A highly rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with enamel dial and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: 1977
    Reference No: 9216
    Movement No: 2'046'387
    Case No: 2'196'983
    Model Name: Yacht Club
    Material: 18K yellow gold and enamel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 854B, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold IWC Gay Frères bracelet, max length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold IWC Gay Fères deployant clasp stamped GF
    Dimensions: 35.5mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most intriguing aspects of watch collecting is that even nowadays novel and unexpected timepieces can be in fact discovered, as the present watch demonstrates. This IWC Yacht Club ref. 9216 dons a supremely attractive cloisonné enamel dial. The design follows in the tradition of other IWC cloisonné timepieces, featuring a floral decoration (for another example see lot 199, The Geneva Watch Auction: One ).

    However, the present watch presents two traits which makes it highly unusual and extremely appealing. First, the presence of an enamel dial in such a sporty timepiece is highly unusual. Secondarily, according to IWC the watch was sold on November 4, 1977 in Qatar. Cloisonné enamel dials are typical of the 1950s/1960s. It is highly unusual to find a cloisonné timepiece this late. In depth analysis of the dial, however, confirm its originality, with the back bearing the expected counter-enamel layer - applied to prevent cracking of the front due to faster cooling of the back - and bearing the codes “61 -the client code for IWC-(Stern Star)2558”, matching what is found on other IWC enamelled timepieces. While the IWC archive fails to mention the dial style, it is our opinion - and IWC heritage department’s as well - that the watch was in fact born in this configuration, making the timepiece as unusual as it is charming and collectible.

  • Maker Bio

    IWC

    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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IWC

Ref. 9216
A highly rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with enamel dial and bracelet

1977
35.5mm Width
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,800-23,000
$15,100-25,200

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019