Today's offering showcases this very fine and meticulously restored IWC Yacht Club powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 8541B movement. 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 1970 at the same 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 8541B 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 has all of its original parts down to its original fished signed waterproof crown and has just finished a true expertly done restoration. It presents in gorgeous condition - a 9.7 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 Watchamaker and is running extremely accurately.
We have also timed it on a machine that spins it in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist, and it continued to keep time like a brand new IWC running within -2 seconds/day.
For the finishing touch it has been equipped with a brand new 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.
An five and a half decade old IWC that presents 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 used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center. He also has done authorized watchmaking work for the Richemont Group's Service Center, owner of Cartier, IWC Schaffhausen, and many others.
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial no.: 1,974,974
Model: Yacht Club, ref. R811 AD
Year built (movement): 1970
Case number: 1,931,424
Case condition: Mint with slight signs of previous polishing to the back and light aging inside the engine bay as is common with these.
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, outer minute track, expertly restored. Despite what the photos seem to suggest, the dial is a deep rich true royal blue.
Hands: Original, steel batons
Jewels: 23 rubies
Bands: 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 8541B, 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 Watchamaker.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. We have also timed it on a machine that spins it in all directions simulating it being worn on the wrist, and it continued to keep time like a brand new IWC running within -2 seconds/day.
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 used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center. He also has done authorized watchmaking work for the Richemont Group's Service Center, owner of IWC Schaffhausen, Cartier and many others.
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.