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 1960 at the same they were building their famous Ingenieur line. It is full size with a 35mm diameter, one millimeter smaller than a mens Datejust.
It just has finished a true expertly done restoration. It is fully IWC down to all hands and its original winding crown and presents in gorgeous condition. Our photos couldn't do it justice.
Its dial has been meticulously restored - its gilt printing could pass as IWC factory done.
Its full size case presents as mint.
As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. It winds smoothly. Photos of the inside available upon request.
Incredibly after more than 60 years, it continues to keep like new chronometer grade time in our testing position.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new calfskin 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 six decade old IWC that looks like new on the wrist!
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 1,530,429
Year built: 1960
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Dial: Gloss black, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes outer minute track, expertly restored
Dimensions: 35mm wide (without crown), 42mm lugs tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, gold dauphines
Case markings (inside): International Watch Co., Swiss, 1,550,329, 18K
Case condition: Mint
Jewels: 21 rubies
Band: Java lizard , fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. The current band on the watch is nearly identical but just slightly different than the one shown in the photos. We also stock 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
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. Incredibly after more than 60 years, it continues to keep like new chronometer grade time in our testing position.
Warranty: 1-year international 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.