1963 IWC Vintage Full Size Mens Tropical Case Watch, Cal. 854 Automatic - 14K Gold & Stainless Steel


Item No. 5913

Today's offering showcases this all original and uncommon "tropical cased" automatic IWC powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 854 movement.

IWC crafted its case in a so-called "tropical or hypo allergenic style", using mixed case materials. It has a classic and understated style with solid 14K gold top and stainless steel back.

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."

And 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 it in 1963 at the same they were building their famous Ingenieur line and with equipped it with the same movement. These dress watches are more elegant than the pragmatic Ingenieur but share similar 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.

At 34mm in diameter, it is the size of a Rolex Date model.

It is in original condition, fully original down to the dial, hands, and original fish signed crown. It presents nicely on the wrist. As is not surprising, the back shows spots of corrosion from aging most likely in a tropical environment. The untouched dial is mint.

Our watchmaker has freshly cleaned and oiled the movement, which is running very strong and true. For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a new lizard strap and the watch's original IWC buckle 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.

  • Manufacturer: IWC
  • City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 1,729,897
  • Year movement built: 1963
  • Model: Ref. 907A
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Men 
  • Dimensions: 34mm wide (without crown), 38mm lugs tip-to-tip
  • Case condition: Honest original condition. It presents very nicely on the wrist. The case back shows corrosion around the edges consistent with it being in a warm humid climate. The side of the lugs toward the bottom show wear from being in a vice in order for a previous watchmaker to remove the back.
  • Dial: Silver, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, baton indexes, outer minute track, original and untouched, mint condition
  • Hands: Original, gold dauphines
  • Jewels: 21 rubies
  • Band: Lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn, fitted with watch's original gold tone IWC buckle. We also stock lizard 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 854, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
  • Serviced: Yes, cleaned and oiled.
  • Timed: 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 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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