1978 IWC Vintage Mens Automatic Watch, Silver Dial with Date, Stainless Steel - Like New Old Stock


Item No. 6408

Today's offering showcases this very cool "Albert Pellaton" IWC with a classic retro look in amazing condition. It is in very rare untouched like new-old-stock condition with its original box.

Powering it is it cal. 8541 movement, part of the caliber 85 family of movements designed by Albert Pellaton and that feature his renowned winding system. 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." 

The company built this watch at the same time they were building their famous Ingenieur line which also had watches powered by the caliber 8541.

It has never been opened since leaving the IWC factory. The case has never been polished - it's completely original and untouched. It has just the slightest bit of wear, which is hardly more than handling wear. It's a true time capsule piece.

Its winding is very smoothly, and it is running very true, although a servicing is recommended if it is to be used regularly. Please inquire if you would like our Master Watchmaker to perform the work.

Besides making a special addition to a fine collection, this could make an incredible 40th birthday gift for someone special.

We purchased five watches from the daughter of the original owner and the original owner's spouse, including this watch and another IWC in comparable condition.

Included with the purchase is a one-year international 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.

A four decade old IWC that looks like new on the wrist!

  • Manufacturer: IWC
  • City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • Case no.: 2,195,503
  • Year built: 1978
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds, Semi-Quicket Date (back and forth between 9pm-3am)
  • Designed for: Men 
  • Dimensions: 34.5mm wide (without crown), 40mm lugs tip-to-tip
  • Case condition: Presents like new-old-stock. Shows the slightest bit of wear, that's not much more than handling wear.
  • Dial: Silver, Signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes, outer minute track, original, mint condition
  • Hands: Original, luminous steel batons with black
  • Band: Italian calfskin leather with alligator grain, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn and lightly worn leather band. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask if you're interested.
  • Crystal: Acrylic, original, just short of perfect mint condition with a couple of very short hairlines
  • Movement:  IWC caliber 8541, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 23 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator
  • Serviced: No, it has never been opened since leaving the IWC factory. Its winding is very smoothly, and it is running very true, although a servicing is recommended if it is to be used regularly. Please inquire if you would like our Master Watchmaker to perform the work.
  • 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; 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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