Today's offering showcases this very fine automatic IWC featured 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 1961 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 has been restored and presents beautifully on the wrist - just short of mint. The soft 18K back is heavily dented.
The dial is a perfect refinishing. We believe the case to be original, although the restoration work has removed the markings from the back. The lug retains its original hallmark.
As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly overhauled and is running very true.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
A five decade old IWC that looks mint on the wrist!
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 1,580,118
Year built: 1961
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case condition: Presents as scratch-free. Depressions in the soft 18K back.
Dial: Royal blue with gold Roman numeral, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes outer minute track, perfect refinishing
Hands: Original, gold dauphines
Jewels: 21 rubies
Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock croc and lizard straps
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 overhauled.
Timing: Timed to precision on a computerized system.
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
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.