hands iwc released the fleega chronograph 3740. The pilot’s watch chronograph, and this time it was available to the public.
In a way the pilot ‘ S watch had come full circle. Both watches marked a turning point in technology, both fulfilled the same need for a pilot’s, watch to be durable and rugged with the ability to record time, but this time it wouldn’t necessarily be pilots purchasing this watch, but those Who aspired to iwc’s aviation heritage fortune smiled upon the watchmaker and at the end of the flight? Chronograph’s run in 1992 bloomline commissioned one last limited run of the watch that had bridged the gap between the professional and the enthusiast.
This time it would be the ultimate interpretation now with an automatic movement by popular demand, but also featuring exotic materials. Such as titanium and zirconium oxide ceramic, it was the iwc flicker chronograph ceramic 3705.
The production on the 3705 ran for only four years, with just under a thousand watches ever produced losing out in popularity over the more affordable steel 3706. It wasn’t to be known back then, but this daring venture into materials unknown would set a precedent for the future of the company.
One honored today by this pilot’s. Watch chronograph edition tribute to 3705 iw387905. It wouldn’t be enough to simply remake the 3705, so iwc has chosen to upgrade the original ceramic to a new heat-treated alloy of titanium called serotanium in the furnace.
Oxygen is introduced to the titanium alloy, giving the outer layer of the 41 millimeter case not only extreme hardness and scratch resistance like ceramic, but also a deep black color. Just like the original 3705 there’s, also an in-house movement, the caliber 69380, which takes the original away from its dependence on supplied movements, namely the valjoux 7750 iwc’s.
Legacy isn’t, one that can be measured by the smoothness of its sailing. It’s, not been an easy journey to the present day, but the stories that can be told in the getting there make it all worth a while from that 1936 dream of a future in aviation to a look back to a troubled period of Iwc’s history.
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