The superior automatic IWC featured in today's offering is powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 854B 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."
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 this watch in the late 1960's to early 1970's at the same they were building their famous Ingenieur line. Unlike many IWC movements, this high-grade 8541B is adjusted to five positions.
Its monococque - or one-piece - case, which when new achieved high water resistance ratings by not having a separate case back, if full size with a cool retro style. It measures 35mm in diameter without the crown, in between the size of Rolex Date and Datejust models.
All of its parts are IWC down to its dial, hands, and its original signed winding crown. Its dial has been previously refinished in a white Roman "Buckley" style.
It has just finished a true expertly done restoration and presents as gorgeous mint.
Its case presents as gorgeous mint. Its white dial has been meticulously refinished - the printing could pass as IWC factory done to the naked eye.
As part of the restoration, the movement has been overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. It is keeping accurate time.
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, it has been equipped it with a brand new leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
You won't be disappointed - a more than half-century old IWC that looks like new on the wrist!
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Case no.: 2,113,674
Year built: c. late 1960's to early 1970's
Model: Ref. R815A
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds, Date
Designed for: Men
Dimensions: 35mm wide (without crown - 37mm with crown), 40mm lugs tip-to-tip
Case condition: Presents as gorgeous mint
Case markings (inside): International Watch Co., Swiss, R815A
Dial: White with black painted Roman numerals, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes, outer minute track, expertly previously refinished in this white Roman style
Movement: IWC caliber 8541, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 23 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
Hands: Original, steel batons
Jewels: 23 rubies
Band: Calfskin 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.
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Movement: IWC caliber 8541B, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 23 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator, adjusted to five positions
Serviced: Yes, overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. Because the crown on the watch is recessed it's a great candidate for a watch winder.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.