The very fine and meticulously restored automatic IWC featured as the Watch of the Week is 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."
IWC built the movement of this very fine wristwatch in 1958 at the same 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.
The watch is in gorgeous true expertly restored condition and presents as mint on the wrist.
The dial is a perfect refinishing. The full size case presents as just short mint with one small pitting spot under the lug and pitting hidden under the case back. As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly fully overhauled and is running very accurately.
The parts of the watch are fully original down to the dial, hands, and winding crown. For the finishing touch we have equipped the watch with a brand new leather strap.
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.
An almost six and decade old IWC that looks nearly like new on the wrist!
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 1,472,205
Case no.: 1,490,075
Case condition: It presents as mint on the wrist. Overall when assembled it presents as just short mint with one small pitting spot under the lug. It also has pitting around the inner case body hidden under the case back.
Year built (movement): 1958
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 35mm wide (without crown), 42mm lugs tip-to-tip
Dial: Gloss white, Signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, black painted Roman indexes, outer minute track, perfectly refinished
Hands: Original, steel dauphines
Jewels: 21 rubies
Bands: Leather alligator grain strap. Brand new and unused. We also stock lizard and other skin straps.
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, cleaned and oiled.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. 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 warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.