1961 IWC Vintage Mens Full Size Watch, Cal. 853 Automatic - 18K Gold

IWC

Item No. 7703ST

Today's offering showcases this very fine automatic IWC 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." 

The famous watchmaker Donald de Carle, in his book Complicated Watches and their Repair, remarked that IWC's special automatic winding mechanism was "a simple and ingenious system, well constructed and beautifully finished."

IWC built this watch in 1963 at the same time they were building their famous Ingenieur line. It is full size with a 35mm diameter, one millimeter smaller than a mens Datejust.

It has just finished a true expertly done restoration. It is fully IWC down to all hands and the winding crown and presents in gorgeous condition.

Its full size case presents as just short of perfect mint. The only wear is a bit between the top lugs covered by the band. On the wrist it presents as mint. Its dial has been meticulously refinished - its gilt printing could pass as IWC factory done.

Despite what the photos seem to suggest, the hands are a perfect matching 18K gold to the case and rest of the dial.

As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly expertly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. Please inquire if you would like photos of the inside.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

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 more than five and a half decade old IWC that looks like new on the wrist!

  • Manufacturer: IWC
  • City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 1,564,343
  • Year built: 1961
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men 
  • Dial: White to very light cream color, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes, outer minute track, expert refinishing. Despite what the photos seem to suggest, the hands are a perfect matching 18K gold to the case and rest of the dial.
  • Dimensions: 35mm wide (without crown), 42mm lugs tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Original, gold dauphines - despite what the photos seem to suggest, they are a perfect matching 18K gold to the case and rest of the dial.
  • Case markings (inside): International Watch Co., Swiss, 1609793, 18K
  • Case condition: Just short of perfect mint. The only wear is a bit between the top lugs covered by the band. On the wrist it presents as mint.
  • Jewels: 21 rubies
  • Band: Leather lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, vintage/original, excellent condition
  • Movement: IWC caliber 853, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
  • Movement markings: International Watch Co., Swiss, C. 853, 21 Jewels, Pat Appl.
  • Serviced: Yes, freshly fully overhauled by a Master Watchmaker.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.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.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide

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