The very fine and meticulously restored automatic IWC showcased in today's offering is powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 853 movement.
This mechanism's automatic winding system is a technical masterpiece, earning it high praise - Gisbert Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli in their work, Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets, proclaimed it "one of the best automatic movements ever built in Switzerland."
And the famous watchmaker Donald de Carle, in his book Complicated Watches and their Repair, stated that IWC's special automatic winding mechanism was "a simple and ingenious system, well constructed and beautifully finished."
IWC built the movement of this very fine wristwatch in 1963 at the same time they were building their famous Ingenieur line. These dress watches were more elegant than the pragmatic Ingenieur but shared the high-performance timekeeping qualities in normal wearing conditions. And compared to an Ingenieur, because they do not have a second inner back, the cases are thinner and lighter on the wrist.
At 36mm in diameter without the crown, it is full size, slightly larger than most similar IWC's and the same size as Rolex Datejust.
It is fully IWC down to the hands and signed crown. It has just finished a true expertly done restoration and presents as mint.
The dial has been meticulously refinished - the printing could pass as IWC factory done to the naked eye.
Note that the dial came out looking just a little brighter under the photography lights than it does in person.
The full size case presents as mint.
As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. It winds very smoothly and is running very true. It continues to keep near chronometer grade time in four testing positions.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a new leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Photos of the inside available upon request.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
A nearly six decade old IWC that amazingly looks like new on the wrist!
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 1,727,961
Case no.: 1,806,961
Model: Ref. 648A
Year built: 1963
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 36mm wide (without crown), 45mm lugs tip-to-tip
Case condition: Presents as mint with some aging like most of these have hidden underneath the case back
Case markings (inside): International Watch Co., Swiss, Staybrite, Steel, IWC logo and case number
Dial: Royal blue, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes, outer minute track, expertly restored. Note that the dial came out looking just a little brighter under the photography lights than it does in person.
Hands: Original, steel dauphines
Jewels: 21 rubies
Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Movement: IWC caliber 853, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
Serviced: Yes, freshly fully serviced by a Master Watchmaker. It winds very smoothly and and is running very true.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It continues to keep near chronometer grade time in four testing positions. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.