The uncommon, very fine, and meticulously restored automatic IWC showcased in today's offering is powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 854 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."
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."
The company built this watch in 1963 at the same they were building their famous Ingenieur line. Unlike most automatic IWC's from the era which almost always came in round cases, this is a much less common square cased automatic IWC.
While not a large watch at all, it wears just a bit larger than its dimensions.
It has all of its original parts and has just finished a true expertly done restoration. It presents as gorgeous condition - a 9.7 out of 10. Our photos couldn't begin to do it justice.
Its dial has been meticulously refinished - the printing could pass as IWC factory done to the naked eye. Its case presents as mint.
As part of the restoration, the movement has been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new UN in our testing recording position.
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.
As of this writing we are listing a pair of these watches with black dials - this one with steel batons and another with white painted Roman indices.
A sixty year old IWC that amazingly looks like new on the wrist!
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.
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 1,730,315
Case no.: 1,723,175
Model: Ref. R1160A
Year built: 1963
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 31mm wide (without crown), 38.5mm lugs tip-to-tip
Case condition: Presents as mint
Dial: Matte black, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes, expertly restored
Hands: Original, steel batons, restored to mint condition
Movement type: IWC caliber 854, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 23 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
Jewels: 23 rubies
Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of other straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 18mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: Yes, freshly fully serviced by a Master Watchmaker. It winds smoothly.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new UN in our testing recording 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.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.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.