3741 IWC Mecha-Quartz Fliegerchronograph
It’s neo-vintage, but not what that title usually brings to mind. It’s like when someone says muscle cars and the C63 enters the conversation. It fits the category perfectly, but no one thinks Mercedes. It’s an IWC that hits all the pleasure receptors where modern watches often can’t: swathes of tritium, 36mm case, and a restrained dial with extreme legibility, but constantly proves utterly polarizing. And it’s not just the 4:30 date, this a mecha-quartz which presents massive value today. Ever feel envy towards though who picked up an Oysterquartz 10 years ago? Here’s the IWC equivalent, pre-inflation.
The 3740 came out of IWC’s resurrection under Günter Blümlein and LMH, where engineering with Teutonic precision was worshipped as the central tenet of IWC’s philosophy. The resulting timepieces were somewhat unashamedly masculine in design; as controversial as that feels to write today, the aesthetics drove toward that direction as did their rather questionable marketing campaigns (worth a google or stop by Ad Patina). We’ve all come a long way, although I can’t help but feel the strong sense of direction IWC demonstrated in this era has faltered wanderingly slightly in recent years.
To support its restrained proportion, IWC utilized a Jaeger-LeCoultre 631 mecha-quartz which allowed the 3741 to be 10.4mm thin, as opposed to the contemporary mechanical 3706 chronograph’s 14.6mm. Its build quality was superb. This wears like a watch 10X its value. The subdials have unique tracks, each distinct in line weight and design. IWC’s signature feels perfectly judged in proportion. This example’s original Milanese bracelet adds a touch of elegance to an otherwise downright purposeful instrument. Amongst those paying close attention, who are open to electrons as a power source, the 3740 is quickly approaching cult classic status.
This example is in excellent condition. The case is full, its dial is excellent with a lovely cream patina, and the I see no significant bashes. It was recently serviced, has a fresh battery, and even comes with all original papers that match in serial numbers. It is being offered by a well-regarded Japanese retailer.