IWC Platinum Dress Watch
$5,900.00

IWC Platinum Dress Watch

Why We Love It

While IWC is known best among watch connoisseurs for its military watches such as the Mark IV or the aviation-inspired chronographs like this one, the manufacture’s abilities are by no means restricted to those areas.

For every sturdy, robust military watch or no-nonsense chronograph, there are scores of elegant dress watches whose simple exteriors belie the intricate workings within.

This particular watch is finished in platinum and features a gorgeous satin silver 'linen' dial with applied faceted indices, a matching dauphine handset, and IWC's Calibre 853 automatic-winding movement housed within its 35mm case.

This piece remains in excellent condition and is wearable by today's standards - and for any wrist. Not to mention, with its precious metal case, this is a total sleeper!

The Story

While IWC is known best among watch connoisseurs for its military watches—like the Mark XI—or aviation-inspired chronographs like this one, the manufacture’s abilities are by no means restricted to those areas.

For every sturdy, robust military watch or no-nonsense chronograph, there are scores of elegant dress watches whose simple exteriors belie the intricate workings within.

During World War II, IWC was busy fulfilling military contracts, as one of twelve manufacturers to supply watches to the British troops—the W.W.W. or Watch Wristlet Waterproof, known to watch collectors as the Dirty Dozen. However, once peace settled in, the military contracts dried up. IWC, like many watch manufactures, found itself having to refocus production as civilian tastes shifted away from the spartan military watches that had dominated the war years.

IWC, always known for being on the forefront of technical innovations, had made great strides in developing movements that were resistant to shock and magnetic interference. The best-known among these was the Calibre 89—designed by master calibrist Albert Pellaton—which powered the Mark XI pilot’s watch. Not wanting to eschew the lessons learned during the war, IWC chose to base their triumphant reentry into the civilian market on its proven movement. 

The civilian watches that IWC built around the Calibre 89 were constructed from various materials, from stainless steel to 18k solid gold.

Details

SKU: AS04763

Platinum case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 853 automatic-winding movement by IWC. Circa 1950s.

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Non luminous satin silver 'linen' dial is in excellent condition showing light fading throughout with with applied faceted indices and matching ‘dauphine’ handset. Unsigned crown.

Includes Analog:Shift Hawaiian Blue Alligator strap with IWC signed steel pin buckle.

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