IWC - The Watch Auction: One Geneva Saturday, May 9, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: 1950
    Movement No: 1'235'828
    Case No: 1’256’483
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, 85
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, dial, case signed
    Accessories: IWC receipt and pouch
    Literature: For an IWC wristwatch from the 1950s with similar cloisonné enamel dial see Ore d'Oro 2 by J. Barracca, G. Negretti, F. Nencini, p. 161

  • Catalogue Essay

    Vintage wristwatches with cloisonné enamel dials are not just wristwatches. They are considered amongst collectors true works of art.
    Stern Créations has been the best known and most skilled manufacturer of cloisonné enamel dials during the golden era, considered the period spanning from the 1940s to 1960s. Switzerland’s most prestigious watch manufacturers were supplied with enamel dials from Stern, including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin and IWC, just to name a few. The most beautiful dials were finished by Mrs Marguerite Koch, master enameller working for Stern.
    Thankfully, the Stern records still exist today, allowing us to identify individual dials. The present example, numbered on the back-plate “61*2544”, is listed in the Stern records as having been made for IWC as “fleurs stylisées” (stylized flowers). Interestingly, it is also mentioned that the dial features 13 gold hour markers, at first sight rather unexplainable. Closer examination however reveals that at the 12 o’clock position there are 2 faceted baton markers mounted, very close next to each other.
    The present watch is also fitted with IWC’s in-house calibre 85, the first automatic movement made by the firm in series. This movement was only in production in 1950 and 1951.
    Without a doubt, this IWC is one of the most beautiful and valuable vintage wristwatches by the venerable manufacture to appear on the market in years.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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A fine and very rare yellow wristwatch with cloisonné dial

34mm. Diameter
Movement, dial, case signed

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF37,500

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The Watch Auction: One

Geneva Auction 10 May 2015 6:30pm