This 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 the 85x series "one of the best automatic movements ever built in Switzerland."
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 fine wristwatch in 1961 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.
It has 100% IWC parts down to the hands and winding crown. It has just finished a true expertly done restoration and presents in gorgeous condition - a 9.5 out of 10. Our photos couldn't begin to do it justice!
Its full size case with water-resistant design presents as mint with a few tiny hairlines on the back. Its dial has been meticulously restored - the printing could pass as IWC factory done to the naked eye.
Note that the case back has been snapped on straight since the photos were taken.
As part of the restoration the movement has been overhauled by a Master Watchmaker, and it winds very smoothly. It is running amazingly strong and true, keeping time on par with a new IWC in our testing position.
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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One has done contract work for IWC and their Richemont Service Center and also used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker for a Rolex authorized dealer.
For the finishing touch, we have equipped it with a 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 six decade old IWC that amazingly looks like new!
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 1,578,563
Year built: 1961
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 34.5mm wide (without crown), 40mm lugs tip-to-tip
Case material: Stainless steel
Case condition: Presents as mint. Only slight aging inside the engine bay as is common with these.
Dial: Gloss black, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes outer minute track, expertly restored
Hands: Original, steel dauphines
Movement type: IWC caliber 853, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
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: Acrylic, appears original, excellent condition
Serviced: Yes, overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. It winds smoothly.
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running amazingly strong and true, keeping time on par with a new IWC in our testing position.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One has done contract work for IWC and their Richemont Service Center and also used to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker for a Rolex authorized dealer.
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.