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Exactly! Couldn't agree more.

IIRC, the 3227 was far more popular back in the day. Meaning, it got more love on forums, etc. at the time compared to whatever affection the 3239 received during its brief moment in the sun.

I do like the font on those numerals (and the texture is also nice) but overall would porbably opt for the stick version myself.
 

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Virtually all OEM straps are padded these days. For whatever reason, it’s come to be what people expect. Also, I suspect unlined straps made with thicker hides are simply costlier. Even the tippy-top watch brands don’t spec the highest end options from strap makers, so clearly they believe it is an area they can slip by with lower quality.
It depends upon the watch case. I recently bought a JLC Ultra Thin and it came with a relatively thin JLC croc band. And if wearing a more delicate watch -- Cartier Tank, a PP Calatrava, etc. -- I'll wear an unpadded band. But, if I'm wearing a beefier watch -- Breguet Type XX, IWC Fleiger, etc -- I'm going to want a padded band to work with that thick case.
 
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My knock around watch used to be an IWC Flieger. I'm guessing I got it in the 90's. My nephew moved the hands backward through midnight and caused a problem. It has been sitting in the watch box for a few years now and needs to be sent back to IWC for repairs and an service. This happened once before and the repair was high three figures. Worth it to have it repaired again? Thoughts?
 

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My knock around watch used to be an IWC Flieger. I'm guessing I got it in the 90's. Some time back my nephew moved the time backward through midnight and caused a problem. It has been sitting in the watch box for some years now and needs to be sent back to IWC for repairs and an service. This happened once before and the repair was high three figures. Worth it to have it repaired again? Thoughts?
Is it a 3706? I had the same one on a bracelet. I wish I'd never sold it.

I'd imagine that a decent local watchmaker could service it given that the 7750 was so common.
 
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My knock around watch used to be an IWC Flieger. I'm guessing I got it in the 90's. Some time back my nephew moved the time backward through midnight and caused a problem. It has been sitting in the watch box for some years now and needs to be sent back to IWC for repairs and an service. This happened once before and the repair was high three figures. Worth it to have it repaired again? Thoughts?
That is a beautiful watch.

Imo, for <$1K, it is definitely worth repairing unless the problem is some recurring one that is only being band-aided for $1K. The watch is a classic, and you must like it. What are good working used ones in the same aesthetic condition as yours selling for on the market these days, $3.5K-$5K?

I'd imagine that a decent local watchmaker could service it given that the 7750 was so common.
IWC modified their 7750s though, so I'm not sure I would give the job to a local watchmaker unless he/she assured me that the repair only required standard 7750 parts or that the IWC bits could in fact be procured.
 
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Ouch...that sucks. Especially to experience the same problem twice!

To me, yes it's worth repairing if you honestly think it will get wrist time again. There's a reason you loved it in the first place :colgate:
 
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Is it a 3706? I had the same one on a bracelet. I wish I'd never sold it.

I'd imagine that a decent local watchmaker could service it given that the 7750 was so common.
It is a 3706. I do have a soft spot for it.


That is a beautiful watch.

Imo, for <$1K, it is definitely worth repairing unless the problem is some recurring one that is only being band-aided for $1K. The watch is a classic, and you must like it. What are good working used ones in the same aesthetic condition as yours selling for on the market these days, $3.5K-$5K?

IWC modified their 7750s though, so I'm not sure I would give the job to a local watchmaker unless he/she assured me that the repair only required standard 7750 parts or that the IWC bits could in fact be procured.
Thank you. I'll probably send it back to IWC given that it needs a repair in addition to a service.
 

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It is a 3706. I do have a soft spot for it.

Thank you. I'll probably send it back to IWC given that it needs a repair in addition to a service.
I don't think you will regret that choice, if you intend to wear the watch again, Plus, you already have three beautiful straps for it.

If you're intent on keeping/wearing, repair would be a wise investment. If you intend to sell, do not bother with the repairs, just sell as is. One generally never recoups repair expenses at near 1:1 even if selling the very day after picking up the watch.
 

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I just found a small stack of IWC hardcover catalogs from 2001-2008 in a bookcase in my office. I wanted the Aquatimer 3536 so badly. Anybody ever own one?

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I have one of those hardback books from 2003/4, that has some of my favourite offerings from when IWC made nice watches: My personal favourite of all their watches, the Mark XV (which I have), this, their best ever Aquatimer (which I prefer in titanium like in these photos), and the above mentioned chrono 3706, which along with only one or two other chronos from other brands, is a chrono I would actually consider wearing.
 

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I had the same one on a bracelet.
Guess what I just found?

I'm remembering I bought it on a leather band -- at Prince Jewelry in Hong Kong -- and later bought the bracelet when I was back in the US.
 

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I have one of those hardback books from 2003/4, that has some of my favourite offerings from when IWC made nice watches: My personal favourite of all their watches, the Mark XV (which I have), this, their best ever Aquatimer (which I prefer in titanium like in these photos), and the above mentioned chrono 3706, which along with only one or two other chronos from other brands, is a chrono I would actually consider wearing.
That era was a great one for IWC. One could fill more than a few slots in a collection by going with the models you selected. Just to add a bit of complication, maybe throw in the 3711/3713 Doppelchronograph and I'd be covered for almost anything.

Guess what I just found.

I'm remembering I bought it on a leather band -- at Prince Jewelry in Hong Kong -- and later bought the bracelet when I was back in the US.
Great find!! That "beads of rice" bracelet is one of the most comfortable I've ever worn and it looks amazing. You even have the bracelet sizing tools :fistbump:.

If you ever decide to move that one along, I'd consider giving it a good home :) .
 

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I am a big fan of 3227 and it's variants. Had probably posted before, but would not hurt to do again. I was almost buying another 3227 last week, glad it was sold before I confirmed the trade with the seller.

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