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IWC Pilot's Watch Doppelchronograph Ref. 3713

Introduced first as the ref. 3711 in 1992 and then updated shortly after with the ref. 3713, the Doppelchronograph was IWC’s first double, or split seconds, chronograph, at its launch representing a clever rethinking of a high complication and laying the groundwork for the modern IWC Pilot's watch line and its now classic look.

At the center of the watch is its double chronograph mechanism (sometimes also known as a “rattrapante,” from the French rattraper, for the act of recovering and recapturing). Whereas a standard chronograph can time a single event, the double chronograph allows a person to time multiple events at once. In the 1990s Doppelchronograph, the feature wasn’t innovative because it was a new innovation for the time - in fact, it was first created in the 1830s and then later brought into a wristwatch by Patek Philippe as early as 1923 - but because IWC was able to redevelop the complication through a complex series of modifications on a common Valjoux 7750 movement. Much of this feat was possible thanks to then in-house designer Richard Habring, who was able to modulate the Valjoux in-turn to introduce the IWC caliber 79230. This mechanical accomplishment is arguably Habring most important watchmaking contribution to-date outside of his eponymous brand, with the IWC Doppelchronograph still standing a marvel in innovative mechanical thinking.

Outside of its mechanical intrigue, the 3713 has plenty of appeal elsewhere. Featuring what is now considered a classic IWC Pilot’s watch chronograph derived design, the Doppelchronograph is an understated haute horological phenom, bringing the luxurious double chronograph mechanism into a highly sporty and approachable design.
As it was offered during the switch from tritium luminous material to LumiNova at IWC, the ref. 3713 is found with both types of lume in the hands and on the dial. Earlier examples will patina as though they are a vintage watch while later, after roughly 1997, the numerals, hour markers, and hands will remain stark white.

This particular IWC Pilot Doppelchronograph is a LumiNova example and in overall excellent pre-owned condition, meaning there are very light signs of wear and some small scratches on the case that come with being lived with. The case is crisp with strong lines, a few nicks, and is unpolished in our view. The hands are believed to be older replacements from an IWC service. The strap is in very good condition with some signs of previous wear. The caseback is marked with the serial number "2875XXX." During our quality control check, any necessary adjustments are made to ensure the watch is functioning as intended.

The watch is delivered with an original IWC box.

*NOTE: Please be aware that this watch comes with an alligator leather strap as an accessory. If the watch is shipped to any international destination, we will not be able to include the alligator strap due to laws regarding the sale and shipment of exotic leather goods. In this case, we will include a fashiontourbillon.com strap.
Florentine Ariosto Jones founded International Watch Company in 1868. Prior to IWC, Jones was a director at E. Howard & Co. in Boston, MA. IWC was founded with the idea of combining American engineering capabilities with Swiss craftsmanship. IWC is the sole watch brand in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

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