IWC - The Geneva Watch Auction: XII Geneva Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: Circa 1942
    Movement No: 1'027'053
    Case No: 1'060'087
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 83, 15 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by IWC Certificate from the Archives.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Presented in astounding condition, the present IWC with caliber 83 is a sight to behold. While the case retains strong proportions and clean lines, most astoundingly, the dial has aged over the years and turned a lovely golden chestnut brown hue which is uniform throughout, giving the watch a star quality. Most astoundingly, there are barely any signs of wear on the dial. The hue of the dial is perfectly complimentary to the stainless steel. Of particular note is the oversized case - at 38 milimeters, it was incredibly large and modern for the period and extremely rare.

    Research with the manufacture shows that the watch left the factory on April 7th, 1942 and was subsequently sold to Weinstabl, Prague

  • 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 rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with chestnut "tropical" dial

Circa 1942
38mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for CHF17,640

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XII

Geneva Auction 6 - 7 November 2020