1967 IWC Yacht Club Vintage Large Mens Watch, Cal. 8541 Automatic - Stainless Steel


Item No. 8643

Today's offering showcases this very fine and meticulously restored IWC Yacht Club powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 8541 movement in gorgeous restored condition. Our photos couldn't begin to do it justice.

Measuring 36mm in diameter without the large crown, it is the same size as a Rolex Datejust but presents in our opinion even a bit larger.

IWC built the movement of this very fine wristwatch in 1967 at the same time they were building their famous Ingenieur line. Designed to be more stylish and sporty than the pragmatic Ingenieur, though still extremely durable, these large men's watches retained the high-performance timekeeping qualities of their sibling under normal wearing conditions.

These watches were more elegant than the pragmatic Ingenieur but shared the high-performance timekeeping qualities in normal wearing conditions and featured a water-resistant case, as one would expect from a nautically themed watch.

More than just stylish and durable, this impressive Yacht Club is a precision timekeeping instrument. Powered by the Pellaton Caliber 8541 movement, the same caliber found in Ingenieurs, 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." 

It is fully IWC down to the original fished signed waterproof crown and has just finished a true expertly done restoration. It presents in gorgeous condition - a 9.6 out of 10.

Its full size case presents as mint. Its royal blue dial has been meticulously restored - the printing of the words could pass as IWC factory done to the naked eye.

Despite what the photos seem to suggest, the dial is a deep rich true royal blue.

As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly fully overhauled by a Master Watchmaker and is running very accurately.

For the finishing touch it has been equipped with a brand new calfskin leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

A five and a half decade old IWC that presents like new on the wrist!

  • Manufacturer: IWC
  • City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 1,870,850
  • Model: Yacht Club, ref. R811A
  • Year built: 1967
  • Case condition: Mint with very light signs of polishing and the slightest remnants of wear around the wrench facets
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds, Date
  • Designed for: Men 
  • Dimensions: 36mm wide (without crown), 43mm lugs tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Royal blue, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen, Yacht Club and AUTOMATIC, steel baton indexes topped with white, outer minute track, expertly restored. Despite what the photos seem to suggest, the dial is a deep rich true royal blue.
  • Hands: Steel batons
  • Jewels: 23 rubies
  • Bands: Calfskin 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 type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Movement: IWC caliber 8541, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 23 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
  • Serviced: As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly fully overhauled by a Master Watchmaker and is running very accurately.
  • Timing: 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 international 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
  • 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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