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Why We Love It
For every sturdy, robust military watch or no-nonsense chronograph that the International Watch Company created, there were scores of elegant dress watches whose simple exteriors belie the intricate workings within.
This charming IWC manual wind dress watch is no exception. It features a 28mm solid 14K Yellow Gold case showing only light wear and oxidation, giving it just the right amount of character. The black gloss sector dial features a gilt printed chapter ring, applied Breguet quadrant markers, and subsidiary seconds at the 6:00 position.
At 30mm, it's a small piece, but packs a lot of punch. It's a truly timeless dress watch that's high on style and the rich history that IWC has to offer.
During World War II, IWC Schaffhausen was kept busy fulfilling military contracts, including instrumentation for aircraft and wristwatches for ground troops and pilots. However, once peace settled in, the military contracts dried up. IWC, like many other Swiss manufactures, found itself refocusing production to civilian models as tastes shifted away from the spartan military watches that had dominated the war years.
The transition into creating dress watches finished in precious metals and powered by robust movements also gave IWC a longstanding reputation of being a manufacture of truly elegant dress watches. Although overlooked today by the mainstream collector, these post-war years dressers are incredibly stylish and brilliantly engineered - not to mention incredibly rare!
14K Yellow gold case is approximately 28.8mm (excluding the crown). IWC Manual-Winding Movement. Circa 1940s.
Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition overall showing light wear and oxidation consistent with age and use. Black dial is in excellent condition with crisp printing and applied Breguet numerals. Yellow gold handset. Unsigned crown.
Includes 18mm black leather strap with gold toned buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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